Five Minute Friday.
(I did edit a couple dates for clarification, so you can call me a cheater if you need to. :) )
I'm so blessed to have some life experience to pour into this week's blog. My Oneword365 for 2014 was "trust". At the time, I did not feel that I really trusted God. My head knew, my heart knew, but connecting the two was still absent a piece.
Part of it was dealing with the grief of a planned pregnancy that only lasted seven days. Part of it was the great challenge of parenting a gifted daughter whose spiritual enemy wants to crush her. She has a gift of prayer and God has huge plans for her. I hit rock bottom that year. In April 2014, I told God. I was done. I wanted Him to take me and give her a mommy that would treat her like He would.
I didn't want Him to trust me. I didn't trust me at that point. Instead, He began to show me that if I would trust Him, then He would equip me to be her mommy-and a very good one at that.
And if you want to read more about that...God used Taylor Swift to help me, of all things!
Trust means yielding all control. Control of the outcome. Control of the process. You have nothing. You must COMPLETELY trust and give up EVERYTHING.
Remember that verse, "in everything give thanks"?? Christine Caine recently said in a devotional, "Note that it says "IN" everything, not "FOR" everything.
When we praise with our lips though we feel cursed, we defeat our enemy. We rise above his summary of the situation and lift our eyes to the redeemer of all. For it is for His glory that we endure, and exist and persevere.
Somehow, by the end of 2014, He had transformed me and I could actually say I trusted Him. Completely.
Last week I had some anxiety facing a situation. I'm not normally anxious, but I was shaken to the core with this one and not knowing the outcome.
My beautiful God then called my attention to a bright yellow paper with bold black letters,
"The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
(my girls brought it home from Sunday school this summer and it was mixed with other papers that morning)
If man kills me, it means God used me to the maximum and I'm released from my learning experience.
If man does not kill me, my God is protecting me through each step and He trusts me to experience things that will bring glory and honor and praise to Him.
I do not understand pain and suffering, but am sure that we are also unaware of times we've been spared some awful things.
Though they slay me, yet will I praise Him.
And, just because I needed a powerful praise song this week, here's a gospel version of a powerful hymn. May it encourage you that God is indeed worth Trusting!!