Answering to Faith…

Dear Reader:

My butterfly bush (Beauty Berry) is loaded down with grape-shaped clusters of berries. I sat outside for awhile yesterday looking to see if any butterflies were drawn to it  (since it is covered in purple clusters) but none showed up on my watch.

When I asked Doodle about this ….she said she hadn’t seen many butterflies…maybe they were waiting for it to cool down. The more I thought about it…the more likely that explanation is…I mean it must be tough flying through thick humidity like we are experiencing now…just better to park it for awhile until the humidity drops some.

I did see other flying insects buzzing around so apparently it provides food for a lot of nature’s “flyers.” Faith is reciprocal …the insects and butterflies depend on the bush to produce fruit for eating and the bush relies on the return of butterflies and insects to share in its bounty. A faith win-win situation.

And faith can be a win-win for us mortals in communion with God, too, if we just didn’t keep dropping the ball…or in this case our faith. I think I am doing good with my faith until something comes along to shake it up and suddenly my great faith becomes little and starts running away to find a place to hide.

I get so aggravated with myself when I hear that tiny (exasperated) voice inside me whispering…”Oh you of little faith.”  How many times have I questioned God and how many times has He proven His faith and love to me over and over again…only to discover that it is never enough when obstacles re-appear….”little faith” keeps wanting to pop out from its hiding place and yell “BOO!” as loud as possible at me.

I had this on my mind yesterday after church so God did it again…He provided two ‘God Winks’ with two little sets of verse from two unknown authors that spoke directly to me…hope you enjoy each as much as I did.

A traveler crossed a frozen stream
in trembling fear one day;
Later another drove across,
and whistled all the way.
Great and little faith alike
were granted safe convoy;
One had pangs of needless fear,
the other all the joy.

How powerful is that thought? Why do we humans insist on making life harder for ourselves than necessary…God has given us the bridge of faith to cross in any emergency…so we should be joyful  in His gift and let needless fear empty itself into the deep, dark crevice under the bridge.

Doubt sees the obstacles
faith sees the way.
Doubt sees the darkest night
Faith sees the day.
Doubt dreads to take a step
Faith soars on high.
Doubt questions ‘who believes?’
Faith answers, ‘I.’

So until tomorrow…Father…help us grow stronger and fearless in our faith…standing up for it with outreached arms stretching to the stars…yelling loudly “I have FAITH in You GOD!”

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*Over the summer I decided that there was one wall in my “Happy Room” that needed a ‘renovation.’ I usually kept some kind of artwork/painting on it…but since I have Mandy’s beautiful painting on the other side of the room…I felt like I needed something different.

Here it is…the sconces came in over the weekend…and just completed the decor. Right now I have rocks/plants in the mason jars but I figured over the holidays I will add candles for a really festive look!



About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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5 Responses to Answering to Faith…

  1. Sis H Kinney says:

    Good morning, Becky!
    Nice new decor for the one wall. I really like the sconces and the piece in between!
    As for “faith,” I, too, am one who is constantly struggling. The verse, “I believe; help my unbelief” seems to pop into my head a lot. Help my unbelief.
    While y’all have the humidity, we are having mild temps with afternoon showers. Unfortunately, this usually means a cloudy, moonless night (at least as far as our vision of it is concerned). I’m pretty sure it will be a cloudy day on the day of the eclipse (according to the local weather guru).
    BUT! I do know that the sun WILL come out – “tomorrow,” Right?!

    Much love,


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Worry is just ingrained in our genetics I believe…that is why it makes it extra hard to leave the physical and concentrate on the spiritual!


  2. bcparkison says:

    Oh no…that is beautyberry and if it is like those in my pasture it is very ‘hardy’ so to speak.
    But I do think the mosquitos run the other way which may be why the baby cows used to congregate under them. These days we all need our faith to be bold.


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