November 10, 2020

Susan McBreairty
"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living." Psalm 27:13
Love inspires confidence. The Bible is a collection of stories of ultimate love. We can be confident to go into each day with God’s love and He will reveal to us how we can serve His purpose.

I feel my faith increasing. My belief, in the power of love that the Holy Trinity graciously gives, grows deeper. This growth is a direct result of having accepted Pastor Erin Noh’s Bible-reading challenge, not once but twice this year.

First was the 40-day New Testament Challenge. Day 1 began April 13 and New Testament reading ended May 28, 2020. The stories of the New Testament are not new to me. Though new perspectives and Ah-Ha! moments abounded. The beautiful messages in the Book of Revelations outweigh confusing images. The Apostle Paul is less intimidating and I can move past old feelings of frustration and relax into the messages of God’s love, Jesus’ incredible sacrifice, and the constant source of strength the Holy Spirit provides.

The second challenge followed a 100-day Old Testament reading plan. Day 1 was June 22 and continued through October 4. Whew! What a read. It was so helpful to be part of a GroupMe app that allowed those of us who accepted the challenge to share comments and/or questions along the way.

Delving into the Word on a continuous basis will continue to be part of my life and I have every confidence that the gift of faith given thus far will continue to increase. Another direct result will be my continued desire to serve where God leads me to serve and to give. I know from where my blessings come and I will strive to fulfill the call to serve in His name.

Being a member of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church is a means to remain connected to other believers and doers. It is truly a privilege to be among you. I am your sister in the faith.
Most loving Creator, fill our hearts with your love and a desire to serve your purpose, day in and day out. We have faith and confidence that you will. Amen.
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009