My year of *Believe* {part one}

This has been my year of Believe. I’ve joined the OneWord365 project for two years running and wrote about it HERE way back in January of this year. Then, in February, I wrote about how I found the word Believe.

Have you been focusing on a particular thought, word, or theme this year?

My intention was to write and share about my Believe journey as the year progressed. It’s what I did last year with the word Wait. But I’ve not kept my word.

My year of *Believe* has been…well, where to begin?

The journey has been deep, provoking, challenging, formative, restorative, impacting, and emotional. It’s also been sacred…which led me to decide, after having written those first two posts, this would be a private journey.

Even though I’ve not written directly about Believe since the first of this year, other posts I’ve shared flowed out of what God is teaching me. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen tweets and updates with quotes from the devotional book BELIEVE: What I believe. Who I am becoming.

This devotional, by Randy and Rozanne Frazee, has provided an ongoing jumping-off-place for my year of Believe.

Each morning, I begin my devotion with the day’s reading from this book, which I’ve grown to love. Here’s why…

  1. The daily readings are short and Bible-focused, yet totally relate-able to our life, today.
  2. The book contains 3 sections: Beliefs – Practices – Virtues {each section lasts approximately 12 weeks}.
  3. Each section focuses on 10 specific statements that describe the Christian faith.
  4. Over each 12 week period, the 10 statements in that section repeat over and over {which cements the statements in your heart and mind}.

Though I’ve chosen to hold much of my Believe year sacred, I want to share with you the 10 statements from each of the 3 sections of the devotional book. This will give you a glimpse into what God is teaching me.

Today, I’m sharing from section one, which focuses on the cornerstone beliefs of the Christian faith. Before the year ends, I’ll share a post on section two {the practices of our faith} and section three {the virtues of our faith}.

10 Beliefs

¹The following “10 Beliefs” are from the book BELIEVE: What I believe. Who I am becoming.

“God – I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

“Personal God – I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.”

“Salvation – I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.”

“The Bible – I believe the Bible is the Word of God and has the right to command my belief and action.”

“Identity in Christ – I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God.”

“Church – I believe the Church is God’s primary way to accomplish His purposes on earth.”

“Humanity – I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Savior.”

“Compassion – I believe God calls all Christians to show compassion to people in need.”

“Stewardship – I believe everything I am and everything I own belong to God.”

“Eternity – I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus will return to judge all people and to establish His eternal kingdom.”

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is. Romans 12.2

These 10 beliefs are central to the Christian faith. If you are new to the faith or know someone who is, this devotional is an excellent resource for understanding the basic, central beliefs of our faith.

Even though I was literally born into the Church {to parents grounded in the faith} and became a Christian when I was six years old, spending the first 12 weeks of the year on these 10 Beliefs was something I needed.

What has been your focus this year? What we *Believe* is important, reveals what we are and who we are becoming. Here's what I'm learning.The takeaway…

Even before this year began, I was already asking God to prepare me to more effectively share what I believe – and why. Can I humbly insert here I have two degrees in ministry, and still I prayed this?

He has responded.

Without me going into the deep and personal stuff, maybe you can read between the lines. My year of Believe has been about articulating the basic statements of my faith, and being reminded of what’s important.

This year has definitely been a journey and it’s far from over. In fact, I believe it’s just getting started. This faith journey we are on is not boring or mundane. And there’s always room to grow.

Don’t be afraid to learn more about what you Believe and why. You never know when you might need to share it!

¹BELIEVE: What I believe. Who I am becoming by Randy and Rozanne Frazee.

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6 thoughts on “My year of *Believe* {part one}

  1. Hi Karlene,
    I think it is such a great idea to consistently check in with our belief statements. It keeps our thought life in alignment, as well as our goals and mission. This sounds like a great devotional, too! Thanks so much for always sharing hope with us at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  2. Karlene- what a great way to grow in faith, by focusing on a word! It sounds like you’ve grown and have taken grasp of what you really believe, not just saying it, but living it.
    I’m going to check out this book!

    #MomentsofHope
    Julie

    • This year has been so impacting for me, Heather. And as I mention in the post, I am a life-long church girl besides my education. God has really driven me to this focus and I’m so grateful.

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