Brushing Off The Ashes Of Yesterdays Destruction!

Happy Wednesday!

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


Your thoughts?

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…

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9 thoughts on “Brushing Off The Ashes Of Yesterdays Destruction!

  1. This is one of the things I have always loved about Emily! She always finds a bright side to everything! She finds life in everything! I have to spend a great deal of my time around people who are always pessimistic. It drives me crazy! I always try to find the bright side in anything I can.

    One of the hardest times in my life was when I got pregnant with and the first year of Nechemya's life. When I was pregnant I spent most of my time throwing up and in and out of the hospital. After he was born we also spent 2 months at UVA and I missed my family. I was unable to see them everyday and it was rough. However I look at it this way… I lost 65lbs with Nechemya and now we have an amazing and miraculous healing that we can share with others!!

    I didn't always think this way. I have not always been a positive person. This is a part of my character that took time. I thank God that He has helped me to see that no matter how bad things may seem, or no matter how much it hurts, there is always a bright light at the end, and something good will always come out of the bad!!

    I have had people ask me how in the world I can stand in faith and keep believing for the good. My answer keep leaning on God and do everything you can to stay around the faith filled people like Emily Balsamo! It is contagious! You can't be bummed out when everyone around you is so faith filled!! Eventually God is gonna getcha!! 😉

    Have a blessed day everyone!!!

  2. Well, I am speechless and beyond words!!! I love this blog and it answers so many of my prayers…I feel like I got a personal letter from God Himself….and I just love that phase in the feedback, "God is gonna getcha"…it's so true and to the point!

    Thanks for sharing…I need to do some more journaling as the inspirational thoughts keep flowing this adventurous morning.

  3. This blog is amazing. What your wife said really hit me. Every year on the anniversary of my Dad's death I get really sad and tend to focus way to much on it. I really shouldn't celebrate death. Thats huge for me man! It's really hitting me right now, so im just taking it in. Thanks for sharing that today.

  4. This blog is amazing. What your wife said really hit me. Every year on the anniversary of my Dad's death I get really sad and tend to focus way to much on it. I really shouldn't celebrate death. That's huge for me man! It's really hitting me right now, so I'm just taking it in. Thanks for sharing that today.

  5. Elaine… thank you for saying those kind things about Emily… and thank you guys for loving this message. I am praying for each of you right now… that your FAITH will grow and grow and grow… until you are manifesting the biggest miracles you've ever imagined! Now is the time…

  6. I have been reading your blog everyday for the last few weeks. And everyday it inspires me! Chuck, I just wanted to say if God had not brought us to DFC many years ago I am not sure where we would be today. I am truly grateful for everything you do and I hope you know that you have touched our lives.

    Today, sitting at work having a very stressfulay, I stopped and turned to your blog and WOW! Man, how much I need this word! I am not a very positive person these days. I feel like Eeyore (a character in the Winnie-the-Pooh)these days. It seems like everything that can go wrong has gone wrong….

    One of the things on my year plan is to trust in the Lord no matter what and walk by faith not sight. Which at times is very hard. But a few weeks ago God gave me this verse and it has helped me to stay strong "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8)

    Pastor keep up the good work… Emily and you are both are amazing, faith filled people. Thank you for all that you and Emily do.

    • Tiffany, I was just reading my contact notes on your and Tim and realized that Marcus Maranto invited you to DFC when you worked at the bmw/Mercedes dealership in Charlottesville. How glad I am that you guys have become such a big part of our lives throughout the years. Your encouragement today changes my LIFE! Thank you. 🙂

  7. I love the thought of Resting Faith.

    Just yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about exercise and heart rate and the idea the resting Heart rate(RHR) is a great measure of fitness and health.

    Resting Faith is the same- I get a base amount straight from Our Lord and then I have to exercise it to make it "more fit". If my active and conscious faith is solid and used my Resting Faith can improve and I can survive challenges.

    God Bless and thanks