Five Ways to Fan the Flames of Faith: Part Three

Five Ways to Fan the Flames of Faith: Part Three
In previous posts, I shared the first two steps of the Five Ways to Fan the Flames of Faith. Today, I’m sharing step three in the acronym F.A.I.T.H.

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“I” is for Internalize
Have you ever read a familiar Bible verse a million times and then one day a fresh revelation from it caught your attention? Years ago, a close friend gave me a wall plaque with a mountain scene and Psalm 46:1 printed on it.

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God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1 NIV

I hung it in a prominent place in our home so that it often reminded me to draw on God’s strength during times of difficulty.
We need to internalize the Word of God daily. It doesn’t matter whether we’re using a Bible reading plan or using a book marker to read our way through the Scriptures; the most important thing is to be in the Word regularly. Some days I only focus on one verse. Other days I read several chapters. The secret is to keep reading until we find encouragement to savor. We can internalize words of wisdom by meditating on Scripture verses.

King David loved God’s Word and hid it in his heart, so should we.

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One of my favorite outcomes of memorizing Scripture verses is the comfort I draw from them in the middle of the night when I wake up and find it difficult to fall back to sleep. Reciting verses fills my heart and mind with goodness.

It fans the flames of faith and burns off fearful thoughts.

Just as Psalm 46:1 says, He is our refuge, our strength, when trouble threatens to disrupt our peace. Life’s problems will still happen, but when we tap into God’s Power, we are able to run into His tower of refuge instead of tumbling under the weight of worry.
I’m a thinker and tinker of thoughts. My analytical mind rarely sits still. I enjoy building with words as intensely as one of my sons built with blocks when he was little. He built tractors, trains, and towers. I build poems, blog posts, and stories that I hope to inspire others with. I hope readers will also turn to the true Tower of refuge and strength.
My son needed to put his creations together one block at a time. But the tower of God is available immediately.

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When we’re experiencing a desert-of-the-soul moment, we don’t need to do a rain dance to resolve our drought. All we have to do is run to Abba-Father, and He welcomes us with open arms.

He’s forgiving of any false towers we may have built. His feet aren’t bothered by blocks lying around on the floor of our failed peace. He’s not a Deity of condemnation because He’s a tower of grace and salvation.
And here’s where I tell you the fresh revelation that sprung from the words in Psalm 46:1—ever-present. I hinted at this already.

God doesn’t need to be assembled or coaxed

into showering us with His presence

because He’s already


We would be wise to internalize this truth—He is our Tower of Refuge and Strength. Our God is not a statue we need to create or a direction we need to face. He is here—now. He is here—always. The Lord is ever-present. It’s we who have moved away when we fail—to pray—to believe—to read the Word that reminds us of who and where He is.

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He is ever-present.

Internalizing the Word of God keeps false gods at bay

and shows us how to fan the flames of faith.

I’d like to close with a poem I wrote on the morning I noticed the glorious truth of our ever-present Father.


Our ever-present God
Is full of strength and truth
Whom we may follow and trust
In everything we do
No rain-dance is required
When we experience drought
Because He’s always present
If we believe and do not doubt.

Ever-present Blessings ~ Wendy

Have you got a favorite Bible verse hanging up in your house? I’m nosy-to-know.

Here are the previous posts related to this topic: Part One ; Part Two

Here’s the link to my podcast page on HopeStreamRadio: Walking with Hope

Next time I’ll share step #4 of the Five Ways to Fan the Flames of Faith.

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14 thoughts on “Five Ways to Fan the Flames of Faith: Part Three

  1. Thanks, Wendy, for your beautiful message encouraging each of us to savour and internalize God’s word daily. He truly is our refuge and strength. I need his ever-present help in times of trouble, and even when life is going smoothly. Today is no exception. Thanks.

  2. Thank you, dear Wendy, for continuing to help us grow our faith! I am taking in what you said about continuing to read if we haven’t found something to savor ! :). Wise and wonderful! God bless you!

    1. Thank you, dear Debbie. It’s an adventure to see what God points out each day. And I need to be still enough to grasp what He’s directing me to consider. This morning He’s reminding me to cling to Him (Psalm 63:8 NIV). <3 I'm also grateful for authors like John Piper who teach us to enjoy God. Yes–fullness of joy is found in Him. 🙂

  3. This is such a great post and beautiful poem! There are so many helpful thoughts here. Thank you for the prompt to keep reading the word until we find encouragement. Below is a portion of scripture that encourages me. <3

    "9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

    11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:9-12

    1. Thank you for sharing these verses, dear Theresa. They encourage me to believe all those Scriptures the kids and I memorized will accomplish His will in His timing. <3

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