Sunday, July 15, 2018

TRUST #27: EL is 2 years Seizure-Free


Look closely at this photo and you can see people on top of the big rock. These people went on a journey to climb that rock in order to focus on the beauty around them. It reminds me of the climbs we have taken in life with our daughter, EL. Not physical climbs as we see in the photo; but emotional, developmental, and spiritual climbs - all due to EL's various health issues. Each climb we have taken has been used to help us exercise our faith, and to help us focus on the beauty around us.

It has been awhile since I have given an update on EL. Thankfully, that means she hasn't been having any major health issues lately. Yay! In fact, her last seizure was on July 15, 2016, two years ago today. After that seizure, her Pediatric Neurologist added an additional medication, which seems to have been the one that was needed to stop the seizures.

She started seeing a different Neurologist in February of this year - one that see's adults. We like her, and are happy her office is only an hour's drive from us instead of two. Next month, we will go back for a 6-month checkup and discuss weaning EL from the first medication she started taking and will see how things go.

Watching your child suffer through health issues is heartbreaking, to say the least. Through it all - her autism, her anxiety, her epilepsy, and her pituitary tumor - God has been a refuge for us. He has given us the wisdom, patience, and the strength we have needed for each and every climb we've come to. That is what TRUSTING in God can do.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

TRUST #26: "Trust in You" by Lauren Daigle


Lauren Daigle has a way of putting beautiful expressions of worship to music. I love this song she co-wrote about TRUSTING in the Lord. It reminds me that God is my strength and comfort; my firm foundation. He goes before me and is with me through every mountain and every valley; and I can be assured that His plans for my life are always good, even when things don't happen in the way I think they should.

(Click on the title to hear this song)

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see
I try to win this war
I confess, my hands are weary, I need Your rest
Mighty warrior, king of the fight
No matter what I face You're by my side

When You don't move the mountains
I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You

Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There's not a day ahead You have not seen
So let all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

When You don't move the mountains
I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You

You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation
The rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There's not a place where I'll go
You've not already stood

When You don't move the mountains
I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You

Songwriters: Lauren Daigle/ Michael Farren / Paul Mabury

Trust In You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Essential Music Publishing, Capitol Christian Music Group

Sunday, July 1, 2018

TRUST #25: Trusting in the Reliability of God's Word

When my parents were working with CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship), I was a young girl, around Kindergarten age. During that time, I can remember them asking my older brother and sister and me to sing some CEF songs and record them on a cassette tape to send to our grandparents.

LISTEN HERE TO US KIDS SINGING ONE OF THOSE SONGS:

THE WORDS TO THE SONG:
I'm glad I'm a Christian.
I'm TRUSTING the Lord.
I'm reading my Bible;
Believing each word.

The past is forgiven;
From sin I am free.
A mansion in Heaven
Is waiting for me.  

I chose to share this song with you today because it presents an important message about TRUSTING in the Lord. You can see it in the first verse, about how a big part of TRUSTING comes from  BELIEVING. But, its not just about believing God exists, its also about believing His Word (the Bible) is TRUE. In order to fully TRUST in God, it is important to believe in the reliability and inerrancy of His Word. It is the foundation of the Christian faith, and believing in its truth will make a huge difference in the strength of your TRUST.

If you are currently doubting the reliability of Scripture, I really don't think there is anything I can say to convince you of its truth. It is a matter of faith and worldview on your part, and something you will need to choose to believe in. But, if you are struggling with this subject and want some good articles to ponder, here are a few to get you started. I pray they will help answer some of your questions:


Sunday, June 24, 2018

TRUST #24: Allowing Our Son to Go and Do


As I look at the photo above (taken in 2008), I see my 5-year-old son, JJ, and smile. He was so little then, and was so dependent on me and David. We knew he could have easily fallen and gotten hurt while playing on this playground equipment; but we also knew we needed to allow him this time of play. Why? Because, as he was having fun playing, he was also developing a range of much-needed skills. He was developing motor skills, coordination, creativity, confidence-building, and independence - all necessary skills that have helped him learn, grow, and engage in the world around him. 

JJ is 15 years old now, and he is experiencing a new form of independence and confidence-building skills while spending a large part of his summer 6 hours from home. He is with my brother and his family at Youth Haven Bible Camp in the hills of Kentucky. The first week of June, he attended Jr. Staff Orientation, then spent a week of being a camper during teen week, and now he is working and serving as a Jr. Staff member until the middle of July.

If you are a parent, you can understand how difficult it is to allow a child to go so far away from home, and for so long of a time; but, I realize that allowing JJ to go and do new things is all part of the growing up process - for both him and for me (heh heh). So, I have been praying for JJ daily, and have been choosing to TRUST in God by placing JJ's well-being into God's hands. In fact, David and I have both been praying, not only for JJ's health and safety, but also for his spiritual growth, and for him to have learning experiences that will help shape him into the young man God wants him to become.

I remember back when I was barely 16, and I spent most of the Summer working as a "summer missionary" at Camp Good News in Minnesota. I have memories from that time of situations that have helped shape my life and make me the person I am today. I can only ask the same for JJ. So, although I miss him, I am thankful he has this opportunity to spend some time with his cousins, and to serve and work at the camp.

Playing in the park can help a young child's development. In the same way, being away from home for awhile can help a teenager's development. I am TRUSTING that this experience will be an exciting time of learning and growing for JJ, and I look forward to hearing about all he has done and learned during his time away.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

TRUST #23: A Father Who Can Be Trusted

On the day each of our children were born, David was a tremendous help throughout the labor and delivery process. He stayed near me the entire time, making sure all was going as well as it could be. Then, as soon as our baby was born, he quickly checked to see that I was okay, then went to be near the young ones as they were being cleaned up. At each birth, he had made an obvious transition from being a caring and protective husband to being a caring and protective father. And, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

David with our 1st-born child -1998

David with our 2nd-born child - 2003

A good father can be TRUSTED to love his children, protect them, and to care for them in ways that only a good father can. I am thankful and pleased to have that kind of a father for my children.

Unfortunately, not everyone in this world has had a father who has earned that same kind of trust. If that is YOU, don't be discouraged. We know from God's Word that you, too, can have a Father who can be trusted - a Heavenly Father. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are adopted as a child of God. He becomes the good Father you never had.
 
So, today, which is Father's Day in the United Stated, don't be afraid to open your heart to the Heavenly Father, placing your TRUST in Him. He is a Father who loves you, cares for you, wants to be a part of your life, and knows you better than anyone - even to the point of knowing how many hairs are on your head. He is a Father who can be TRUSTED.



Sunday, June 10, 2018

TRUST #22: "Trust the Engineer" (A Quote by Corrie TenBoom)

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and TRUST the engineer.” 
 ~ Corrie TenBoom

Sunday, June 3, 2018

TRUST #21: Twila Paris "Do I Trust You?"


Way back in 1984, when I was a young teen-aged girl, a song came out on Christian radio by TWILA PARIS. This song, according to CCM CLASSIC was "written in response to Keith Green's untimely death in 1982."  Keith was also a well-known Christian musician at that time, who died on July 28, 1982. It was a plane crash that took his life, along with two of his four children.

Back then, when this song was new, many were blessed by the words. In fact, many are still being blessed by them. So, today, as we continue with the theme of TRUST, I am sharing the lyrics of this song with you....


DO I TRUST YOU?
(Click the title to hear the song)

Sometimes my little heart can't understand
What's in Your will, what's in Your plan.
So many times I'm tempted to ask You "Why?"
But I can never forget it for long.
Lord, what You do could not be wrong;
So I believe You, even when I must cry.

Do I trust You, Lord? Does the river flow?
Do I trust You, Lord? Does the north wind blow?
You can see my heart, You can read my mind
And You've got to know, I would rather die
Than to lose my faith in the One I love.
Do I trust You, Lord? Do I trust You?

I know the answers, I've given them all
But suddenly now, I feel so small
Shaken down to the cavity in my soul.
I know the doctrine and theology
But right now they don't mean much to me.
This time there's only one thing I've got to know

Do I trust You, Lord? Does the robin sing?
Do I trust You, Lord? Does it rain in spring?
You can see my heart, You can read my mind
And You've got to know I would rather die
Than to lose my faith in the One I love
Do I trust You, Lord? Do I trust You?

I will trust You, Lord, when I don't know why
I will trust You, Lord, till the day I die
I will trust You, Lord, when I'm blind with pain
You were God before and You'll never change
I will trust You, I will trust You
I will trust You, Lord
I will trust You, I will trust You
I will trust You, Lord
I will trust You, I will trust You
I will trust You, Lord

Songwriter: Twila Paris
Do I Trust You lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


Friday, May 25, 2018

How the New EU Law Affects My E-mail Subscribers

I don't really know a whole lot about this but, it is my understanding that a new European Union law requires me to give European Union visitors information about cookies used and data collected on this blog.

Basically, I take this to mean, if I use an email list to sell a product (like books), or provide a service or a program online or through my blog, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires me to let you know how I use your data. This pertains to those located in, doing business with, or making contact in the EU. The law protects against spam and unwanted data-sharing and goes into effect May 25, 2018.

So, for those of you who have signed up to receive my blog posts via email, please note how I intend to use your e-mails: I will not sell your e-mails, or share them with anyone else. I will not use them to send you newsletters. (NOTE: Blog posts are not the same as newsletters.) If you signed up to receive my blog posts via e-mail, Blogger will only use your email address to send you my new posts.

If you no longer wish to receive these blog post notifications in your e-mail, there is a link at the bottom of each e-mail that will allow you to unsubscribe.

Thanks for reading. 


Sunday, May 20, 2018

TRUST #19: "Trust" Quote from Chip Ingram

CHIP INGRAM is a Christian pastor, teacher, and author. He is the founder and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, an international discipleship ministry, and is also the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California.

I like this quote about TRUST from Pastor Ingram:
Nothing will enter your life that God does not either decree or allow. And nothing will ever enter your life that, if you are willing to TRUST in him, he cannot work out for your good.



Sunday, May 13, 2018

TRUST #18: What Faith Means to Me (Guest: Carolyn McIntosh)


In 2009, I asked my mom to write down what FAITH means to her, and I shared it on my blog at that time. Since today is Mother's Day, and in honor of her, I want to share her article with you again.

Even though I am focusing on TRUST for this year's posts, you will notice below that FAITH and TRUST are very similar in definition.

FAITH:  Complete trust or confidence in someone or something. (In this case: God)

TRUST:  Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; Confidence.

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What is Faith to Me?
By:  Carolyn McIntosh

I think of the words to a song, “FAITH is just believing what God says He will do. He will never fail you, His promises are true.”

FAITH is trusting in Jesus alone as the one who died for my and your sins. Believe He was buried and rose again from the grave. He promised He would forgive us if we believe in Him and ask His forgiveness.

FAITH is believing, if we have the faith of a mustard seed, we can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). God has moved many mountains for me and my family - both physically and financially. Why? Because He promised to supply our needs. Not our wants, but our needs.

I have a prayer journal and have had it for about 40+ years. I encourage you to do the same. Then, occasionally go back and read how God was faithful to you, in good and hard times, sometimes even giving you some of your wants. That’s how good God is!

God is faithful to us. We need to be faithful to Him. Believe His Word (His promises), read it and obey it. Cling to His promises every day and, if you are His child, believe His promises are true for you - because He said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b)




Sunday, May 6, 2018

TRUST #17: Prayers Can Show Our Trust


It can be easy to say we are trusting (or relying on) God, but how do we truly know when we are relying on Him?

The answer to that question came to me when I read 21 Days of Faith Challenge by Christian speaker and author, Shelley Hitz. She has several books available on Amazon, and this was one I grabbed when it was available for free on my Kindle.

https://www.amazon.com/21-Days-Faith-Challenge-Life-ebook/dp/B00BSGL388/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524432327&sr=8-1&keywords=21+days+of+faith
On DAY 14 of the faith challenge, Shelley tells of a time when she and her husband were doing missionary work and waiting for direction from God in a particular situation. During that waiting time, her husband wrote this quote and posted it on the wall in their kitchen:

Prayer is the proof we are relying on God.

Prayer is not just about asking for the things we want or need. It's about realizing we need God in our lives. It's about putting ourselves in God's hands. It shows we are relying on Him to help us through our circumstances, and not relying on ourselves. 

I encourage you to show you are relying on God by taking your requests to Him in prayer.

Then, TRUST HIM with the outcome.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

TRUST #16: Trusting God When Your Family Turns Against You (Rein Schmidt's Story)


I am sharing a TRUST story today from my friend, Rein Schmidt, about a time when his family and friends turned against him because of his decision to follow Christ. What a difficult thing to go through. Thanks for sharing, Rein.

I just turned 19 years old and my life was about to dramatically change. My view about the world, my friends and, yes, even my family would be seen in a different light. You see, God took a hold of my life. He opened my heart and my mind and showed me the truth of His word. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:18 that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. I was no different. I thought it was foolishness. Yet one day, it wasn’t foolishness anymore. Someone shared with me the Gospel and the Holy Spirit took those words and unlocked the hardness of my heart. The Gospel became irresistible and I couldn’t say no. So by faith I accepted Jesus as my Savior.

From that moment on, everything began to change. As I mentioned before, the way I saw the world, my friends, and even my life, changed. Over the next few months, my friends at the time no longer wanted to hang around me. I started going to a non-denominational Bible-teaching church every Sunday. I went to various Bible studies and made new friends.

One day, my parents confronted me about what had happened in my life. They were concerned about me reading the Bible and why I was carrying it around with me all the time. My father told me, “Reading the Bible all the time will make you crazy.” He wanted me to stop doing that. Several days later, all of this finally came to a head. They came to me and gave me an ultimatum. They told me that I would have to either accept them and their tradition (they were Catholic) and continue to live in their house, or I could continue following Jesus but I would have to leave and live somewhere else. At that moment, the words of Matthew 10:34-36 became very real, "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.'"

I was crushed and didn’t see this coming. I felt all alone. All I could do was TRUST in my Lord and my Savior, Jesus. As I looked at my parents, with tears in my eyes and a broken heart, I said, "I’d rather have Jesus!"


Forty five years later, I still have Jesus. Even though my parents never accepted my faith, they eventually did accept me again. It was my trust in the Lord that helped me through that difficult time.

~ Rein Schmidt





Wednesday, April 25, 2018

MOVIE REVIEW: "Like Arrows"

Let's face it - parenting is HARD! And, if God is not the center of your marriage and your life, it is even harder.

Like Arrows
is a new Christian movie produced by FamilyLife’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine, with the help of Alex and Stephen Kendrick. This parenting movie will release in theaters as part of a significant new parenting initiative called FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™.

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When conflict, rebellion, and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and Alice are forced to rethink their parenting strategy. In the process, they realize how critical intentionality and focus are when shaping and molding young lives. FamilyLife’s first feature film explores the challenges and joys that come with raising children. Through a journey that unfolds over 50 years, Charlie and Alice discover the unmistakable power of family. Together, they learn that knowing and living by God’s Word is what brings transformation and hope to any family.

Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, my husband and I were given the opportunity for a sneak peak of this movie before its release in theaters. Although the film seemed to "drag" a little in some places, it was overall a good movie. The main idea we gleaned from it is that many people think, as they go through life, they should just do "the best they can," and that includes raising their children. They think they  only need to turn to God when things aren’t working out for them. But, that isn't how it's supposed to be. Instead of only making God a PART of our lives, we need to make him the CENTER of it. There is a big difference.

If you get a chance to see Like Arrows, I would recommend it. It will be in select theaters for two days only - May 1st and 3rd. Click here to see if it will be playing in a theater near you:

FIND A THEATER NEAR YOU 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

TRUST #15: How To Trust in God When You Don't Know How


According to Dictionary.com, TRUST (as an action verb) is defined:
to have confidence in; rely or depend on : to believe : to expect confidently; hope
So, in reference to a Believer's trust in God, this means:
  • to have confidence in God, believing He is in control of all things
  • to rely or depend on God for help, comfort, strength and/or peace
  • to believe in God, or believe what He says in His Word is true
  • to confidently expect or hope that better things are on the way

Some of you, however, have been given bad examples of trust, or have been disappointed by someone you trusted, so you don't know HOW to trust anyone anymore... and that includes God.

How do you place your TRUST in God when you don't know how?

If you are truly committed to building a trust relationship between you and God, it WILL happen for you. But, TRUST isn't something that just automatically happens. It is a journey, and is something that needs to be consistently nurtured. Here are some things you can do to help you on your journey:
1.  PRAY and ask God to show you how to trust in Him. I truly believe He will honor that request if you are sincere about it. Consider Mark 9:24 that says, "Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” The man in this passage had faith that Christ could do miracles, but he knew his faith wasn't as strong as it should have been. He acknowledged his doubts here and asked for help with those doubts. In the same way, you can acknowledge your lack of TRUST, and sincerely ask God for help. 

2.  READ VERSES ABOUT TRUST. Look up all the verses about TRUST that you can find and meditate (ponder, reflect, think deeply) on them.  Here are just a few to get you started:
  • Psalm 56:3
  • Psalm 13:5
  • Psalm 37:5
  • Proverbs 3:5
  • Proverbs 16:20
  • Isaiah 26:3-4
  • Romans 15:13
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • Philippians 4:19
  • Hebrews 11:6
3.  READ THROUGH THE PSALMS and write down all the attributes/characteristics of God that you see, and be sure to personalize them. Here are a few examples from Psalm 3 to get you started:
  • Psalm 3 is a lament - a song about suffering. It is a plea to God for help. I can be confident of God's help.
  • Psalm 3:3 - The Lord is a shield around me. He is the One who lifts my head. 
  • Psalm 3:4 - He answers me when I cry out to Him.
  • Psalm 3:5 - He sustains me.
  • Psalm 3:7 - He can deliver me from my enemies.
  • Psalm 3:8 - He blesses His people.
4. START KEEPING A PRAYER JOURNAL so you will be able to look back on it and see how the Lord has answered your prayers.

5. MEET WITH A MENTOR. Make the effort to find a follower of Jesus Christ that you look up to - someone you believe you can learn from - and ask him/her to meet with you on a weekly basis. Use that time to talk and go over questions you have about God and the Bible, to share prayer requests and concerns, and to pray together.

If you have other ideas that have worked for you, I would love to hear them. The main idea is to keep working on building a trust relationship with your Lord, and good things are bound to happen.


Related Posts
TRUST #1: Focus for 2018
TRUST #4: Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past 
TRUST #7: A Simple Plan to Help Us Trust More and Worry Less
GOT QUESTIONS:  How Can I Learn to Trust in God?
BIBLE STUDY TOOLS:  7 Daily Steps to Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart






Sunday, April 15, 2018

TRUST #14: Trust God to Listen to Your Heart

A few weeks ago, I was stressed - seriously stressed to the point of it affecting my health. I was feeling anxious, having headaches, and didn't sleep too well at night. There were several things on my mind at the same time - things that needed to be dealt with in different ways - things like settling a misunderstanding, feeling concern over a loved one's situation and making plans for some possible changes to take place, seeking answers from someone I wasn't very comfortable going to for help, having feelings of failure over raising and educating my children, and having feelings of being unappreciated. It was a lot to be dealing with all at once, and I came to the point where the only words I could mutter up in my prayers were, "God, please help me."

When two friends came over for a Bible study that week, I shared some of my struggles with them, and asked if one of them could say the closing prayer. I wasn't in the right frame of mind to be audibly praying at the time. Not because I quit believing, not because I believed God wouldn't hear me. I just didn't have the words.

A few days later, almost everything on my list was resolved, or in the process of being resolved, and I was able to pray more specifically again. But, I later found out, one of my friends' husbands was encouraged to hear about my lack of words for openly praying. It may sound odd that he was encouraged by my discouragement. But, he said it made him realize he is not alone when he goes through the same thing.

So, SOMETIMES, when we go through a hard time, it could actually be happening for someone else's benefit. But, no matter the reason for WHY these things happen, it is important for us all to remember how God understands what we are going through. He understands our hearts. He understands our needs. So, even when we cannot express ourselves in words, we can take comfort in knowing the Holy Spirit will do the praying for us, and God WILL listen and respond.

God is good.  TRUST Him to listen to your heart, even when you don't have the words.


Related Posts:
TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #3:  God Works All Things for Our Good

 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

TRUST #13: Trusting God to Help Us Find Our Way (Daniel McIntosh's Story)

Today's TRUST story comes from my brother, Daniel McIntosh. He and his family are missionaries with Kentucky Mountain Mission in Southeastern Kentucky. Thank you for sharing, Daniel!
I recall back in the 1970’s, living in southern Minnesota, and visiting a park with family and friends. This particular park had flat lands, cliffs, caves, and even a large flowing river. I was around the age of 9. My older sister, a couple friends, and I went on a hike in the woods. There was a part of the trail we could continue on, or we could hop across a bridge over the river where the path split off into two more directions. We hopped across the river and, after a time, the friends wanted to separate and go their own direction - a direction our parents told us not to go alone and without adult supervision. In the process, everyone got lost. We couldn’t find the way back to the picnic area, and fear began to creep in. I recall wondering if I would ever find my way out and back to my parents.
About that same time, I realized I needed to pray - and pray I did. I called out to the Heavenly Father in prayer asking for help, to show us the right direction back, and to be reunited with the rest of our family again. No sooner was my prayer over and the Lord brought to my mind the flow of the river. What direction did it flow when we entered the woods. What direction was it flowing now, and on which side of the river were we standing on now? When I was able to piece all of this together, I knew exactly where to back track on the path, cross the river, and head back to our family and friends. I shared it with my sister, we were able to cross back to the main path and, shortly after that, our friends could be seen across the water - still lost. We called to them and told them how to get back to our side. Then, we all walked out safely from the woods, back to everyone still in the picnic area, just in time for supper.
Until I called out to God, trusting Him to help us find our way back, we were lost. But in that moment of trusting Him, and asking for His guidance, He helped me realize what path I needed to take and how to get to where I needed to be. Everyday life is much the same way. We need to trust God for the small and big things -what college to go to, what job to take, where to live. Every task and routine in life should be accomplished through trusting Him first in it all.
~Daniel McIntosh


Related Posts:
TRUST #1: Focus for 2018
TRUST #4: Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past 
TRUST #8: Trust God to Meet Your Needs (Carolyn McIntosh's Story)
TRUST #9: He Never Leaves Us Nor Forsakes Us (Daneille Snowden's Story)
TRUST #10: Following God's Lead (Charity Vanderhoof's Story)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

TRUST #12: The First Moment of Real Trust in God

 
My brother, Daniel, a Pastor and full-time Missionary with Kentucky Mountain Mission in Southeastern Kentucky, recently shared the following paragraph with me about the first moment of real TRUST in a Christian's life.
I can think of numerous moments where trusting God was important in my life. Some for trivial events, others for life-changing situations. No matter how small or large things may seem, it’s always important to place full confidence and trust in the One who created all things, who breathed life into us, who granted us a second opportunity to be reconnected in fellowship with Him (through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ). In fact the first moment of real trust in Him comes when we realize we are sinners in need of a savior (Romans 3:23), admit Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9), and receive His gift of everlasting life (Romans 6:23). From that moment on in every believers life are unlimited opportunities and times to continue placing trust in the events that occur in our lives. 
~ Daniel McIntosh
I felt it was fitting to share this from Daniel, considering today is Resurrection Sunday (a.k.a. Easter), which is a day set aside each Spring for Christians to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb. This occurred on the third day after he was nailed to a cross where He suffered, bled, and died for the sins of the world. When God raised Jesus from the dead three days later, it showed God accepted what Jesus did for us on the cross. It showed He accepted Jesus' payment for sin. His resurrection allows us to have victory over that sin, and to have the kind of relationship with Christ we were meant to have.

Check back next Sunday, when we will be hearing from Daniel again - this time with a personal TRUST story about a time when he and our sister were lost in the woods. Until then, have a great Easter/Resurrection Sunday, and a great week!

 
Related Links:
ALL ABOUT GOD: Resurrection Sunday
ALL ABOUT JESUS: The Work of the Cross
GOT QUESTIONS: What is Easter Sunday? 
GOT QUESTIONS: Why is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Important? 
CROSSWALK:  What is Easter (Understanding the History & Symbols) 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

TRUST #11: Trusting Christ With A "Death Sentence" (Mike Phillip's Story)


Today's TRUST story comes from Mike Phillips, a friend of mine from church who was given a "death sentence" from his doctor, but is alive today to tell about it. Thanks for sharing, Mike. 
When my mother was dying, my wife, Pauline, and I took turns taking care of her. During that time, Pauline noticed I had a nasty looking mole on my waist line and she tried to get me to have it looked at. I kept putting it off and told her I would after mom passed away. When I finally had it looked at, it turned out to be a pretty serious cancer. I was told I had malignant melanoma stage 4.5 (I didn't realize it at the time but, now, I understand that to be basically a death Sentence.)
In March 1995, I had surgery to remove the mole, and it left me with a crater just above my waist on my left side which was 9" long, approx 2" wide, and was 3" deep. After several complications, it finally healed up. Then, when I went back to have the doctor check it out, he sent me home with these instructions: "Go home and tell your family goodbye, because you are going to live about 2 more weeks." I told him I didn't think so, but I did eventually have a talk with my children.

I honestly never once begged Christ to heal me. I told Him I was okay, and to do what He wanted. At work, people heard about my cancer and came to my office to talk about it. Several conversations went like this: 
"I heard you have cancer." 
"Yes I do."
"Well, you don't act  like it."
"Well, I am gonna get healed."
"HOW do you know that?"
"Well, either God will heal my body here, or I'm gonna die and go to Heaven, and THAT will heal me. Either way is good for me."
Often I was asked to explain what I meant. So, God Gave me cancer, and cancer allowed me to be a witness. Six months later, I was diagnosed as cancer-free and have remained so all these years later. (It is now 2018).
I never doubted Christ and He never let me down. I just trusted him to do the best for me.

~Mike

Related Posts:
TRUST #1: Focus for 2018
TRUST #4: Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past 
TRUST #8: Trust God to Meet Your Needs (Carolyn McIntosh's Story)
TRUST #9: He Never Leaves Us Nor Forsakes Us (Daneille Snowden's Story)
TRUST #10:  Following God's Lead (Charity Vanderhoof's Story)

 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

TRUST #10: Following God's Lead (Charity Vanderhoof's Story)


Here's an essay about TRUST from my friend, Charity Vanderhoof, and how she followed God's lead when she and her husband were forced to sell their house. Thank you for sharing, Charity.
I have many stories of trust, especially from a season of my life when my husband, Vic, was having violent seizures and unable to work. We went from being a family with a good financial situation to being destitute rather quickly. During that time, we were forced to sell our house and downsize. My husband was no longer able to help in decision-making because of the amount of brain damage from his seizures, but I knew we had to sell the house because we could no longer afford it. 

I talked to the bank and made it personal to them. I told them I would put it on the market if they would bear with me and not foreclose. They agreed to work with me. The housing bubble had just burst and things were not in our favor, but I had been praying. I knew the Lord was telling me to sell the house and He "spoke" a number to me for what to sell the house for. After interviewing realtors, all  of them thought my price was too high and that we would have to make a short sale. Then, one realtor gave me a number $2000 above the number the Lord had spoken to me. We obviously went with that realtor. 

It all happened fast from there. The FOR SALE sign went up in the yard. Then, that same afternoon the original person who had the house built was in the area because he was relocating back to the area and hoped to find a house in his former subdivision. Imagine his surprise when he saw the house he had originally built was for sale. He came to check it out, then he made an offer that night. He offered full asking price for the house in a market that was a sellers market, not a buyers market. We accepted, of course.  Then upon appraisal, the appraiser said the asking price was $2000 higher than the appraisal value. So, the price went down to the appraisal price, which was exactly the number the Lord had spoken to me when I was praying about what to do. The sale closed on the house 2 days before the bank's deadline. Only God could have orchestrated the whole thing.
Through this event, and many more like it, I have started to learn that, while I might not always have the best emotions about what happens in my life, God is there all the time. I am learning I can trust him with everything. I am learning to say, "Okay God, this is yours to take care of.  I am going to do my best to follow your lead and then lean back and let you work."  
~ Charity Vanderhoof


Related Posts:
TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #4:  Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

TRUST #9: He Never Leaves Us Nor Forsakes Us (Daneille Snowden's Story)


Today's TRUST story is from my friend, Daneille Snowden. Her family is currently raising support to serve in Mozambique, Africa, in a much-needed pastoral support ministry among the pastors, students, and missionaries of that area. Please visit their BLOG PAGE for more information, or to make a donation. 

Thank you, Daneille, for sharing this encouraging story about how God never leaves or forsakes His children.
When I was almost 21 years old - between, my junior and senior year of college - I became an intern to India. I had felt the call into Missions since I was 12, and this was my big opportunity to begin this new walk with Christ.
In that summer of 1987, when my flight arrived late to Bombay (today called Mumbai) I only had a few minutes to drive across this large city to board a domestic flight to Kolkata. Literally, there were hundreds of people in front of me going through customs. I was surrounded by Indians, Arabians, and even Chinese; finding myself the only American around.
Out of panic, my heart cried out to the Lord for help. God‘s response was: I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5b KJV)
I simply surrendered my plight (& flight) to the Lord. INSTANTLY, the customs agent pointed to me and said, “You... next!” I answered with a question, “Who me?” Of course he said, “Yes!” I was, then, whisked through customs and stuffed into a bus load of people (and real chickens) and transported across the city. I made it just in time! Wow! JUST IN TIME! Isn’t that just like our God. 

Why is it that our needs are sometimes met "just in time?" Maybe because He wants to remind us of how “He never leaves nor forsakes us!”
~ Daneille Snowden

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TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018 
TRUST #4:  Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past 


Sunday, March 4, 2018

TRUST #8: Trust God to Meet Your Needs (Carolyn McIntosh's Story)


Today, my mom (a recent widow) is sharing one of her TRUST stories with all of us. Thank you for sharing, Mom, and for encouraging us to trust the Lord through every season of life: 
Since losing my husband in May 2017, the Lord has been teaching me to take things one day at a time. I have had to TRUST Him for many things, including car and house repairs; but each time I ask, my church family has been there for me. God's Word says He has promised to supply all my needs, and to be the husband to the widow. The more I TRUST Him, the more He shows me how His Word is true.
I have also had to TRUST Him to show me each day what He has for me to do. At times, I have felt like I am doing nothing for the Lord since my husband passed, but I am learning that He cares about the "little" things I can do, as well as anything else that comes my way. 
  • I can be a prayer partner.
  • I can be a good listener.
  • I can visit a neighbor.
  • Just giving a smile is important.
  • Being there for my children and grandchildren is important. 
He has shown me I can TRUST Him to use me during this season of my life; and YOU can trust Him, too. Ask the Lord to help you use your gifts, and He will. Just listen to Him, and be ready!

For His Service,
Carolyn McIntosh


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TRUST #3:  God Works All Things for Our Good
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

TRUST #7: A Simple Plan to Help Us TRUST More and Worry Less

https://www.annieandeverything.com/worry-less-trust-more/
Today, I want to share an article with you from my blogging friend, Annie, over at ANNIE & EVERYTHING.

I recently read the idea she shared about a simple devotional plan any of us can use to help us learn to TRUST more and worry less... AND, it doesn't cost anything to do it! All you need is your Bible, a notebook, and a pen.

She got the idea from a recorded sermon by John MacArthur. He made the comment that "anyone suffering from day-to-day anxiety needs to know God’s character better, and the way to know God’s character better is to read the Psalms."

So that’s what she did and, if you click over to her ARTICLE, you can read about how she did it. She shares two simple steps that can help us learn more about God and His character. And, as a result of knowing Him better, we can have more TRUST in Him.

Thank you for sharing this idea with us, Annie, and thank you for allowing me to share about it here on He Holds My Right Hand. I have been using this plan myself for the past few weeks, and it is great!

One more time, here is the link to Annie's article. I hope you will take the time to read it:

Blessings!


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TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain
TRUST #3:  God Works All Things for Our Good
TRUST #4:  Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past  


Sunday, February 18, 2018

TRUST #6: Trust God's Decision on Leaders

Tomorrow is President's Day, a federal holiday here in the United States. While it is normally a day to remember our first elected president (Washington), and also our 16th President (Lincoln), it is also a time to reflect on ALL of our presidents (including our current one).

I don't discuss politics much because... well...  I just don't like it. Its just not an interest of mine. However, I do believe it is important to be respectful to the leaders we have in place, even if I don't agree with what they do. According to Romans 13:1, those who are in leadership are there ONLY because God instituted it. Yes, I did my part and I voted for who I thought would be the better leader. We all NEED to do our part. However, ultimately, I know the person who wins each election wins it because that is who GOD wants to have in office. 

So, even if the leaders in place completely destroy our country, I choose to TRUST that, yes, GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. Our country may end up lying in ruins - and in some ways it already is - but I believe my God has a plan, and He is using each situation to accomplish that plan. 

So, what do we do when things aren't going the way we want, or the way we think they should go? Pray. Pray for the president and for those who give him counsel. Pray for him to have wisdom in leading our country to the best of his ability. Pray for him to accomplish the plans the Lord has laid out for him to do. Then, TRUST that even in the chaos God's got it all under control.  



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TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain
TRUST #3:  God Works All Things for Our Good
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: "Whole Heart" Worship Music CD

I enjoy listening to worship music, when I'm in the right mood for it. I love Lauren Daigle, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, etc. So, when I was given the opportunity to listen to a new worship CD from Passion Music, I took it.

From what I've been told, Passion Music is "rooted out of the Passion movement, and is committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship." It includes a group of worship artists who sing together at live Passion Conferences, such as Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran, Melodie Malone, Crowder, and Matt Redman.

The most recent Passion Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, which birthed the new live album WHOLE HEART. I have been listening to a digital version of this music while I work on my laptop and have been enjoying it. I will also be receiving a physical copy of the CD later in March, which I'm looking forward to.

And, guess what?! I have the option to give away another copy of the CD to someone who follows my blog! Back in October, I said I was going to stop doing giveaways but, as I've thought about it more, I decided I would still like to offer a few giveaways throughout the year, in order to bless some of my readers. But I'm going to be handling them differently than before - no more online forms that collect personal information.

For THIS specific giveaway, if you want to be entered into the random drawing, all you need to do is be sure you are following "He Holds My Right Hand MINISTRIES" on Facebook. Just hit the "like" button on the page when you are signed into Facebook (or, there is a LIKE button on the left side of this blog, if you choose to use that). If you are already following the page, then you don't need to do anything. You are already entered! 

Next Wednesday, February 21st (no sooner than 8:00 p.m. Central Time), I will assign a number to each follower of "He Holds My Right Hand MINISTRIES," then use Random.org to choose a number for me. If your name is chosen, I will contact you via a private Facebook message, and you will have 48 hours to respond. If no response, I will choose another number. NOTE: Giveaways are open to continental U.S. residents only.

The new WHOLE HEART digital album will be released on February 23rd. Here is the link where you can purchase at that time: PASSION:  WHOLE HEART. The physical CD will be available in March.

Here's a quote from the Passion website:

Passion is more than music.
More than events.
Passion is a generation living for His name.

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

TRUST #5: Trust in God's Love for You


As Valentine's Day approaches, allow me to share with you 15 verses about the best kind of love there is - GOD'S LOVE. 

When you doubt God's love for you, read over these verses and TRUST that His steadfast (firm, unwavering) love for you is abounding (much, many, great), and will endure forever.

Nehemiah 9:17 (ESV) - ...but you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love...

Psalm 36:5 - Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 

Psalm 63:3 - Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.  

Psalm 86:15 - But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.  

Psalm 107:8 - Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 
Psalm 119:64 The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!
1 Chronicles 16:34 - Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!  
Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 13:34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Romans 5:8 - But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Ephesian 5:2 - And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
1 John 3:1 - See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God;
1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.


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TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain
TRUST #3:  God Works All Things for Our Good
TRUST #4:  Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past

Sunday, February 4, 2018

TRUST #4: Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past



Corrie Ten Boom said, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." That couldn't be more true for David and me right now because, this past Wednesday, David unexpectedly lost his job. So, we definitely have an unknown future, but that's okay. We are choosing to put our TRUST in a KNOWN GOD who loves us and has promised to provide for our needs.  

Sometimes, trusting an unknown future to a known God is easier said than done. But, one way I have found to help me do that is to reminisce about the past, focusing on the wondrous works the Lord has done in my life.
~ I have good memories of times that have worked out well for me and my family, and of how God has provided for our needs.

~ I also have memories of difficult times that may not have turned out how I would have liked; but I knew the Lord was with me, holding my hand, giving me the strength I needed.
When I remember past circumstances, no matter what the outcome was, it helps me focus on the goodness of the Lord. That, in turn, helps to calm my fears of an unknown future, and helps me to TRUST the Lord more.  

A suggestion to help you remember all the things the Lord has done for YOU (or brought you through), is to start keeping a prayer journal. My mother taught me to do that, and it really helps. It doesn't have to be fancy. Just get a simple notebook and write down your prayer requests and the date, then leave a little room to write down the answers/outcomes when they come. The more you look back and recognize His goodness in your life, the more you will be able to TRUST in Him. So, start one today, if you haven't already!

TRUST our God with your present and future because of how He has helped you in the past.


Related Posts:
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TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Christian Quotes" Inspirational Website


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A great way for Christians to encourage other Christians is by sharing uplifting Bible verses and encouraging quotes. ChristianQuotes.info has made it easier for us to do that. Check out this inspirational website that has over 10,000 Christian quotes on it, categorized by Bible, Author and Topic. You can also read a new devotional each day based on the daily quote.

Some of the most read and used pages on the website include:
 
Thousands of images are allowed to be shared for free on Facebook, blogs, and other social media websites, as long as they are not altered or sold. Many of these images can be seen on, and shared from, the Christian Quotes Facebook page, which already has over 4.5 million fans. 

Below are a few examples of some of the images. Be sure to check out the others on the website, and don't be afraid to share - share - share. Let's flood the Internet with God's Word and good thoughts.