This week’s word is…TRUST

Trust

There are words that are essential to the Mothering Conversation. Words that represent qualities and behaviors for us to try on if we are to
evolve the conversation of mothering. Each week on our blog, we feature one of these Words.

This week’s word…Trust the Lord.

In last week’s Weekly Word (Faith, read that one here), I wrote that a lack of faith is essentially being unbelieving or doubting towards that which we have not seen or experienced personally. “This kind of thinking keeps us in our box. Our comfort zone. It is safe here within my own metaphorical four walls. I feel in control here. Only, that is not where God intends for me to live.”

Faith and trust, as far as I can understand them, are intricately connected, woven together in a mutually supportive pattern. They increase or decrease in correlation with one another. And trying to figure out which comes first, sounds a lot like the chicken and egg debate. I need more faith in order to trust the Lord. And as I trust the Lord more, my faith in Him increases.

I don’t know which one we focus on first or if it even matters. How do we begin?

God tells us to be faithful in small matters so we will grow to be faithful in bigger matters (scripture reference Luke 16:10). So it was also for me with Him. I began by actively trusting God in the ‘small matters’ of my daily life, growing in faith and trusting Him with increasingly ‘bigger matters’. A small matter might be arguments between my children. When my kids are arguing, rather than intervene and insert my voice into the mix, I began to say silently “come Holy Spirit, guide their hearts” or “Jesus, I trust in You.” And guess what?! He handles it every single time! Disagreements now sound more like conversations (most of the time; except when they don’t 😉 ).

As God revealed to me, His constancy, His faithfulness and His concern over the details of my life, my trust (and my faith) in Him grew more and more complete. I am certain, without a doubt, that He can, will, and does ultimately work all things for my good and for His glory. All things; including such “things” in my life as addiction in my family, a deteriorating marriage, and just two weeks ago, emergency surgery when my mom’s appendix ruptured.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.” Psalm 34:8

EXERCISE: Trust the Lord. Pray every day, asking God to increase your faith in Him and to help you place a little more of your trust in Him. Follow the steps below.

  1. Actively call on the Lord each day, placing a particular situation, relationship, worry, etc into His hands. Being the patient and non-intrusive God that He is, He is waiting for you and for me to invite Him into every little detail of our lives; giving Him permission to do His work through us. For me, this usually sounds like “Come Holy Spirit,” “I trust you with _________today, Lord,” or simply “Jesus, I trust You”.
  2. Read the scriptures that tell us who God is. That help us get to know Him and expand our willingness to place our trust in Him. (Psalm 8 is one of my favorites. And Psalm 23. And James 1:17. And about a thousand more…do a google search 🙂 )
  3. Once you’ve placed some particular detail of your day in His hands, stop worrying about it, stressing, trying to “get it right,” etc. This may be the hardest part of trust! Let go and let God.
  4. When the worry or stress creeps back in, gently remind yourself that you are trusting God with this now. That might sound something like, “De, you can let that go now. God, please help me to release this thought. I place my trust completely in you to handle ___________ [situation, relationship, worry, fear].”

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Wishing you a blessed week!
With love,
De

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  1. De Yarrison says:

    A friend of mine called to check in on me yesterday after reading the line in this post about my “deteriorating marriage.” I just wanted to assure everyone that we are ok! That line was a historical reference to a time (not too long ago), when we were really struggling. Through God’s wisdom and grace, that time period became one of tremendous growth and learning. And of greatly-expanded faith and trust in HIM!

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