Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Trust in the Lord

with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding; 

in all your ways acknowledge Him

and He will make your paths straight. 

Proverbs 3: 5, 6  NIV


Am I trusting in God to work everything out? 

This question is one which I ask myself often. Perhaps you do as well. 

When life was going well, I don't think that I thought as much about it. I realized the blessings were from God and thanked Him often. 

But now, with the unknown before me daily, as it has been for many years,  I tend to think about this verse often.  

In my prayers I let God know that I am trusting Him to work through my work and financial situation and my husband's. 

I frequently pray, "Dear Heavenly Father, direct us and show us where you'd like us to be and to the work You have in mind for us. You know our situation. Help us, Lord, so we can help others." 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 

These are very powerful words which ask us to place our complete and whole hearted trust in the Lord God, our Heavenly Father. 

What about the phrase, "lean not on your own understanding?" 

Is our Heavenly Father, really asking us to trust Him so fully with our lives and our circumstances that we are not to try and puzzle through the problem?  

In asking us to focus on Him, I believe that God is asking us to look to Him for the solution. If instead we worry about the situation and try to seek out a reason for what happened we aren't keeping our trust in Him. 

If we aren't trusting God, then essentially, we are doubting that He is going to work things out and we let our impatience override our trust. 

It's hard to wait. 

It's hard to trust. 

Especially if a situation, or an illness, or problems persist for months and years.

Yet, we are not the only ones who have struggled with trust. 

The Bible recounts many life situations where fear and impatience override the trust which God has asked from His people. 

None of us knows from one day to the next what will happen in our lives. 

Even if we have a plan and a purpose. 

We will experience both good and bad in our lives, with our families, and with our friends, coworkers and associates. 

Take a look at the promise that we are given when we do choose to put our complete trust in the Lord. 

In all your ways acknowledge Him (God) and He will make your paths straight. 

Acknowledge God in all that we do and the promise is that no matter what mess we find ourselves in God will make the pathway straight. 

Notice that the verse doesn't give us a time frame. We aren't told that our lives will immediately change and that all that has gone wrong will disappear. 

What if the situation never changes?

What if our Heavenly Father helps us alter our attitude toward it?

Our path would certainly be "straightened out" then wouldn't it? 

Trust. One simple word which really sums it all up. 

Your turn: Have you experienced some trust issues with God during a particularly challenging time in your life? What did you do?  Feel free to leave a comment. 

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Wise Whys and Struggles

I've been thinking about the whys and attempting to be wise about the whys.  

Why did this struggle have to happen?  

Why us? 

Why has it been going on for this long? 

Why haven't our circumstances changed? 

Why are we still at this point? 

Why don't we have a time limit on our struggles?

Why can't our circumstances improve so that we can help others who are struggling? 

Why Lord?  Why? 

Struggles are an integral part of life. I know this and you know this. 

We know that in time (hours, days, months or years) we will be through our difficulty. Hopefully we will be stronger, more compassionate and wiser. 

Our current struggle has been long and continuous.
 I never expected for us to be in our fifties and having to deal with financial setbacks and struggles.  

We are not alone. If my husband and I had never experienced these years of financial struggle we would not be able to relate to others in their 40's and 50's who are in the same situation. Sadly, job loss, layoffs and cutbacks are a way of life for so many today. 

Lean in and lean on. We have learned through-out these years to lean into God’s Word, the Bible, and to lean on God. We keep praying and keep trusting that He is working through our situation. There is wisdom in the whys when you continue to put your complete trust in God. It is humbling to take such an ultimate step in faith.

Difficulties and struggles can come in many forms. Financial struggles, health issues, relationship problems, emotional struggles, habit and addiction issues, or faith issues. These are just some of the struggles which people face today and have dealt with in history. 

In the Bible many issues and struggles are described. Do you think that they also asked why? 

Faith issues: The Israelites took 40 years to make an 11 day journey.  Forty years! They only entered the Promised Land once the unfaithful and disbelieving had died. 

Relationship problems and abandonment: Joseph was traded by his brothers and abandoned because of their jealousy. Years later, Joseph and his brothers learn that what they did was God's plan to save them. 

Struggles with hate and racism:  Were it not for a queen, God's people would have been wiped out if Haman had his way. Queen Esther, God's chosen one, was able to lobby the king on her people's behalf and the Jews were able to defend themselves against Haman's edict.  

The verses below from Jeremiah are a reminder that God is aware of our struggles and that He does keep His promises. 

This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you: declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."  Jeremiah 29:10-13 NIV

Your turn: What do you do when experience times of struggle? 

The pictures in this post were taken by JennyEBurr. 

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