My most humbling discovery was to come to know that I have nothing to do with the acquisition of my faith. It is a gift that God freely gives. We often speak of cultivating our faith… actually our faith cultivates us!
My journey of faith is a unique story of how God uses circumstances, good and bad, to establish us in His faith. God carries us through the consequences of our failures, the grind of our challenges, and the loftiness of our successes. My most humbling discovery was to come to know that I have nothing to do with my acquisition of faith. Faith is freely given by our sovreign Lord, in the quietness of our spirit, and it is perfected by the storms that circle our hearts. Like the snow that blankets a rough terrain, in the hill country of Tennessee, faith covers our blemishes, freezes our fears, and ultimately it waters and replenishes our souls as the icy disappointments of life melt away in the warmth of the redemptive presence of Christ in our lives.
“…for by grace have ye, been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
 American Standard Version (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995), Eph 2:8–10.