Fire and Fragrance


Daily Prompt: In Good Faith

Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time.


© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

Wounds and scars, leftovers of pain
will they stop me from trying again?
Can I spend my pain like cash?
Letting good come of my suffering
I uncover my wounds in God’s presence
my offering of fire and fragrance
His healing – poured out oil
on the altar of His love
Was this meant for me alone?
leaning on the Cornerstone
or do I share my deepest pains
to ease you in your suffering?


Faith in What We Don’t See

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. (Hebrews 1:11:1-3 AMP)


 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

For by [faith—trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report.

By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:103 AMP)

By Faith We Understand

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 NKJV)


Dear Lord,

Help us with this faith thing.  You know we tend to believe what we see with our eyes. You call us to trust in what You have said in your Word – things we can’t always see.  You spoke and it just was.  Help us to put more faith in You and your Word, and less in ourselves and in what we see right now.  Heal our wounds and brokenness, and let us help each other out on this journey called life, in Jesus Name.  


  1. Thank you for sharing this . . . our pain is for His glory when we apply mercy and grace to the wounds. ~ Blessings ~

  2. Thanks so much for sharing from your heart and love for Jesus … you are a blessing to me!

    • Thank you, I loved you post today. You are so honest and true with your feelings. Like a breath of fresh air.

  3. Awesome as always.. I love your posts and love that quote by Rick Warren… Your prayers are so powerful. Bless you sis!!

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  5. Excellent, especially with the highlights from Hebrews. Using the Amplified version brings out the best of the best! I was praying through Heb 12:1-2 this morning. We run with endurance as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who endured the cross. The joy set before Him was you and me and all who would be with Him for eternity! Your beautiful poetic reflection is perfect. We comfort others with the comfort we have received from God (2 Cor 1:4). Thanks for the encouragement that you are. Praying for you.

    • Thank you Pastor Deoborah. And thank you for the Scripture, and planting His Word in our hearts. You are always a blessing…

  6. Amen! I love the quote by Rick Warren. He’s really got me under the knife regarding using my past. Kind of painful but I have faith it will be worth it in the end 🙂 Blessings!

    • He helps me too, and he has been through alot. Lord, help us all, in Jesus Name. God Bless you too sis!

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