Resources: June 2021~Faithfulness

downloadable PDF:  Women of Faith Resources June 2021

Quotes for June

“At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon.” ~Edgar Allan Poe

“June is the time for being in the world in new ways, for throwing off the cold and dark spots of life.” ~Joan D. Chittister

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.” ~John Steinbeck

Our Virtue for June – Faithfulness

Faithfulness is believing that God is Who He says He is in our lives and who people in our lives say they are. It keeps us steadfast in daily life no matter what happens. We trust things will work out for what is best for us. We trust God will give us the graces we need to carry out His will for us. We also trust that we will be there for the people who need us and that they will be there for us, too, in our need. The only way we can have such faithfulness is by the Holy Spirit’s influence. It is the Spirit of God that impels us to seek our being on pathways meant for us by God. It is the Holy Spirit who calls us to faithfulness in our very hearts, in our inward self.

Some synonyms or qualifiers of faithfulness are: fidelity, loyalty, constancy, true-heartedness, commitment, dependability, reliability, trustworthiness, and steadfastness.

Scriptures on Faithfulness:  As we pray with these Scriptures, we place ourselves into the Scripture passage. We are encouraged to go to the citations below to read them in context.

John 20:29:  “Happy are they who have not seen, yet still believe.”

Hebrews 10:23:   “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for God who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 3:6:  “But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”

Psalm 36:5:  “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.”

As we hopefully move away from the COVID Season, we seek new ways to be faithful to others in our daily lives:

• Reading a second book to your child or grandchild when it is already after bedtime.
• Cooking dinner instead of ordering a take-out for the third night in a row.
• Getting up to exercise with your partner when you would rather sleep in.
• Volunteering at school when you would rather stay home.
• Prioritizing yard work when you do not feel like doing so.
• Showing up for a meeting at church or elsewhere when you do not feel like going.
• Phoning a friend who always drones on and on.
• Being faithful to prayer time instead of playing a computer game.
• Responding to emails from acquaintances.
• Mailing a letter or card to a long-time friend.

Spiritual Reading

The following articles can nurture our sense of faithfulness in our daily life. You are invited to prayerfully reflect on the contents as you read.

The Importance of Faithfulness in the Life of the Believer: Michael Johnson. This is a reflection study for leaders in government on how faithfulness stems from character, collegiality, and cultivation.

Reflecting God’s Faithfulness: Various authors. The authors names are found within the article. They present how faithfulness is lived at various ages and times in our lives.

Why Ordinary Faithfulness Is Enough: Glenna Marshall. What is required, what is needed and how to nurture everyday faithfulness are the themes of this article.

Music that Nurtures Faithfulness

The music listed below can guide and enhance our experience of faithfulness.

Songs of God’s Faithfulness – Women of Faith Perly Fabros.

God Is Faithful – Christian Country Gospel Songs – AMAZING Grace and more by Lifebreakthrough, Cordillera Music & Arts.

Beautiful Instrumental Hymns, Peaceful Music, Piano & Flute “Great is thy Faithfulness” by Tim Janis.

Beautiful Inspirational Songs – FOREVER FAITHFUL by Life breakthrough

Art that Depicts Faithfulness

Spend some time in prayer as you gaze on the artwork below. Let the images enter your heart to guide your daily lived experience of FAITHFULNESS.

 

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Reflect on how God’s faithfulness may be seen in this image. Imagine the conversation this couple is enjoying together.

 

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Take time to remember instances of God’s faithfulness to you and yours to God. Reflect on the timing of these instances. Sit in awe before the grace of timing in your life.

 

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If you could draw images of your faithfulness to God and/or to others, what would it look like? Imagine this ongoing growing faithfulness. Draw it if you are so inclined. Then, place it where you can see it daily for awhile … perhaps in your Bible, on a mirror, or at any special place of your choice.

Websites that Spark Faithfulness

Animals can be particularly faithful. They, too, reflect God’s faithfulness. Visit 8 Most Loyal Animals in the World and The 10 Animals most Faithful to Their Mates.

Sustained by the Faithfulness of God by John Piper at desiringGod.org.

Faith – Why it is So Important for Steem at steemit.com.

 

Women of Faith SSA greet our readers in a special way. Know you are in our prayers, too.