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Trusting the Lord during trying times

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It is easy to tell someone to trust the Lord during their time of difficulty, but what happens when we’re the ones going through a challenging time?

Meditate on that for a bit.

Not easy to trust, huh?

Instead of stepping out in faith and trusting that God will take care of us, we tend to do the opposite. At times, we fall apart.

What we should do is get closer to Him–delve deeper into scripture, pray harder and trust Him more.

Are you going through a tough time?  If you answered, “yes”, read the scriptures that follow. These are a great reminder of why we should trust God. (Oh, and you are not alone!)


 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” Jeremiah 17:7

 

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13

 

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

 

“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8

 

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

 

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7

 

I pray that these verses will bless you as much as they blessed me.

 

God bless you,

Ivette

Faith

Meditate on Scripture Series: Fear

We all have, at least, one fear. While the type of fear is different, a fear is still a fear.

Up until a few years ago, I had a fear of public speaking. During my college years, I did it because I had to, but I hated it. I would sweat profusely, my face red as a tomato, my voice would crack or sound “shaky”, and I’d find every excuse not to speak publicly. Can you relate? Well, just as the woman on Daystar (read here), I took control and did something about it.

I meditated on scripture, prayed and God delivered me from this fear.

Since God broke the chain that was holding me back, I’ve preached at church, I sing a cappella freely (for God’s honor and glory) and I can give a presentation at work. Many years ago, that would not have been possible. Instead of jumping at the opportunity, I would make excuses. Sound familiar?

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Christian Life

6 things you can do when life gets in the way

 

It happens, that every so often life gets in the way. Can you relate?

Whatever your goal may be, sometimes priorities have to be reshuffled. It’s not ideal, but you don’t have a choice at that moment. I get it! You have a set goal, you are driven and you really want to make progress.

What are you going to do?

I’ve learned not to stress. Just go with the flow. Things may not always work out the way we expect them to, but we have a great God who is in control. He knows all things and His plans are perfect.

Not long ago, someone said, “enjoy the process!”.  And today, I say the same to you– Enjoy the process!

While life events may not always meet our expectations, there are a few things we can do to stay on track.

  1. Stay close to God via prayer. Always. This is so important and it’s the last thing on our to-do list. Prayer helps us stay focused, hopeful and moving along in God’s purpose for our lives.
  2. Keep a calendar handy with the understanding that many appointments will change. It happens! All will happen on God’s time, not ours.
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. This is life. You get only one, on this earth. Do the best you can with what you have. Learn to live for Christ. It’s the best decision that you can make!
  4. If you didn’t get it right yesterday, there is always today. God’s mercies are new every single day. Why worry or get angry?
  5. God’s plans are perfect. We don’t always recognize that His plans are perfect, but they truly are. Leave it in His hands. He knows what’s best for you and me.
  6. Stop trying to be perfect. There is no such thing as perfect. All will work out the way God wants it to. Let go and trust Him.

Find Perspective in Scripture

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16: 24-25

For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Romans 9:15-16

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.” Psalm 116:5

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4

God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33

 

What else do you do to stay on track? Please share in the comments.

 

God bless you & yours,

Ivette