Trust: A Fragile Thread

Trust is a fragile thing at best as fragile as a thread.  As my boys were growing up, I often told them they not only needed to be careful who they trusted, but they also needed to prove themselves trustworthy. Trust is one of those rare things that has to be earned, and it continues to be built upon over time.

Through age and experience we learn that not everyone we come in contact with on a daily basis is trustworthy. Many times, I have put my trust in someone only to have it broken, and my feelings tossed aside for their own agenda. On the flip side, I can say I have a wealth of people in my life who I can trust because they have proved to be trustworthy over and over again. So, in reflection, it really is all about where you put your trust. 

I am so thankful I have a Heavenly Father that I can fully and completely trust. I can trust him for my daily provision, protection, peace of mind, and a poultice for my grieving heart.

Psalm 62:8, KJV, “Trust in him at all times, ye people, pour our your heart before him. God is a refuge for us.”

In times of trials and trying circumstances, it is important to know who you can trust. God has proved himself faithful and trustworthy over and over again in my life. As I child, I put my trust in him for my salvation. This was the first thread of trust. Over the years, through each trial or need I have faced, thread upon thread has been added to the trust cord between God and me. I know without a doubt that I can trust him at all times as Psalm 62:8 reveals. Because God strengthened the cord of trust between us, it is stronger than ever and I know it will stand the test of time.

Sometimes we need to talk with someone and do not know if we can put our trust in them to keep it confidential. So often we bury our feelings deep to avoid putting it out there, and risk trust being broken by another. The second half of the verse 8 gives us confidence to know  there is a place where we can pour out our feelings and have them kept safe. We can go to God and tell him everything. Going to God is a proactive plan because he is active in our lives and continues to prove himself to be a refuge (safe place) for us.

Perhaps you are in a place where you feel you can trust no one. You need to know you can trust God. Reach out to him with that first thread of trust, and let him build between you and him a strong cord that will not break. When it comes right down to it, It really is all about who you put your trust in…

Blessings to you!

Amy

Who Are You Trusting Today?

WHO ARE YOU TRUSTING TODAY?

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2, KJV

As I beheld the wonder of the sunrise this morning, I knew deep down in my heart that I would not face anything today alone. God will help me. What my Heavenly Father asks from me is total and complete trust.

When trying circumstances cross our path, our instinct should be to reach out to God and lean in even deeper to Him. We must trust God to guide us and teach us more about Him along the way. We learn to trust God more in the times of dire circumstances. My trust in Him grows when the only direction I can look is up. I must develop my spirit to look to my Heavenly Father first for my daily provision. Sometimes, I wonder why I wait trying circumstances to propel me toward God instead of trusting God fully from the beginning of my day.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6, KJV

I have read and studied over Proverbs 3:5-6 several times over the years. It remains as two of my favorite verses on trusting God. However, when I read it over again today, all I could seem to see was to “lean not on your own understanding”. I want to trust God with all my heart, but, all to often, my own will factors into this process. My human nature wants to do things my way, and to interpret the circumstances in my life in the light of what I perceive about a situation. The unfortunate thing about my understanding comes from the fact that my understanding is flawed. I do not see all sides of a situation. I do not have perfect understanding. Only God has perfect understanding, therefore it would be best for me in any given situation to trust Him above all else, even above what I think to be true. Our help does come from our Heavenly Father as we read in Psalm 121:2. Our help comes from a God who does see all sides of all circumstances, and His understanding of them is far above anything I could imagine. To Trust in God fully means I must comply my understanding and my will into His will. I choose to give up my will to trust that He knows what is best for me. In other words, I completely takes my hands off of the situation I find myself facing, and totally trust God to take care of it and me along the way.

Trust in God often can be a heavy task. The reason for the weight of trust comes from our ability to want to handle the challenges of life on our own. Our pride rears its head, and Satan whispers, “You can do this; You don’t need God!” This is a grievous lie! My help comes from God. My trust in God is often shaken because I fail to heed the verse 6 of Proverbs 3. In everything I do I must recognize that God wants and is present and active in my life. I must acknowledge Him in all that I do throughout every day. With this acknowledgment comes a beautiful and precious promise. When I acknowledge daily in every situation, “He shall direct my paths. (verse 6) His help will be ever present in my daily life.

As I fully lean in to God in total and complete trust, He guides me in the path He has designed for me to take. I challenge you today to be ready to sacrifice your will to God. Recognize the limitations of your own understanding and fully give it over to the Lord. Then you can be assured He will guide your footsteps and you will feel a new found freedom in living a life that is in complete compliance to His will for you.

The Storm rages on…

This morning I awoke to the sound of our bulldog barking uncontrollably. Something outside had set her off to be sure because she is not one given to barking all the time. Only when she hears something out of the ordinary does she let us know. She let us know early. . . As I looked out the window on to front porch, I could not see what had bothered her, but I did see the early morning beauty. The sun was coming up and a haze surrounded our neighborhood. It was a beautiful day. Lately, it has been storms that have set off my four legged friend. I have been studying the significance of storms recently and came upon something I had not seen before in Psalm 107:25, “For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.” There are times when you may feel like the devil is after you and don’t get me wrong spiritual warfare is real and happens every day. In this verse we see that sometimes God raises the stormy wind and the storms to blow in our lives. Why would we experience a storm at the hand of God? If you keep reading in Psalm 107, you will find your answer in verse 28 and 29. “Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” God causes the storm to rage so we can see our need of him. In our culture today we are called on to handle things ourselves. “Get in there and get it done!” “You can’t rely on anyone but yourself.” are the messages we are constantly bombarded with daily. We sometimes miss that “still small voice” calling to us to come to the Father for our daily provision. So the storm rages on getting our attention so we will cry out to the one who has been waiting for us all along. I love Psalm 107:30, ” Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.” Does God need to bring you to a place of quiet this morning? Don’t wait for the storm to rage. Run to your Heavenly Father and let him quiet and refresh your soul.

Blessings to you!

The Battle is not mine…

The spiritual battlefield tires you out, and takes the strength out of you. For those who are in a battle today, I am with you! The last 3 or 4 days it seems like the devil has had my number and is calling it in to the head honchos of the spirit world. My eyes are continuing to tear up, and I just can’t blame it on my allergies. So here I am at the place that I am ready to do battle again…

In the middle of my musings, I realize something significant. I am not alone on the battlefield. In fact, I am never alone and the battle really isn’t mine to win. The Savior is my defender. God will fight for me when I am weary in the battle. I love the verses that speak to all that God is to me.

Psalm 73:26, “…but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Nahum 1:7, “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble…”

Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield…”

Isaiah 46:4 “… I will carry you , and will deliver you.”

And the list goes on and on! God is all these things to us and more. The battle may rage hot for you today, but remember who is fighting for you.  Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We cannot fight a spiritual battle without the help of our Savior who knows how best to fight. So let’s get on our knees together and fight the only way we can with prayer and a whole lot of Jesus.

Hang in there, sweet friends. The battle is not mine or yours. It is Christ’s battle to win.

Blessings to you!

The River…

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. ~Psalm 46:4

I find comfort in being out in nature. When I was in high school, we lived in a home on the river for about 6 years. I can’t begin to count the number of times I sat in the back yard or on the dock and watched the water. Watching the river as it moved along relaxed me. Often, I could feel my stress level going down as I sat there. There was quite a strong current at times, but by just watching you didn’t really notice it. The water held a strength in it as it moved along. It was active, always moving, yet the vastness of it comforted me. The river was a constant in my life. When I sought it out, it was there.

When I think about it, in quite the same way God is reflected in the characteristics of that river. Always active, always moving, but always present. God’s strength and nearness is a comfort to me when I need it most. When I take the time to focus on God and draw near to Him my heart is glad. My stress levels go down and I rest in the one who is unchanging and always constant. Knowing this, it is up to me to daily seek His presence, and watch closely what He is doing for God is always active.

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Blessings to you.

When I am shaken…

Sometimes it feels like I am in the world’s biggest shaker bottle. I am shaken and tossed about so that I cannot find my footing. Life is like that sometimes. It usually happens to us unexpectedly because if we were to anticipate it we could counter with appropriate action. So what’s a girl to do when she is shaken and tried?

As I was reading, Psalm 46 this morning, I kept rereading verse 3, “Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” In order to anticipate and see what to do before this happens, I have to return to verse 1-2. Because God is a refuge, strength, and help, I do not have to fear when I am shaken up. I can recognize the shaking for what it is a testing of my faith. Dr. Henry Blackaby in His book, “Experiencing God“, calls these testings of the faith, markers, that we can look back to and see what God has done in the past and how He brought us through them. I am a planner by nature. I like to know what is coming and be ready with a battle plan, yet often life shakes us up with things we can’t possibly plan to handle. So, I have a new plan for me. When the shaking occurs, run to God immediately. Find refuge in His presence. Let His divine strength radiate through me. Ask for help that is beyond my ability, but comes directly from the Father. Will I ever falter? Sure, I will. Will I have a lapse in executing this new plan? More than likely. Yet, in this, I would hope that next time life shakes me, I will bounce back a little quicker than last time. I will trust God more than last time.  I will rest in God’s presence more and as I learn and grow He will make me over into the Christian He wants me to be.

The shaking of life is going to happen. It is inevitable, but, sweet friends, we are not alone. God is there.

Blessings to you!

#psalm46challenge

Am I in the grip of God or fear?

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.for: or, of Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  ~Psalm 46:1-2
As I read and pray over this Psalm this morning, I am drawn to the phrase, “Therefore will not we fear.”. I often find myself focusing on the circumstances of my life rather than on God. I let these things cause me to fear and worry. The fact of the matter is I do not have to worry or experience fear about my circumstances. Because God is my refuge, I can go to Him with everything that is bothering me. I do not have to be fearful of the “what if’s”. I can choose to rest in the hand of God. I can choose to rest in Him or let fear strangle my trust in God.
I John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.” In the presence of the love of God fear has no place. Many times life will shake us up. Our world will be turned upside down. Will we be paralyzed in the grip of fear or recognize we are in God’s hands? When I feel I am starting to worry or being fearful, this should be my indicator that it is time to focus on God, let Him calm my Spirit, and jump-start my joy in Him.
“Therefore will we not fear…”
I want to live here today!
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