Trust God. They are just two little words that we’ve undoubtedly heard over and over again throughout our lives. But for a whole lot of us trust doesn’t come easy in anyone or anything — especially God. Why is that? Maybe it’s a societal problem and we’ve been programmed to mistrust until proven otherwise. Maybe we’ve been hurt, abused or betrayed by people near and dear to us, and so we struggle with trust. Maybe we feel as though God let us down. Perhaps He didn’t answer that prayer we prayed so earnestly when a loved one was ill, and they died. Perhaps God hasn’t yet healed the illness or pain that has caused us so much suffering for so many years. Perhaps the job we so desperately need hasn’t yet arrived. There are a million scenarios of prayers prayed that aren’t answered in our timing and as we want them to be. So what are we to do? Trust God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
We are asked by our loving Heavenly Father to trust in His will and His timing. Just because our prayers aren’t answered like we want doesn’t mean God isn’t on the scene. Trusting God’s Will and God’s Way is a critical part of our walk with the Lord. It is how God builds our faith and teaches us to persevere in prayer. Anyone can say they ‘Trust God’ when life is going well, but to say and mean those words when the storm is raging all around you, well that’s another thing entirely. Childlike trust in Him — it’s what God wants from all His children.
In my new memoir, Little Girl Crying I tell the whole dark and sordid tale of how I was abused as a child, bullied to the point I was absent more than I attended school, and raped by someone that I truly cared for. Because of the trauma, I battled an eating disorder for almost four decades. What did God teach me through all of that misery? Trust in Him. He had a plan for my life and a purpose for all that suffering. He healed me in one incredible experience with the Holy Spirit — it was the most incredible moment of my life. In that divine moment He also resurrected my life giving me a mission — a healing and prayer ministry. It didn’t make sense in the midst of it all. It does now. Without my decades of pain and the wounds I bare even today how could I help another that’s broken and suffering? How could I pray for them or have authentic empathy and compassion for their suffering? I couldn’t. To fulfill my life purpose as an inspirational author, poet, and speaker the suffering was allowed. It isn’t because God is hateful or mean or a masochist, but because from it I could grow into the person He wanted me to be, and then help another. I didn’t always trust Him through those years but I did always love Him desperately. I sought after Him unceasingly and never let go.
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
Second, we need to keep our thoughts positive. That’s sometimes hard when life is closing in on us. We must hang onto His Promises and find joy in the blessings all around us. We all have them even when our heart’s are broken, our bank accounts empty, and our sorrows run deep. Find joy in nature, children or grandchildren, a funny movie, a creative activity. Listen to inspiring music and sing out loud, or whatever else brings you peace, happiness and joy if only for a short time. Keep a favorite psalm, verse or Bible Promise committed to memory and repeat it often. Just don’t dwell on the negative. Hold onto all that’s good in your life even when that doesn’t seem like much. If you are breathing you have something to be grateful for.
The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of the pain, thanking God during the trials, trusting him when we’re tempted to lose hope and loving him when he seems so distant and far away. At my lowest, God is my hope. At my darkest, God is my light.
Let us pray:
You’re my confidence, and my blessed assurance. You are the Rock of my salvation and the strength of my life. My hope rests in You for You are my faithful Shepherd and the Song that rejoices my heart.
Thank You that Your promises are sure and that your grace is sufficient for all my needs. Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning, for You are a faithful God. Thank You that You are my heavenly Father Who loves me and cares for me; thank You that You are my precious Savior Who died for me and gave me new life; thank You that You are my holy Comforter who gently leads me in the path of righteousness and guides me into all truth.
Loving Father I lay my life before You for I trust in You – and pray that in all things You would continue to keep and to care; to guard and to guide – and to support and to strengthen in every avenue of life, for my trust is in You, my God and my Savior. Help me Father to place all my trust in you.
In Jesus Name
I will leave you with this beautiful and inspiring video. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE THIS! <3
In Christ’s Love,
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