I learned something huge from a conversation I had this morning with my wife, Emily Balsamo. One year ago today, Emily’s amazing father went to heaven. Merle Wall was one of the greatest men of our day. His love shaped our family! There is still an empty place in our lives that is slowly being filled with God’s amazing grace, new and existing relationships, and the distractions created with our ongoing adventure of life.
At 6:50am this morning, I looked deep into Emily’s eyes and I smiled at her with tremendous compassion. I came close to her and wrapped my arms around her. I asked, “How are you doing this morning?” She replied, “I’m doing good, Charlie.” I said, “You know that today is the anniversary of your dads passing?”
“I Don’t Celebrate Death” -Emily Balsamo
She raised a smile on her face and said to me, “It’s ok, because I’m not celebrating the anniversary of his passing. I don’t celebrate death. His birthday is September 1st. That’s the day when I will remember him and celebrate the amazing father he was to me.”
Emily is the very first person I’ve ever known to make the comment, “I don’t celebrate death.” She said, “This is going to be a great day because when I think about my dad, I will remember his LIFE.”
We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Emily has a few weaknesses of her own, just as I do. This morning, I am shining a light on one of the many treasures I’ve mined from Emily Elizabeth Wall Balsamo!
Emily is a woman of great faith! She is incomparably optimistic in the face of high challenge, even in the face of epic devastation. It’s a gift!
Measure Your Natural Faith
I told Emily, “You have the largest natural deposit of faith of anyone I’ve ever met. I’m not like you. In fact, most people are not like you. The default program that runs my mind causes me to lean more pessimistically. When my day goes bad, then I feel bad unless I consciously readjust my paradigm through prayer and scripture meditation. Sometimes, that doesn’t even work and I have to find someone like you to talk me UP.”
Develop Your Resting Faith
Then I noticed something even bigger than that initial discovery. I realized that I used to have a far more active faith then I have operating in my life today. I realized that the past two years of trial and pain have eroded away at my resting faith!
I want you to think about that phrase, “Resting Faith.” Do you have a resting faith, a base faith, a shield of faith that is fully surrounding your life? Have you taken the time to reprogram your mind… so that you don’t have to consciously readjust your paradigm through prayer and scripture meditation, or intensive counseling every time life hands you a challenge?
Brush Off The Ashes of Yesterdays Destruction
This is especially important for anyone who has gone through an extended season of hardship. If you are not careful, fear will become the default setting… and you will develop a “Resting Fear” instead of a “Resting Faith.” Then, you will attract destruction as you look for it!
Decide right now, that you are going to do whatever it takes to snap out of your depression! Make time in your early morning routine, to repair your shield of faith! Develop a heart like Emily that always hopes, always believes, always smiles, always moves the mountains!!
I was getting very close to having a faith like that at one point in my life. Then the fires of trial came and blew me over. I laid down and cried for some time. I got back up to my feet and started to walk again. But still, I wasn’t the same as I was before.
And now, in this season of transition, I hear the Lord saying to me, “Rise again, man of faith! Face the odds… defy them! Stand up straight and command the storms! Stop going around the mountains when I’ve commanded you to make them move! Brush off the ashes of yesterdays destruction. This is a new day. You are becoming a new man. On the other side of this current metamorphosis, you will be the greatest you’ve ever been!”
Maybe you can benefit from my encounter with God this morning. What He says to me, He is saying to all who are like me. Read the following verses and pray about what is written as you watch the worship video that follows.
“So be truly glad.There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (1Peter 1:6-8 NLT)
We Will Overcome, Desperation Band
Just like every morning, I just finished praying for you very passionately. I sincerely hope you feel the difference all day long.
With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!