Monday, January 28, 2013

Praise Post-Trusting the Lord!

Many of you have chosen a word to focus on this coming year (or last) & are choosing to make that word your focus through the coming months. I didn't do that exactly, but it got me to thinking...if I had to choose a word based on what God's been teaching me lately, what would it be? It didn't take me long to realize that where God's working in my life is on TRUST. Trusting Him in all things and trusting Him completely.

Let me start by admitting straight up that I'm a bit of a control freak. I want things to be the way I like  them & the way I'm comfortable with...I like knowing that things will happen when they're supposed to...I like being in charge because then I know things will get done and get done right.  Well in the past couple years God has really been working on my heart in this area...forcing me to realize that I really don't control things...HE does! There have been things come up in my life that I couldn't possibly control...and I've really had to learn to give them over to Him and trust that He will work them out...that He will guide me to the right thing and work things out in His time. It's taken awhile, but I finally realized that my heart was changing when my husband lost his job right before Thanksgiving this past fall.

A few years ago finding this out would have completely turned my world upside down, but over the past few years I've had to trust God so much with some really big things, and guess what...He always proved faithful...He always took care of things in the best way possible (not always my way, but always the best way). So when this news came I was able to say..."Wow Lord, I don't know what you'll do...but I know you'll take care of alone are consistently faithful and give me just what I need."  For once, I wasn't stressed or worried (and this was about a really big thing)...what a huge relief to be able to know that I didn't have to worry, that God had good plans for me & my family (Jeremiah 29:11). What an awesome thing to experience God's peace in the middle of  this "would-be/could-be" turmoil.  (And yes, God totally provided for our family...a new position for my husband with less stress, better hours, and great co-workers)

Last fall I started reading an awesome devotional called "Jesus Calling" and I really feel God speaking to me through the words and the scriptures it relates to each day. A few days ago I read this..."Trust is like a staff you can lean on, as you journey uphill with Me. If you are trusting in Me consistently, the staff will bear as much of your weight as needed." (See Proverbs 3:5-6 above) Then a few days later I read this: "My peace is the treasure of treasures, the pearl of great price. You receive this gift by trusting Me in the midst of life's storms". (see John 16:33 below)

Truly....what an awesome gift.  Thank you Lord for changing my heart, for helping me see what trusting you completely can bring in the gift of peace! Amen!



Susan Strawser said...

Thanks for sharing. This was the verse for the sermon this Sunday. It takes both parts - trusting in God AND not leaning on your own understanding. Pastor talked about changing our perspective from horizontal to vertical - taking on a heaven viewpoint. Wow, God is really wanting to get my attention on this so thanks so much for sharing this.

Jessica said...

Amazing reminder! I too am a control freak and God has been showing me lately just how truly not in control I am. It is a daily struggle and words worth remembering! Thanks so much!

Tracey Gregory said...

Amen! This is such a struggle in my life as well. I worry waaay to much. Everytime I have heeded that small still voice to hand it over to God, He has ALWAYS come through! Thank you for this post,Cara!

Nicole Brenna said...

Thanks so much Cara! I know in my head that I shouldnt worry but somehow it gets lost when trying to apply it... There are times that I lay in bed thinking and thinking until finally I realize what am I doing... I need to give this to Him! Jesus will bear this burden and he will make my path straight. You know He is always there for me!

Marjolaine said...

My life is so much easier when I don't worry! Thanks for sharing this piece of your heart with us.

Tamika said...

Love this post!

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