Faith vs. Trust

Faith is being told the road continues straight in a foreign country by a guide you trust but you cannot see it because of a thick fog that morning.

Trust is taking the steps on the unseen road into the deep fog straight ahead to get where you want to go.

You have faith your guide will not lead you off a cliff. You prove it by trusting him enough to take that step.😄❤

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Trust is Faith in Action

Proving what I believe, my faith in God, happens when I trust God with any and every situation I am in. Trust is saying “I have faith that God is who He says, lives me like He says, and cares enough to handle everything” but taking it a bit further and actually entrusting everything to Him. It is putting n your money where your mouth is and saying to every situation, “I do not fear you, God loves me and is in control.” Then you let go of it and lift it up to God and humbly ask Him “Lord, please take this situation and handle it. I will do my part but the rest I leave to you. Thank you.” Trust is faith’s daily application. It proves it.😄❤

God Knows Better

I listened to the Lord’s still small voice in my heart pull me away from coaching PE. I loved coaching but obeyed. Now, I see why He did this. My husband is having surgery and I need to be there for him. God knew this. He knows better than I do. Every time, this is true. Sometimes I think I might know more, at least I used to. No more of that nonsense.

The more life experience I get, the more I realize three vitally important truths:

1. how little I truly know,

2. how much God does know and

3. how to humbly trust Him who knows better.

Master these, commit them to memory and practice and life will be much better and sweeter for your efforts. 😄❤

Trust is an Action Word

I used to think “trust” was some mental construct, something that took little energy and was more thought than deed. And I realize “trust” is an action word. Trust sometimes requires more energy because to trust God, you have to lay down your perceived right to control or have a say in the decision. To trust is to lay down your pride and dress up in your humble. Then you do what you are able to and release the rest to God. It is a very active process. It is necessarily this active. And we cannot be saved for eternity without trusting Jesus for our salvation. 😄❤

Trusting God Works

Mature, wise women of faith have always fascinated me. I often ask advice of them and get simple answers: “Trust the Lord”, “Keep praying”, “Stay in thr Word”, “Be patient and keep working.” I must confess I used to want more of an answer, something complex that matched my frustration, something profound and life-altering, something challenging. And the more I mature myself, the more I realize their answers are all those things because every single one of them is about being humble and trusting God. He does what He says. And being n humble is by far the most challenging thing I have ever worked on, most profound and life-altering. The mature women were right. We in our sin-loving, selfish nature’s make it difficult. Trusting God is difficult at first but becomes second nature with practice, like my piano pieces worth playing. And when they become simple, that is when the beauty happens. And it is beautiful.😄❤

Changes on the Horizon

Only God knows what will happen, but I know that changes are on the horizon. I also know that God is ultimately in charge of the final events and everything else.

One change I know is that my mom will be moving into a wheelchair accessible apartment on or before a year and a half, depending on the waiting list. As soon as it is available, we will move her in and out of her manufactured home. This means several things… this will be a lot of extra work for all of us and her included in deciding how to pare down. And she will n have access to their piano but not at all hours as before, life will change. Once wheelchair bound, which is a matter of time, she will need special transportation for everything or me to shop for her. Also, my kids and I will no longer have access to her clubhouse to swim and play pool. In addition, I have to gradually prepare her current home for resale as she will need that money to live there. So, life will be quite different for all of us.

Again, only God knows how it will all play out. And who knows, maybe God will take us all Home first. No one knows but God. And I put it all in His capable hands. I am not worried. I am not concerned. I trust God. ❤

The Trust Challenge

We, in the youth group, used to stand one behind the other and the front person would close their eyes and fall backwards and the person behind would catch them. This was a trust challenge, exercising the principle of trusting God. I loved that game. But I love the principle even more as I walk through life. The older I get, the more I know to trust God first when anything comes up and even when nothing comes up. God can be trusted and should be trusted. He loves us and is capable of seeing the help we truly need and giving it to us generously. I trust God. I challenge you to trust Him first.❤