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Shortest Post Ever on Trust

June 3, 2016

Well friend, this takes the cake for being my shortest post ever. Aren’t you glad? Just kidding. So why so short? Because I’m missing community. I want to give you an opportunity to chime in. I don’t want to do all the talking, I want to have a conversation. Your voice matters to me. Your voice matters.

Today I’m sharing a quote from my book “Goodbye, Regret” on trusting God. Some days are harder than other days, aren’t they?

Hard to breathe, hard to pray, hard to take just one more step. It’s in those times and on those days our trust is tested.

Will we trust God with the outcome? Will we trust that God knows best? Will we trust God enough to surrender our fears, our provision, our kids, our lives? Will we trust Him enough to use our past for His glory? Could my past mistakes somehow be used for a purpose?

Surrendering my worry and fear to God has been a true test. I’ve come a long way. I’d say for me, surrendering my children and grandchildren has been my trust test. Truth is, we don’t get everything right.  We’ve been entrusted with these precious ones, but they truly belong to Him anyway. It was key for me to grasp that truth and it helped me release what was not mine to begin with; I’d have to trust God no matter the outcome.  The result of that trust? Peace.

“Trust God, even when it’s hard –

because the true test of trust doesn’t happen in the easy.”

                                              Goodbye, Regret ~ Forgiving Yourself of Past Mistakes

So now I invite you to share.

When has trusting God been especially hard for you? What has been your trust test?

 

8 Comments
June 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm

My trust issue has been with moving forward as a freelance writer and editor, i.e., actually making the necessary commitment simply because I haven’t been able to believe in my heart that I will make it, even though it is clear that God gave me those specific gifts and there have been “sign posts” along the way. I still fear deep in my heart that even if I do my best, He won’t meet me halfway! Sounds silly when I say it out loud. 🙂

    Doris S. Swift
    June 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Lucie! Thanks for stopping in to comment. Well there you go, maybe you just needed to hear yourself say what God has already confirmed. What’s the worst that could happen? You have the gifts and the skills, and even if success doesn’t look like what you envision, God may have a totally different plan once you step out in faith. Sounds like you’ve prayed a lot about this and have received confirmation. I’m right there with you on this as far as forging ahead with writing, books, and such. As we know, God will do immeasurably more than we can ask or think, so fear not, k? Blessings to you my friend, and keep me posted on your journey as we connect in the Tribe Writer’s Facebook groups. I keep feeling in my spirit, all this learning, studying, and equipping must be meant to result in something for God’s glory 🙂

June 4, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Hi Doris. I saw your link on my blog http://www.laurajdavis.com/monday-meditations and had to pop over. Thank you for your kind words and for linking up and letting me know about your blog. So, to answer your question – when has trusting God been especially hard for me? I think the hardest time was in letting go of my daughter as she went “out into the world” to make her mark. She lives eight hours away from me, doesn’t drive, and so I rarely get to see her. But trusting God with her protection is something I rely on heavily. I knew I could trust Him because I have personally been through many things myself. But I was very surprised at how anxious I was for her safety despite the fact that I know God loves her and is watching over her for me. She has definitely put my faith to the test since she’s been there too. Reporting that a girl was raped in front of her apartment building and the culprits haven’t been caught yet. She also left me a text message that said, “If the hospital calls don’t get upset, the ambulance got me here just fine.” And then I never heard from her for a good two hours! Good grief that girl knows how to get my heart racing! So definitely my trust test is my daughter.

    Doris S. Swift
    June 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Laura! Thanks for popping over from your blog. I can totally relate to what you’re saying! There was a time when I recall about 10 years ago, when our daughter was still living with us but “technically” an adult. She went out with friends and at quite a late hour, a girl called from her phone to say she found my daughter’s cell phone laying in a 7-11 parking lot. Yikes! I had no way to reach my daughter so began calling her friends like a crazy woman. She was perfectly fine, but I didn’t know that at the time and didn’t find out until a few hours later! She got an earful from me lol. All turned out well, but that began my deeper walk of surrendering fear and worry. She’s a nurse now, almost 30 and doing wonderfully, but I attribute several of my gray hairs to both her and her older brother lol. I have to smile at your daughter stories, too. Thank the Lord she was okay. Thanks for chatting with me!

June 4, 2016 at 1:24 am

Yes, Doris trusting God is a daily and often hourly effort of surrender. I can Identify with your struggle letting God guide us in the way we live all aspects of life. It’s easy to mingle and try to force issues. I have come to the same conclusion as you, God’s track record is far better than mine and the more I trust in Him the easier it becomes not use my limited strength to overcome problems. I too learn from the past. Thanks for sharing your faith. GBY, your family and friends.

    Doris S. Swift
    June 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting Walter! So glad we don’t have to be in control and can surrender it all to God. Sure is a learning curve, and I’m continually reminded of the words of Paul, who tells us how he learned to be content in all things. We’re still learning and He’s still working on us. Life would be boring if we didn’t learn something new every day, especially since God makes all things new. 🙂 Blessings to you my brother in Christ.

Diane Davis
June 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Most definitely the hardest trust test for me has been to surrender my sweet bundle of joys to God. Someone wise once asked me “Do you know how much you love your children? Well, God loves them even more and loves you the same”. That certainly struck a chord with me and had me really thinking about how magnificent God’s love truly is. His will for them supercedes by far, anything I could have dreamt for them. God knew motherhood would certainly be the path to bring me to Him and constantly seek Him. Motherhood has allowed me to see just how much I NEED Jesus, how much I desire His will for my children and family.

    Doris S. Swift
    June 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Beautifully said, Diane. Though all of our journeys look different, thankfully we have the same Father who loves us with an everlasting love. God chose you to be mama to those precious little bundles. Now your daughter is evangelizing her school!Your children reflect His love for them and His love for you <3 Love, love, love... (now I'm singing that Beatles song in my head hehe). Thanks for reading and sharing!

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