Posts tagged: TRUST

How Relationships Work: When Trust Is Broken – 04/07/15

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By , April 8, 2015 1:37 pm
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In praise, we sang Mighty to Save by Laura Story and Great is Thy Faithfulness by Lincoln Brewster.

After a short summary and review of the biblical concepts of conflict and reconciliation in relationships, Kathy taught on what we can do when trust is broken.  She explained the reality of broken trust in all relationships and clarified the difference between unconditional love and earned trust.

Empty Nest

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By , August 8, 2014 10:19 am
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“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, … “I will protect him.”

 

For a solid year I had dreaded the day when my firstborn child would leave home to go to college. Things would never be the same once he left.  I’d sniffled (and sometimes cried outright) through almost every “last” event of his senior year. Tears would flow when I realized it was our last registration or pep rally or spring break. Soon the day would come when I would no longer be a part of his day-to-day life or close enough to make sure he had everything he needed.
 
By the time we got to our last family beach trip, I was inconsolable. Surely I was taxing God’s willingness to keep track of my every tear! Fortunately I was just about cried out when the Lord led me to Jeremiah 31:16: “Thus says the Lord, ‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for your work will be rewarded,’ declares the Lord.” The next verse goes on to say, “’There is hope for your future,’ says the Lord. ‘Your children will come again to their own land.’” What a good and timely word to me from my heavenly Father! I was ready to accept the reality that my only begotten son was flying out of the nest in less than a week.
 
The intervening days were busy with organizing and packing, and my tear ducts were actually cooperating. I woke up on Jackson’s move-in day with a sense of anticipation in my heart. After all that preparation, it didn’t take very long to get the boxes of carefully chosen college gear into that tiny apartment and put them in place. We had plenty of time for lunch and afternoon football.
 
The family headed to Auburn’s Jordan-Hare stadium before all the pregame traditions began. We were making our way up the long ramp that curves around the arena when I noticed feathers scattered all over the path in front of us. Immediately I was reminded of the promise so dear to my heart: “He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge” (Psalm 91:4). How precious of God to reassure me — I could count on Him to provide a safe place for my son.
 
A few minutes later I watched my son as he watched the eagle make its game day flight over the stadium. I could see the pride and determination in his face. He was crossing the threshold of a new season, and he was ready. It was time for me to step back and let God be the primary parent and teacher.
 
From that day on, feathers have become a symbol to me of the Lord’s protection. It seemed I saw feathers everywhere I turned those first few weeks after Jackson moved away. My heart skipped a beat every single time; I received each one as a special love message from God. I even began to find great comfort at the sight of the feathers that leaked from the annoying, cheap pillow inserts I had purchased!
 
While my son studied math and science, God had me majoring in trust. Jackson has since graduated with honors, and God was faithful to keep His promise of protection during those college years. Even now, every time change or uncertainty comes my way, I’m still learning that I can trust God to keep my fearful heart safe under His sheltering wing.
 
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Re-Thinking Play, 04/22/14

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By , April 23, 2014 7:56 pm
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This week Dana led us in Trumpet Call. We praised the Lord with 1) Children of Light by Passion 2) Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher 3) The Same Love by Paul Baloche 4) He Knows My Name by Tommy Walker.

Dana helped us to redefine play as an exchange of heart-swelling joy between you and your Abba Daddy. We looked at the joyful emotions God expresses toward us and we were challenged to ask God how He wanted to incorporate play in our lives. Dana also shared her personal testimony of how God brought play into her life through art and how “Jehovah-Sneaky” was actually teaching her to trust in the process.

Join us next week for our final lesson of the year!

On the Move

By , February 11, 2013 4:08 pm
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You are God’s building…Surely you know that you are God’s temple

and that God’s Spirit lives in you!

 1 Corinthians  3:9, 16 GNT

 

The master craftsman works, painstakingly fitting the pieces together. Having carefully chosen his tools, he wields them with skillful hands. His progress is sometimes obvious, but, more often, frustratingly slow.

God is building His church, reshaping our lives into what He originally intended. He designed us to experience perfect love and security. But life in this fallen world has taught us that it isn’t safe to trust. Or, as my friend Missy would say, “our ‘trusters’ got broken.” Our trusters need to be rebuilt and the tools God often uses are the things that we hold dear—our children, our health, or our homes.

In Missy’s case, the tediously long process of selling her house was God’s tool of choice. She and her husband Mike have prayed and waited to see God move for two long years. Read her account of what happened and how her truster grew stronger in the process:

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About 2 years ago I put my house up for sale. We prayed about it and faithfully put it on the market. We had lots of viewers but we also had lots of rejection (lots and lots). You know me–I don’t take rejection very well–and was quite upset when we took the For Sale sign down. I didn’t understand why God wanted me to stay here and allow Tristan to drive so far away to school (that was one of our reasons for selling).

Mike and I had been planning to put it on the market again in the near future. One day in October, a realtor knocked on our door out of the blue and asked if he could sell our house.  Well, I told Mike I felt like this was God and he agreed.  Long story short, we met with the realtor at the end of November and listed our house in the most hectic time of year.

I just wanted you to know the spirit of peace that has been upon me and Mike has been amazing.  God had plans for me and my truster!!!!! He wanted to show me that His timing is perfect and that His plans are better and that He can be trusted with ALL of the details.   He was in a mood to “show off”!  God brought 2 buyers. Not 1 but 2.  And if that wasn’t enough, they got in a bidding battle over my home. AND not only did that happen but the details of it all are simply a miracle in itself. The couple that is buying our home is paying cash for more than the asking price, not using an appraisal, paying the closing, buying their own warranty, and accepting the house as is. Now that is showing off!

I know that I have already had a breakthrough. But I am not finished.  Mike and I have decided to build a house in Ross Bridge and we are at peace for the first time ever about where we are going to live and how much the house is going to cost and where our kids are going to school.  WOW.  I want more of that peace.

Needless to say, it has been a busy but blessed Holiday around the Widra home and I just wanted to share my breakthrough.

Blessed beyond my belief,

Missy

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Missy Widra was a young mom, her son just a toddler, when she first came to Divine Design. Her biggest struggle was trusting God. Her son Tristan is now a high school junior. It has been such a joy to watch Tristan and his mom grow!  Time and time again over the years Missy has chosen to trust God, even when circumstances would tell her otherwise. I’m thrilled to tell you that she and her family moved just last weekend. There is no doubt that God is trustworthy and He is on the move!

 

Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you.

2 Peter 3:8-9 MSG

Belief Statement

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By , September 15, 2010 7:01 pm
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The Bible—All scripture is God’s holy and infallible Word, the very definition of truth. (2 Tim 3:16, Is 55:11, Jn 17:17) “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb 4:12 NIV)

The Trinity—There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Mt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14)

Jesus Christ—Jesus Christ, the eternally existent Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, and was resurrected in order to atone for the sins of those who trust in Him alone for salvation. (Mt 1:16, Heb 4:15, Jn 20:25-29, 2 Cor 5:21)

The Holy Spirit—Every believer receives the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation, providing the guidance and power to follow Jesus. (Eph 1:13, Jn 16:13-14, Rom 8:11)

Salvation—Without Christ, we are spiritually dead and separated from God. By His grace, God forgives the sins of those who believe in Christ alone for salvation, making them forever children of God. (Eph 2:1, Is 59:2, Rom 10:9-10, Eph 2:8-9, Jn 1:12)

Faith—The call of every Christian is to live by faith. It pleases God when we take Him at His word and rest in His character. (Rom 1:17, Heb 11:6) Jesus told His disciples, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (Jn 6:29)

Not the Fixer … Be OK with Being Quiet

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By , September 12, 2010 3:26 pm
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1 Corinthians 2:1-5 TM — You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who He is; then Jesus and what He did—Jesus crucified. I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

This one thing I want to put into practice as a wife, mother, friend, discipler, etc… It is not my responsibility to have all the right answers or solutions to every problem. I am not the fixer! When someone I am called to, comes to me for help, I need to LISTEN… then I need to take a HOLY PAUSE and give Jesus a chance to step in. Sometimes He will give me something to say. Sometimes He will have me say NOTHING, but just listen or give a hug. I am not the problem solver. HE IS!! I need to be okay with being quiet sometimes. It is not up to me to have all the answers.

Pray: Dear Lord, please forgive me for the times when I take on Your job of being the fixer. Forgive me for taking pride in getting it right or having the answers. I do a disservice to those I love when I ask them to settle for my limited knowledge and understanding rather than seeking the highest and best that can only come from You. Help me wait on You and TRUST that You love better than I ever could. Help me remember that Your ways are higher than my ways and that Your ways are ALWAYS right.

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