Trusting – Always

Today I wanted to continue our talk about trust. It’s a powerful word, isn’t it? Trusting the Lord in every aspect of our lives is a difficult thing to do. Worries are always trying to creep in to steal our joy and peace. But, with God’s strength, we can rebuke the devil and the lies he is trying to sell us!

In my own life, I have been thinking a lot about trust lately. One thing I have been thinking about is, why do we fully trust God with the biggest thing in our entire lives - our salvation – but when things come into our lives that throw us off balance, our trust wavers? We don’t understand why things happen in our lives, and our natural fallen instinct is to worry.

Maybe you lost a dream you were holding tightly to in your heart, something you thought would be so good, so perfect. And yet, the Lord had to gently tell you ‘no’. Maybe your heart shattered into a million pieces the day that happened, and your trust wavered. In your pain, you cried out, “Why, Lord? Why would you take this dream from me? It would have been so good – so perfect.” In your tears you can’t understand how He could possibly be closing one door so that He can open another – one so much better than what we can fathom. Our trust wavers, because we wonder – and we worry – why would this happen?

A verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 3:5-6, where it says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Wow, this speaks right to what we are feeling! In the ways we cannot understand why things are happening to us, this verse is saying, “lean not on your own understanding”. Our understanding of the ‘why’ is finite. But God understands everything in the entire universe – He is infinite in wisdom and understanding! Our duty is to trust Him, through everything. Even when the going gets tough, we can be encouraged by the apostle Peter, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:6-9)

Trusting in Him, believing in Him; when we do these things, we will be rewarded with peace, joy and happiness in knowing that we are safe in the arms of our Savior who will never let go. When worries creep in, and the devil tempts us to doubt and tries to make our trust waver, we must rebuke him! We must tell him, firmly – “Flee devil, you have no power over me. I have the victory over you through my Savior Jesus Christ; you have no power at all.” We can also quote Scripture to rebuke the devil, but also to reassure and calm our hearts. There are so many verses on trust, I’ll list some below:

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

“O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!” Psalm 84:12

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

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

A verse that speaks right to worry, fear and wavering trust is Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What wonderful words these are! Right here God’s Word is commanding us not to worry, but to bring every single worry to our Savior through prayer and supplication. What follows that? “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What a beautiful, reassuring hope!

When our trust wavers, instead of letting the devil get a hold of our thoughts, let’s rebuke him, and bring everything on our hearts to Jesus. Let’s pray for strength to hold tight to our Savior, even when times get tough. Let’s pray for perseverance through any troubles we may face, that our trust will remain firm, and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Let’s stay firm against the devil’s tactics, so that we can say along with the Apostle Paul, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:14)

I hope this article has been of encouragement to you all! “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” (Philippians 4:23)

The Kingdom of God

“Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Those are powerful words of Scripture that I’m sure we have all probably heard before. What do they mean exactly, though? What “things will be added to us”? Well, let us look closer at the context in which this passage is written.

In Matthew chapter 6 verses 25 through 34, we read: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” This was Jesus talking to His disciples during His time here on the earth. He was instructing them in how, as a Christian, worrying is simply pointless. Worry will do nothing for us, and as it says, who “by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” A cubit was, in Biblical times, the distance from the elbow to the fingertips. Stretch out your own arm and take a look at how long that is. You see, by worrying, we cannot accomplish anything, and it most certainly won’t make us any taller!

In the Christians’ life, worry will try to creep in, to grab a hold of us, and tighten its grip. That is one of Satan’s best tricks, to sneakily bring thoughts of anxiety and fear into our minds to make us drift away from our relationship with our Saviour. How do we contradict the devil, when his tricks come flying our way? Well, keep reading! As we read in Philippians 4:6-7, it says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Prayer is our communion with God; it is how we communicate with Him. When we bring everything to Him, laying down our fears, doubts, anxiety, and everything that is in our hearts, something amazing will happen. “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”! We will have peace, but not just normal peace, like “Ah, this is a peaceful atmosphere.” No, we are talking about God’s peace! The holiest and purest peace a person can find when they are on this earth. And it will also guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus! With our hearts and minds guarded by Jesus, we will have no reason to worry about anything, even the devils tricks, because we have security and the peace of God in our lives to stay. We can kick the devil right out of our lives with the Lord!

We also read in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” This includes worrying! We can find rest in the Lord from worrying, and all the troubles of this life.

So my whole point in this article is – do not worry. Jesus tells us not to worry, and to disobey Him is to sin! And when the devil sneaks in with worry? Let’s kick him out by quoting the Scriptures I’ve listed in this article, along with others that deal with worry. We’ll show that devil that we are God’s children, and nothing can make us any less than royalty. God bless you all!

Our Never Ending Hope

God is a God of everlasting love and hope,

Even in times when our pain is so deep we can hardly cope,

He is always beside us, holding tightly to our hand,

His love for us outnumbers every single grain of sand.

His everlasting hope is extended freely,

Though at times it can be hard for us to see.

Even when our world crashes all around us,

He will lift us up; all we must do is trust.

When we struggle to understand the why,

He will always catch every single tear we cry.

He lifts up our face and looks into our eyes,

Saying, “Your pain matters to Me, no matter its size.”

His comforting arms wrap gently around us,

And all He is asking is that we will trust.

Though trials and tribulation befall us,

He will be by our side for eternity, past the day we return to dust.

In the days when we feel we simply cannot go on,

His loving voice will bring joy and fill us with song.

His sweet words say to us, “In this world you will have tribulation,”

“But behold, I have overcome – I have won.”

When our dreams crash to pieces on the floor,

And we can’t see where God could possibly be opening a door,

He has something so much greater in store for our lives,

That is a beautiful Hope, and it will never die.

Our Savior draws near to us in our pain,

Our job is to trust in Him always, without wane.

So next time you feel crushed by the pain in your life,

Take heart, every challenge we face has been conquered by Christ.

Three Christian Publications You Don’t Want to Miss

no worries at all dear, i'm going riding here in a little bit Hi everyone! I have always loved Christian magazines. I adore writing for several different ones – even though sometimes that can be a lot of work, haha! Every time I find out about a new publication, I get so excited. Seeing girls and young ladies using their talent for writing to share God’s love and encouragement with others is something that is dear to my heart. Below I will be sharing with you all about three wonderful magazines you really should subscribe to. So let’s get started, shall we?

  1. The King's Princess E-Magazine

    The King’s Princess is a wonderful e-magazine published by author Isabella Morganthal on a monthly bases. In this magazine you will find several articles by the columnists and guest writers, a craft or recipe review by yours truly, lessons from music lyrics, occasional fictional stories, poetry, beautiful photography and so much more! The King’s Princess is currently taking a break from publication, but in coming months they plan to be fully operational again, so please check out their website (link above) and subscribe for free!

  2. Precious and Redeemed E-Magazine

    Precious and Redeemed is a monthly publication put out by Anna P. for the encouragement and edification of young ladies of all ages. Each issue is filled with lovely articles, poetry, recipes, contests, a book review by yours truly and so much more! This magazine is filled with quality content from cover to cover, so please check out their website (link above) and subscribe for free!

  3. Guard Your Heart E-Magazine

    Guard Your Heart is an e-magazine founded by a group of sisters who’s love for the Lord has inspired them to inspire others! Monthly issues are filled with wonderful content, such as articles, poetry, song lyrics, stories, beautiful photography and much more! I enjoy writing for this magazine each month as well. Please go check out their website (link above) to subscribe for free!

I hope you all will take the time to take a look at these wonderful publications! I pray you all have a blessed week as you continue to serve our Savior. God bless you all!