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Spirit & Trust

Trust is hard. It’s easy to say there is trust but actually taking the step – making the leap into mid-air without a visible net is the most difficult thing man can do. But with the Spirit of God our leap lands us safe in His palm.



Giving God the Time of Day

“Are you done with your three days of silence yet?” a girl on my hall asked. Then a guy texted, “Did you find God?”

Three days earlier, I had told my friends not to text me. Other than attending classes, I would be spending time alone in my dorm room. For the next several days, I turned off my cell phone, ate only Ramen noodles, and spent every spare moment praying and reading the Bible.

I didn’t care that my friends didn’t fully understand what I was doing. I just knew I needed to satisfy the itch in my soul. I realized the itch was actually my spirit yearning for some intimate connection with the Father.

Jesus experienced similar days, and He responded by disappearing into the wilderness to fast, pray, and escape the bustle of life so He could rejuvenate His soul. His actions show us how important it is to stay connected with God and how doing so affects life with other people. In order for Jesus to rightfully serve others, He needed to be spiritually filled first.

We all experience spiritual draining. No amount of rest, food, or vacation time can refresh our spirit like immersing ourselves in God’s Word and prayer. Our Father is the best source of life and energy. As we fill ourselves with Him, He can flow more freely to others. 

Don’t be distracted by the many obligations of life. Take the time to separate yourself and run into God’s welcoming arms. Step away and discover His power that gives you rest and restores your soul.

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Trust Over Worry

One worried thought led to another in an endless cycle of fear and anxiety, which kept me tossing and turning for hours.

All that worry added nothing to my life, but it did take away. Because I lost sleep, I awakened tired and irritable. No amount of coffee made a difference. I needed the rest my worried thoughts had stolen.

Jesus taught His disciples God would provide for them. By trusting Him, they didn’t need to worry about how their daily needs would be met. Although it’s not always easy, the same lesson applies to us. God’s love and care are great. We can trust that He knows what we need and when, and that He will provide for us.

Worry leads to sleepless nights. Trusting God leads to peace, despite difficult situations. Worry steals our joy and peace. Trust in God gives us joy and peace, regardless of what we’re facing. Worry leads to anxiety. Jesus said worry won’t add anything positive to our lives, but trusting in God will.

God invites us to bring our problems and concerns to Him. I waited too long during that sleepless night. I let the cycle of worry take over my thoughts and emotions before laying it all at the foot of the cross. Had I prayed first—before focusing on everything I couldn’t control—my morning would have gotten off to a better start.

Trust or worry. One will override the other, depending on where we spend our time and focus. If I keep my focus on situations beyond my control, worry will control me. But when I keep my focus on God through prayer and trust in Him, I will receive peace only He can give.

Worry may be our default reaction in life, but it doesn’t have to be. The more we choose to trust God over worrying, the easier trusting will become. And one day, we’ll realize trust is our new default reaction in all circumstances.

Let God teach you to trust rather than worry during troubling circumstances. 

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His Love Endures Forever

Every day. Every single day. I am thankful. I’ve often spoken of my sweet husband as my prince. And he is. As we approach thirty-one years together, it appears it was only yesterday we met. Time seems to have stood still. We fit like a hand in a glove.

We met in our early thirties and now we press into our sixties together. I can’t remember what it was like to be in a previous marriage, for all I remember is the new relationship God graced me with. And for that I am thankful.

Through the years, I’ve made mistakes. Some serious, others just foolish. Yet through them all, my sweet husband has stood beside me, loving me despite myself. His love is lasting. Forgiving. I can’t imagine being without it.

One Sunday, I noticed something unique at church. An elderly couple—one with a walker, the other a limp—made their way into the building. His hand was on hers as she slowly moved her walker along. A second elderly couple walked hand in hand. A third younger couple sat in front of us, and she leaned her head onto his shoulder as they prayed. There was a sweetness present.

What was so unique about them? It was the presence of God in their relationship. When He is the priority of a relationship, even mistakes or hardships cannot break the bond. Our love becomes everlasting. Solid. Steady. God values and blesses them.

As the people put the Ark in the tent David had placed, he had them present burnt offerings before God. David instructed the people to praise God. Extol the Lord, thank Him, and praise Him. Proclaim His name for all He has done because He is good.

When all else failed for Israel, God’s love for them endured forever. This act of praise represented the thankfulness and gratitude of the people. It proved Israel recognized God was faithful, and His love—even when they were less than loving toward Him—endured.

Valentine’s Day brings out touching cards and chocolate. It’s a time to celebrate those we love—our husbands, wives, children. I get to make over my prince, but in all honesty what it should represent is the everlasting love of God.

Give thanks, extol the Lord, for His love for us endures FOREVER.

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Tight-fisted or Trusting?

After spending some time thinking, I apologized for my prayer tantrum. 

I had lost some money while on vacation. Disappointed, I mumbled a prayer of frustration to God. I wanted the money back. It was mine. In the stillness that followed my prayer, I sensed God saying, “You are right. That money was yours. And the cattle on a thousand hills are mine.”

True, I had lost the money. But just as true, I serve a God who shares His riches with me daily. He has already given me all I need. If I trust Him with my life, I certainly can trust Him with my money.

In Philippians, we are reminded God will not only provide for some of our needs but will also provide for all of them. If you find yourself wrestling to give God control of your finances and material possessions, confess your tendency to be tight-fisted.

Ask God for help to loosen your grip and trust Him to provide everything you need. 

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Homeless

Broken people are everywhere—racked by the tormenting side effects of drugs and left hurt and bleeding by people who promised to “love and cherish” them.

She was there the other night—the drugged-out lady at the local park who babbles incoherently and laughs eerily at nothing in particular. I knew she wasn’t a threat, but her spaced-out eyes and stumbling ways left me feeling helpless to reach out to her.

But that night the Holy Spirit did not whisper with a still, small voice. He called sharply. Leaning hard on a power that wasn’t my own, I started toward her with quick determined steps. I’m not running away this time! I sat on the park bench with my hand across her shoulder, drawing her closer. She may not have understood, but God’s power supersedes human inabilities. I prayed for her, and then she left. I’m not afraid of her anymore.

As I stepped off a bus in Baltimore a few weeks later, I saw a piled mass of blankets and backpacks. Looking closer, I saw a man—face buried deeply in a heavy winter coat. Everything he possessed was cluttered around him as he slept in spite of the street noise. No one thought about or looked twice at him. This person with pulse beating and lungs inhaling was alive—and yet somehow he wasn’t.

These were the people Jesus stopped for along the road or on His way into the temple. He touched untouchable lepers. He crossed the line of what was culturally acceptable by ministering to a Samaritan woman. And He gave the hungry more than food. He offered a hope-filled, grace-drenched, turned-around new life. He cared about their physical limitations and pains, but it was ultimately their soul He sought to minister to.

Regardless of whether we are a destitute beggar or wearing Armani on Wall Street, Jesus sees through it all, and in the end we all have the same need: a Savior.

Without Jesus and the hope of eternity with Him in heaven, we would all be homeless too.

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