growing my faith

This Year’s Intention – Growing Strong in my Faith

As the end of the year draws near, I’d like to reflect on this year’s intention of growth.  At the beginning of 2019, I set the intention for growing strong in my faith, growing emotionally, and growing my coaching practice.  Since  I started writing this post during my stay in Jerusalem, on the final days of a Bible Study tour of Israel, I’d like to focus on sharing my journey of growing strong in my faith.
Jerusalem - Growth in Faith
Overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem
When I heard about this tour from my church in December last year, I seized the opportunity to do it.  Visiting the sites with crowds of people from all walks of the earth, I felt God’s infinite glory and power resonate as we stood on the grounds where His presence is ever strong.  It’s an indescribable feeling.  Overwhelming emotions swept over me.  The heaviness on my shoulders lifted.  A much needed break, I suppose from the stresses of life with a focus inward into my spirit.  It was also a meaningful bonding time with my mom whom I haven’t spent much of my time with, since the girls were born.
Bet-She’An
Mom and I at Bet-She’An

You might wonder what spiritual growth has to do with wellness.  A belief in a higher power, greater than you, has a significant impact on your well-being.  Maslow identified transcendence as a human being need. A need above self-actualization on his hierarchy of needs. This was a realization Maslow had prior to his death, therefore less well-known.  When our personal needs are fulfilled, this is when we thrive!

I’ve previously written “Life Satisfaction” as one of the elements of a thriving well-being.  What is Life Satisfaction?

A strong sense of purpose in life

Gratitude and appreciation for what you have

Joy in your life

Satisfaction in personal relationships

Satisfaction in work relationships

I connect a strong sense of purpose in my life through the faith I have in God and the promise He made for us through His son, Jesus. Today, my faith stands stronger compared to what it was years ago. I feel this journey started when my husband and I started a family. Children are definitely a catalyst for many of the changes in our lives.  They are a blessing and I am grateful to be where we are in our lives today.
Did you set an intention for this year?  
What are your thoughts on transcendence and sense of purpose?

10 Comments

  1. Israel is a really special place for people of so many faiths. So glad to read that your visit there was so meaningful for you

    1. It was very meaningful – thank you. And it was a place of gathering for people of many faiths.

  2. What a neat trip! I have always had a strong faith, and going through my surgery ordeal two years ago affirmed everything. I never felt betrayed by what had happened to me, but instead had a strong sense of calm through everything. I think that is what ensued such a successful rally back when I was allowed to run again.

    1. Hi Kim, I would have never known you had surgery – you’ve come out of it so much stronger with the PRs you’ve had this year.

  3. I loved reading this. I’ve been wanting to visit Jerusalem for a long time now and I hope I get the opportunity someday. I’ve been working on spending time with God every morning and night as well as throughout my day to strengthen my relationship with Him. Thanks so much for sharing, sister!

    1. Hi Dominique – thank you for sharing the time you spend to strengthen your relationship with God. I hope you have a chance to visit Jerusalem in the future.

  4. What an amazing and life changing trip! I’m still on a journey when it comes to my faith but each day I learn something new.

    1. Thanks Kim – and I feel that faith is a never-ending journey. We always learn something new everyday.

  5. I always wanted to visit Israel. Such an amazing place. Has some special energy, that’s true! I’m glad to hear you had such a great and eye-opening experience there. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    1. Hi Natalie! It is an amazing place and hope you have a chance to visit in the future.

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