Monday, April 10, 2017

Called to Trust


I’ve been thinking a lot about trust and waiting on God…about how His answers to prayers often come in ways I didn’t expect or ask for, and how sometimes He answers long after the time frame I’ve requested.

When I’m in one of life’s valleys, I have to cling to my faith and trust in God. I have to hold tight to what I know to be true. 

God hears me. He sees me. He is with me. And He is carrying me through the trials when I can’t even see the next step to take.

 The Lord has heard my plea;
The Lord will answer my prayer.

In God’s perfect timing, I opened my Bible to this verse today. It’s what I’ve been reminding myself of over and over lately.

I need to praise God first, before I can see answers to my prayers, because I know that He is at work.

The solutions I think of may not be how God answers my prayers. I have to ask myself—will I only see His hand if it’s in the way I’m looking for? Or will I let go of my ideas and wait to see God’s plan unfold?

While I’m waiting, God is still with me. He strengthens me when I’m at my weakest. He guides me when I can’t see straight. He reminds me that He is at work when I start to panic. Again.

Trusting God isn’t easy. Trust develops over time. As I walk through the desert, I learn to lean on Him more and to look for His presence every day. When the desert stretches on for what seems like way to long, my trust in Him grows stronger. It grows deeper and keeps me grounded.

Trusting God with my heart, soul, and mind gives me strength and peace that does not come from myself. {Tweet this} He calms my fears in ways I can’t achieve on my own.

Faith and trust in God doesn’t mean smooth sailing through life. It means I don’t have to try to navigate on my own. It means I don’t have to have it all figured out. And it means it’s okay when my plans don’t work out, because I realized it was better to go with whatever God has planned.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; 
the flames will not consume you.

God’s promise to you and to me…He will be with us. No matter what we walk though. No matter what we’ve done.

When we believe God’s promises are for us, we know the Truth we can depend on. Truth that stands the test of time. {Tweet this}

In Christ,
Laura 

12 comments:

  1. How fitting to read your encouragement to continue trusting God right after reading Barbie's words about hope! Have a blessed week!

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  2. "I need to praise God first, before I can see answers to my prayers, because I know that He is at work." That is indeed a powerful truth because very often we tend to look for answered prayers before we decide to praise God. We can trust God's promises and know that He will fulfil them in His time.

    Visiting you as a neighbor from #MomentsofHope

    Diana from http://dianasdiaries.com

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  3. It's not always easy to trust God when we can't see what he's doing, but so true that we can trust he is working in our situation, even if it's in a different way from what we expect. Visiting from Tell His Story.

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  4. Sounds like you've been in my head as of late, Laura. This is what I believe, what I need to remember today. Thank you!

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  5. Life works so much better when we live it according to the Truth that we know. Thanks, Laura, for being a writer who brings the Truth into my line of vision whenever I visit here.

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    1. Michele, thank you for your kind words today!

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  6. Waiting is so difficult! Walking us through what it is like to trust while we wait and hope is practical and powerful. Thank you for sharing:) I always love faith lived out through someone else's example❤

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  7. Laura, we are often neighbors at LifeLetterCafe but today I am visiting from Crystal Storm's linkup! Truth. We can never go wrong when Truth is our standard!

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  8. It sure does stand the test of time, doesn't it? From Adam till now. He always manages to meet us in our pain and remind us that He's doing a good thing, that He's got this. Such a faithful God. ((Hug)) Happy Easter, Laura. :)

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  9. Laura, Such good thoughts from God’s word. Thank you so much for sharing your journey in trusting Him with us!

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  10. A great reminder about the value of pressing into, clinging and trusting God in difficult times.

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  11. Trusting God means we let go of faith in our own ability, doesn't it Laura? I love that verse in Isaiah, and the reminder that He is always with us and we are never left lonely. Sometimes I have temporary amnesia regarding His promises, but I am so grateful His faithfulness is consistent.
    Thanks for sharing this with the #GraceMoments Community!
    Blessings
    Dawn

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!