Posts Tagged ‘Trust’

I wrote this Quote about two years ago and since, many people have written in about it, because they have faced similar struggles with this area in their life.  I prayed to God and have decided to repost it once again. I hope it is an encouragement to some of you that may be going through a similar situation.

Christy

Story of the day: When people you trust let you down.

There have been times in my life, where people that I have been close to, and have trusted greatly have let me down.  I would have to say that it is tough to swallow, and maybe a little disappointing.  Then I start to think about the times that I have let others down, mainly because I am not perfect, and how it may have affected them.  You see, sometimes we put people into a perfect category and when they let us down, it is then harder to take.  This may be because we have placed high expectations on them and have set them so high up there, that we forget how easy it is to fall and make mistakes.

I am reminded of a Peanuts comic strip, written by William M. Nieporte, where “on the first day of the new school year, the students were told to write an essay about returning to class.  In her essay Lucy wrote, “Vacations are nice, but it’s good to get back to school.  There is nothing more satisfying or challenging than education, and I look forward to a year of expanding knowledge.”

Needless to say, the teacher was pleased with Lucy and complimented her fine essay.  In the final frame, Lucy leans over and whispers to Charlie Brown, “After a while, you learn what sells.” The temptation to say, “What sells,” what others want to hear whether it is true or not, is always with us.”  In the eyes of the teacher, Lucy was trustable, but to Charlie Brown, he knew from that point that Lucy was just saying what the teacher may have wanted her to say.  The teacher placed her trust in Lucy to write honestly, yet Lucy did so in a way that if the teacher found out, would disappoint the teacher.

I am not saying to never trust people or have faith in them.  I am just saying that our trust in people shouldn’t be connected to a pedestal where we may tend to place them.  Instead of completely placing your trust in man or relying solely on man, we should be placing our complete trust in God for everything!  As our pastor so greatly said, “He is your Everything!” He will never let you down, and He won’t, because He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He doesn’t move, He doesn’t change, and you can always count on Him for everything! Anytime that I have become disappointed, hurt, or upset when people have let me down, I have to ask myself this question, “Am I placing way to much expectation on this person and not enough on God?  I also have to remember to have a forgiving heart.  How many times has my Heavenly Father trusted me with things and then I mess up?  Was He disappointed, yes absolutely, yet He was quick to forgive me and let me try again.  That’s the great thing about God, no matter how many times I let Him down; He is quick to forgive me, where man sometimes doesn’t easily forgive.

Quote of the day: William Arthur Ward

“We are most like beasts when we kill.  We are most like men when we judge.  We are most like God when we forgive.”

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 63:1 NIV

“O God, You are my God; Earnestly I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My body longs for You in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know that this life will bring disappointments.  I know that placing others on a pedestal and completely trusting in them only sets me up to be disappointed.  Father, may I not place people so high up there, that I lose sight of You, for like me, they aren’t perfect.  I will however place my trust completely in You, for You are my everything, and You won’t ever let me down.  Father, You are my protector, my shield in this life, and I know that I can face any situation or difficulty because You are always with me, and You never leave me.  I pray to follow the path that is so lit before me and may I overcome any let downs that may be tossed my way, just as Jesus overcame this world.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  By Faith

     It’s not a coincidence that words are used more than one time in the Bible.  Are they placed there just because, or is there something more?  With me, I choose to  believe that there is so much more.  

    When God repeats things, we should take note, because the things He says are of great importance.  One phrase that is used many times in the Bible and can be found multiple times is in Hebrews 11:1-40.  When I read through these verses, I counted at least 28 times where the word faith was used. 

     Hebrews describes some of the most tried people, who by faith, set this word as their firm foundation under everything in their life.  They did this because they believed that their life was worth living.  The people that Hebrews speaks about had so much faith in something that couldn’t be seen and that set them apart from everyone else.  This same faith is ours today if we would just take hold of it and embrace it the way our ancestors did many years ago.  And yes, there will be times where your faith will be tested, but it is during these times that God will help you to overcome, protecting you from fire, swords, and any battles that you may encounter.  By faith, we can be made whole.

Quote of the day:  Nancy Guthrie

“Our faith keeps us from being swallowed in despair.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 11:3 (The Message Bible)

“By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s Word, what we see created by what we don’t see.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that my faith increases daily.  Father, through trials and tribulations, I know that I will be tested.  My prayer is that I don’t get caught up in the things that will drive me bananas, but that my faith, hope, and trust lies wholly in You.  Thank You for Your loving, guiding, and strengthening me through things that I can’t handle on my own.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Stuck in traffic of your circumstances

     There are a couple of bridges in the United States that can send a shiver down my spine.  First of all the height is overwhelming, and the movement is evident.  I remember being stuck in traffic on one of these enormous, rather high bridges.   It seemed as if I was never going to get off this bridge.  I knew that the only way to get to the other side was to keep going forward and I would eventually cross that bridge.  I began questioning the engineering because of how much the bridge swayed.  I remember saying to myself, “This can’t be normal.  No car should be swaying this high up and this much.  Any minute I just knew that this bridge was going to give way.  My husband quickly comforted me with these words,  The engineer who designed the bridge this way, did so with the movement in mind so that when we do cross it, it won’t collapse while we drive over it.  The engineer obviously knew what he was doing, but it was still scary being stuck on that bridge.

     “Have you ever feared driving over a high bridge?  If so, you’re not alone.  In fact, some people are so afraid of bridges that they will drive hours out of their way to avoid them.  Others try to cross, but have a panic attack in the middle of a bridge and can’t go on.  They block traffic,” (Craig Larson) or in my case are stuck in traffic.

         Because of this fear of bridges, “the operators of some of the longest and highest spans in America now offer a driving service.  On request, one of the bridge attendants will get behind the wheel and drive the car over the bridge.

     In 1991 Michigan’s Timid Motorist Program assisted 830 drivers across the Mackinac Bridge, which is five miles long and rises two hundred feet above the water.

     At Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which is over four miles long and rises two hundred feet above the water, authorities took the wheel and helped one thousand fearful motorists.”

     How many of you have gotten stuck in the traffic of your circumstances and can’t seem to cross that bridge?  “In any terrifying situation the way to get over the paralysis of fear is to do like these motorists–turn the wheel over to someone else.  Turn the situation over to God and then trust Him.  You have to cross that bridge, but you’re not doing it alone, and God is the One in control.”(Larson) 

Quote of the day:  Ulrich Zwingli

“Not to fear is the armor.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Peter 5:7

“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for creating me for a purpose.  Father, You are always there to help me no matter what I may go through.  I will not fear anything, for I know that You are always with me.  You have taken my hand into Yours and because of this, I can find peace as I cross any bridge in my life.  Thank You for comforting me in the times that I may be fearful and reassuring me that You are there. 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  The Road of Life by Tim Hansel

   “At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or hell when I die.  He was out there sort of like a president.

   But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.

   I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.  When I had control, I knew the way.  It was rather boring, but predictable….It was the shortest distance between two points.

   But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on!  Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!”

   I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?”  He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust.

   I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure.  And when I’d say, “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand.

   He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy.  They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine.

   And we were off again.  He said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.”  So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

   I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life.  I thought He’d wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

   And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

   And when I’m sure I just can’t do any more, He just smiles and says, “Pedal.”

Quote of the day:  E. Stanley Jones

“Jesus is not a strong man making men and women who gather around Him weak.  He is the Strong creating the strong.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 37:3

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I trust in You Lord and for all the things that You are going to bring forward into my life.  Father, may I find rest in You in this day as I trust that the things that I have been praying for will be answered when the time is right.  I pray that You guard my ways in all that I do and that as I lean upon You as my Rock and Shield that You protect me from things that aren’t pleasing to You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Funny Friday Quote:  You many have a bad apartment if….

  • It’s the same bedroom you had as a kid, but now your parents are charging you two grand a month.
  • Your building’s security system is a cardboard cutout of Clint Eastwood.
  • Rent must be paid in small, non-sequential bills.
  • Every time you pass the doorman, he’s wearing another article of your clothing.
  • you can’t get through your bedroom door because of the yellow police tape.

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 63:3

“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray for rest this weekend from all things that are distracting and that take my focus off of You.  May this weekend be a time of reflection from the things that You have done for me and a time of worship for loving me the way that You do.  Father, I will turn to You when things may seem chaotic and I will trust in You to give me the courage that I need to endure any situation that may be set before me.  I will look to You every single day of my life as my Ultimate Source of hope, peace, and strength.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  When people you trust, let you down.

There have been times in my life, where people that I have been close to, and have trusted greatly have let me down.  I would have to say that it is tough to swallow, and maybe a little disappointing.  Then I start to think about the times that I have let others down, because I am not perfect, and how it may have effected them.  You see, sometimes we put people into a perfect category and when they let us down, it is then harder to take.  It is harder to take because we have placed high expectations on them and have set them so high up there, that we forget how easy it is to fall and make mistakes.

I am reminded of a Peanuts comic strip, written by William M. Nieporte, where “on the first day of the new school year, the students were told to write an essay about returning to class.  In her essay Lucy wrote, “Vacations are nice, but it’s good to get back to school.  There is nothing more satisfying or challenging than education, and I look forward to a year of expanding knowledge.”

Needless to say, the teacher was pleased with Lucy and complimented her fine essay.  In the final frame, Lucy leans over and whispers to Charlie Brown, “After a while, you learn what sells.” The temptation to say, “what sells,” what others want to hear whether it is true or not, is always with us.”  In the eyes of the teacher, Lucy was trustable, but to Charlie Brown, he knew from that point that Lucy was just saying what the teacher may have wanted her to say.  The teacher placed her trust in Lucy to write honestly, yet Lucy did so in a way that if the teacher found out, would disappoint the teacher.

I am not saying to never trust people, I am saying that our trust in people shouldn’t be connected to a pedestal where we may tend to place them, because this is the fastest way to be disappointed or let down.  Instead of completely placing your trust in man or relying solely on man, we should be placing our complete trust in God for everything!  As our pastor so greatly said, “He is your Everything!” He will never let you down, and He won’t, because He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He doesn’t move, He doesn’t change, and you can always count on Him for everything! Anytime that I have become disappointed, hurt, or upset when people let me down, I have to ask myself this question, “Am I placing way to much expectation on this person and not enough on God?  Whenever I place my expectations so high on people and not on God, I am going to be easily disappointed.  I also have to remember to have a forgiving heart.  How many times has my Heavenly Father trusted me with things and then I mess up?  Was He disappointed, yes absolutely, yet He was quick to forgive me and let me try again.  That’s the great thing about God,  no matter how many times I let Him down, He is quick to forgive me, where man sometimes doesn’t easily forgive.

Quote of the day:  William Arthur Ward

“We are most like beasts when we kill.  We are most like men when we judge.  We are most like God when we forgive.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 63:1

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know that this life will bring disappointments.  I know that placing others on a pedestal and completely trusting in them only sets me up to be disappointed.  Father, let me not place people so high up there, that I am losing sight of You, for like me, they aren’t perfect.  I will place my trust completely in You, for You are my everything, and You won’t ever let me down.  Father, You are my protector, my shield in this life, and I know that I can face any situation or difficulty because You are always with me, and You never leave me.  I pray to follow the path that is so lit before me and may I overcome any let downs that may be tossed my way, just as Jesus overcame this world.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen