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 evil, to establish us in His faith. By 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 the acquisition of faith. Faith is freely given in the quietness of our heart, and it is perfected by the storms that circle outside of our hearts. Like the snow… faith covers my blemishes, freezes our fears and ultimately it waters our soul 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 afore prepared that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
God’s grace is freely given, who we are as faithful followers of Christ are the result of the work God does in us. We are His workmanship.
 American Standard Version (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995), Eph 2:8–10.