(This article was first posted in Afrikaans on Dr Barbara Louw's empowering blog, Hallo Nadia Webjoernaal .)

Faith vs Positivity

Hallo Nadia

Today I want to share a deep conversation from my heart with you. The name Nadia means hope and I like to share with you the origin of hope. The origin of hope is faith.

I noticed that when I talk about faith every conversation is swayed towards positivity. Positivity is quite a buzzword at the time because people talk about positive psychology and positive reinforcement in education. The positivity movement is about the mindset of being optimistic and not looking at life negatively. It is therefore a habit or outlook on life where you deliberately look at the positive in every situation. It's a beautiful idea, but it's not faith.

When I speak of faith, for me it is that deep inner knowing that is greater than my doubts, pain or any confused thoughts. It is an established spiritual knowledge that is greater than my life attitude or human reasoning. In Hebrews 11:1 I read: "To believe is to be sure of things hoped for, to be convinced of things not seen". Jesus said to Thomas: "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe".

I believe God is my Father and my Savior. Jesus also said: "But to all who accepted Him, those who believed in Him, He gave the right to become children of God". This is so much more than positivity because for me it is a matter of faith. A matter between me and God that cannot be changed by anything.

Nadia, I believe that the Bible is God's Word. I read in 1 Corinthians 12 about the gifts of God that include faith, healing and miracles (Please read the whole chapter). Today I can tell you without a hint of doubt that I believe that God works miracles and makes dreams come true. I believe that I am surrounded by God's grace. No diagnosis of stroke, cancer or any illness will make me doubt God's healing power, because I believe He is my Physician.

Faith is therefore a very personal matter that each of us must resolve with our Creator, before life hits us, in the middle of every life storm and when we wonder what hit us. The fact that bad things happen in life is real and a positive outlook on life helps us to get up faster.

I will dare to have firm trust in God's grace every day, which enables me to make decisions in grace and live in love. My faith says that I know God can do far more than I could ever imagine.

Nadia, love your faith!

If you feel down and exhausted, you are welcome to make an appointment so that I can help you pick your head up again. I'm a call away. You can book an appointment yourself without any third party asking a lot of questions by going to my website for online and in-person appointments.