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Follow Up:: Trust

Proverbs 3:1-7

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

 

This passage says so much about a life of Trust. When we keep the commandments, when we are living a Spirit controlled life, we a trusting God. His Steadfast love & faithfulness should be my meditation.

Verses 5, 6, & 7 are “classic” trust verses, but do not underestimate the power they contain.

Trust, Acknowledge, Turn –all actions that we must be living out in a life a trust.

::TRUST:: 

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{Trust}

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“Sarah, do you Trust Me?”

“Of course I do” I hurried to reassure Him

The blunt response came loud & clear,

{Then Live Like It}

OUCH

Do I live like I Trust? What does a life of Trust look like?

If I trust a chair do I only partially sit down? Nope, I plop right down & put my whole weight on it. If I am seeking advice from a trusted friend, do I only tell them half of the story? No, I confide in them all the details, trusting that they will give me the best advice.

Do I truly Trust God? Do I allow Him to lead me?

Do I spend my time worrying & fearing the future?

{Trust} 

Not an easy lesson to learn, not an easy lesson to practice.

Trust:: practice it daily

{Live Like It} 

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{Attitude}You Decide

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Warning Warning:: Foul Mood Alert

Don’t you wish there were days you could hang this sign up or wear a t-shirt that warned everyone…Stay Away, I’m incredibly cranky & may potentially bite your head off.

But unfortunately….Your attitude is something you decide.

When you get out of bed, you put on the attitude you want for the day.

Cranky ::I can choose to be grateful

Sad ::I can choose to rejoice in the goodness of the Lord

Sensitive ::I can choose to give people the benefit of the doubt

Negative ::I can choose to look at all that I have & be thankful

Worried ::I can choose to trust that the Savior holds my future

Frustrated ::I can choose to walk in the Spirit & allow Him to guide my actions

Whatever the “feelings” of the day are telling me to believe, I know that I have the Ultimate Source for Truth.

I can be confident in my identity in Christ.

My foul attitude is not a death sentence, for bad moods come. My foul attitude is a challenge, a trial, a chance to focus on the Truth & to change it.

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Lesson from a Spider?

 

There is was, larger than life, scampering across the dashboard towards me.

What did I do? Froze solid, {as seems to be my normal reaction to fear}

I couldn’t move, but I managed to choke out “spider” like it was my dying breath

Suddenly a hand shot across, smashed the spider {wiped the ick on the dashboard} and life was back to normal

{Thank you to my spider slayer!}

I really, really, really, really hate spiders.

And joy of all joys they have been literally pouring into my house and car in the past week or so.

Delightful!

Isn’t the human brain amazing? I can have such a ridiculously irrational fear of something so small and harmless, but this fear triggers an emotional and physical response. My muscles tense, my senses are heightened, my eyes lock on the spider. {Cause we all know if you lose it you’re dead!}

As I assess this reaction to spiders I can’t help but compare it to other fears in my life. When I am afraid of making a decision, when I am afraid of saying the wrong thing, when I am afraid of hurting someone, I freeze. I can’t run away (though trust me I try!), I can’t hide, I am frozen in the situation that I am longing to avoid.

I try to move past the issue or fear in my mind but {like when I am trying to ignore the spider} that’s all I can think about.

The remedy for this…I just don’t know.

I think a strong case could be made for this demonstrates a lack of trust in God.

But I think one thing I know I need to work on is discipline of the mind. Now we all know when you tell yourself NOT to think about something–that’s all you think about! But as we discipline our minds, fill it with healthy thoughts, {scripture, truth} we will be able to replace the thoughts we wish to avoid.

So when the spider {attacks} me, I need to force my muscles to move, calm my mind, and deal with the situation.

Don’t let fear paralyze you.

 

 

 

 

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RunDreamRun

i awake to Micheal Bubble frantically calling to me, “i just haven’t met you yet”  {why is he so loud} Why haven’t i met him yet? Where am i?

clenched fists, nails dug into the palms of my hand

teeth practically cemented together,

great it’s going to be a headache day

why?

…O the dream again…

That’s why.

running, hiding, chasing, hiding, and running–always running.

i have this dream, a dream where i am being chased & i can’t get away

in this dream i am always running through my old church & town, always running away from people i know

but i can never escape

I wake up restless and exhausted

My body is curled up, tense

 

I love dreams; I’ve always been a very active dreamer & I remember 4-5 dreams a week. And I find it fascinating to “analyze” them, how is my brain coping with the stress of the week? Where do the random memories come in? Why do certain things from the day stand out?

But in this re-occurring dream I have to ask myself…

What Am I Running From? 

Does anyone else have dreams like this?

…O dreams…

 

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So Now What?!

The ceremonies are over, the parties are done, the presents and cards are opened and the thank you notes are written {well almost}

So the question that arises is “So Now What?!” 

The end of yet another leg of the journey. The temptation for the “Let Down” is strong.

Do I just jump in and start making goals and plans? Do I take some time off and relax?

Start a new Bible study? Continue to study for the state board test? Start a new exercise routine? Start crossing items off my bucket list?

I look at all the possibilities and I can’t wait!

I have such plans for my teens, for my room, for my personal sanity.

So how do I combat the let down??

Enjoy everyday. Look to encourage all those who cross my path. Make plans & carry them out.

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~Creating Memories~

This past week has been such a ridiculously fun week {Random & Spontaneous}

But I have to admit that the start of the week before did not start out so fun. It started out with me stressing out about the future (what’s new?!) But then a friend promptly pointed out that I needed to Stop It. I believe the exact words were “Stop it and enjoy the last week(s) of school!!”

So I did. I stopped applying for jobs. I stopped working on my resumes and cover-letters. I just stopped all the stressing.

And this was a wonderful week! 

I had movie nights and now have many wonderful quotes to add to my lingo. I watched my Freshmen plan and execute an excellent party. I hung out with people I love. I made new fabulous friends. I drank lots and lots of coffee. I spend time with my nursing class. Tried new places to eat. Wandered around Milwaukee. I went to the Zoo & saw the world through a 4-year-old’s eyes. I did some grilling and did some baking.

Lots of little small, seemingly insignificant moments, that added up to make the past week amazing.

A time I am sure I will not soon forget.

I found that being intentional about not being stressed made for a wonderful week.

I found that being intentional about not planning allowed me to enjoy being in the moment.

So my thought for the week {Stop It} ~enjoy being in the moment~enjoy the little things~

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Trusting In…??

What do you trust in?

I trust my puppy to make me smile. I trust in my car, Dwight, to get me to my destination. I trust in computer to save the files I am working on. I trust in my parents to give me good and helpful advice. I trust my friends to be honest and open with me.

So obviously I’m a trusting person…or am I?

I like to think I’m a trusting person.

But…I am a worrier…

I worry that my puppy is going to die soon. I worry that Dwight is going to die soon (or run out of gas before I reach my destination!) I worry that my computer won’t save the file and I’ll have to start all over. I worry that my parents don’t understand my situation. I worry my friends think I’m obnoxious and don’t tell me.

So obviously I’m a worrier.

This is where I’m stuck.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

From what I see in this verse there are 3 steps & the result.

1. Trust with ALL of my heart. Wow…like literally all of my heart. That’s a large part of me. And since my heart is super selfish there’s no way I want to let anyone else control it!! Trust with all of my heart…easy to say, hard to live.

2. I can’t depend on my thoughts. I get going on what I think is right and what I think is the way things should be and my understanding becomes distorted from what God thinks. When I lean on my understanding it’s like leaning on a paper wall-absolutely no support & I ruin whatever my plans are.

3. Acknowledge the Lord in everything I  do. Everything…like eating, drinking, entertainment, relationships, school, and well…everything. Acknowledge: to recognize the rights, authority, or status of; to express gratitude or obligation for. So in every area of my life I need to recognize God’s authority. I think I fail at this frequently.

I know {I can Trust} that God will direct my path.

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Worry-Free 2012?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

(Side Note: I love fireworks SO incredibly much!)

Do you ever sit and think about what the New Year will hold? What kind of challenges and adventures are waiting in the upcoming months? What does this year hold for me relationally? Will I learn to love others with a Christ-like love? Will I meet the man of my dreams? Will I pass the state boards and become an RN? Where will I move? Will I ever get out of Wisconsin!? It’s so similar to the time when I get a new journal and I flip through the empty pages with such a sense of excitement; what is to come!?

This type of thinking however is only useful in small quantities! If you spend to long thinking about what is to come there is a good chance that the possibilities become less hopeful and just down-right scary. For those of you who are not constantly thinking about this—ignore because it will do you no good to begin thinking this way! For those of us who struggle with…well shall we call it what it is!? Yes we shall-WORRY!! For those of us who are (almost OCD) worriers this is a year to invoke change!

Why do we worry? Well I know in my life worry is usually caused by one (or both): a lack of preparation on my part or a lack of trust in God’s leading.

Do you remember times in your life when you were super nervous? Was it a school play? A piano recital? Taking the state nursing boards? Why were you nervous? I know for myself I am usually more worried for those events that I did not prepare well for. If you know your lines in a play or if you have memorized your piano piece the subconscious takes over and you do well. If you have not prepared yourself for the situation—well you are worried about the outcome.

This applies to so many situations in life. I am worried when I have to confront someone because I have not adequately prepared and studied the scripture. I am worried when I have to walk thru the Salvation plan with someone because I have not taken the time to memorize passages and easy explanations. I am worried about finances because I have not taken the time to prepare and stick to a budget. The list is ridiculously long so I will stop here. But I hope you see what I’m getting at. There is an aspect of worry that our personal preparation can eliminate.

God has a plan and I take such encouragement from Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” And we have to trust God! Lack of trust and worry are almost always seen together. When we are doing what we know to do, we can discover God’s will for us. But when we walk away from God until a big decision is to be made, you better believe there’s going to be worry! So preparation starts with having a daily walk with the Lord and to do what we know is right.

Two AWESOME quotes from Corrie ten Boom (The Hiding Place)

  • “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
  • “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

Worry is not healthy, and in fact it is a sin. When we are struggling with a sin we take time to memorize scripture, read encouraging/challenging books and articles, and seek advice from leaders. What can you do to walk worry free in 2012?

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