In Others’ Words: Trust In … Trusting

Psalm 56 11 NASB

We all put our trust in something.

When I was growing up and I had a bad dream, my mother would comfort me and say, “Think nice thoughts.”

As I got older, I learned that thinking even the nicest of nice thoughts only got you so far when it came to both bad dreams and the harsh realities of life.

Sometimes we put our trust in ourselves — being bigger and badder than the bogeyman under our bed or the bully threatening us at school.

And sometimes when we realize we’re not enough — strong enough or brave enough — we put our trust in someone else. Our parents. A teacher. Or even a group of friends to come alongside us and be there for us in our time of need.

I have learned who to trust — and who not to trust. The hardest, and yet the most life changing lesson in my life was learning that God is trustworthy.

Does life always go the way I plan? No.

Is God always trustworthy? Yes.

Is life scary? Yes.

Am I afraid? Well, yes, sometimes I am … but I choose to not be afraid. It’s an act of my will to trust God instead of being afraid.

In Your Words: What or who have you put your trust in? How have you found God to be trustworthy in your life — or do you struggle with trusting him?

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 Just a note: I’m having surgery on Thursday, March 27. I will take a few days off from blogging while I recuperate. I plan to be back to my regular schedule on Monday, April 7. 

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  1. March 26, 2014, 5:25 am   /  Reply

    Yes, yes, YES. (and praying for you today and going forward, Beth. I’m trusting your surgery will be a huge success:)

    • March 26, 2014, 8:27 am   /  Reply

      Thanks for praying for me, Gloria. I have complete peace about the surgery.

  2. March 26, 2014, 5:32 am   /  Reply

    Perfect quote and gorgeous photo. Trust is probably the greatest treasure we can give to others and God. I’m so thankful He helps us grow in that.
    Yes, take a week off and heal gloriously. Our prayers have begun and you have our love.

    • March 26, 2014, 8:27 am   /  Reply

      Trusting others and trusting God is a treasure, Dee.

  3. Susan Tuttle
    March 26, 2014, 6:35 am   /  Reply

    We all put our trust in something…so true. It does take a while–and a lot of good and bad in life–to learn to fully trust in God in ALL things, but I’ve found if my trust is going to be in something I’d rather it be in Him than in fear or doubt or, well, anything else:)

    Praying for you tomorrow, Beth!

    • March 26, 2014, 8:29 am   /  Reply

      You’re right, Susan — it does take a while — and a lot of both good and bad — to learn to fully trust in God.

  4. March 26, 2014, 6:46 am   /  Reply

    I struggle but I’m so grateful for His faithfulness in the same breath.

    • March 26, 2014, 8:30 am   /  Reply

      I appreciate your answer, Wendy. Trusting God isn’t always a pleasant walk in the park — sun shining, birds singing, a gentle breeze blowing. Nope, sometimes trusting God is choosing even as I wrestle with doubts and fear.

  5. March 26, 2014, 6:51 am   /  Reply

    Sweet post, Beth. Oh yes, God has been my confidence since childhood. He is the only one trustworthy. The only one. I think when we realize that, it gives us freedom to go easier on others. We can’t be let down too much by others, when God is our trust. Thank you for that sweet reminder this morning.

    • March 26, 2014, 6:55 am   /  Reply

      Praying over your surgery. I just had an emergency appendectomy. Ugh. I’ll be praying.

      • March 26, 2014, 8:32 am   /  Reply

        Thank you for your prayers. I hope you are recovering well.

    • March 26, 2014, 8:31 am   /  Reply

      Wonderful insight — especially about going easier on others.

  6. March 26, 2014, 7:34 am   /  Reply

    Prayers for your surgery., first and foremost!

    Trusting God can be hard, but the alternative is far worse. No, life doesn’t always work well, but He never promised that trusting Him would lead to an easy path, or wealth, or health – regardless of what the “Prosperity Gospel” folks say.

    Not trusting God means I have to ultimately trust myself.

    And I know myself far too well to risk that.

    • March 26, 2014, 8:33 am   /  Reply

      “Not trusting God means I have to ultimately trust myself.

      And I know myself far too well to risk that.”

      Amen to that — I know myself too well to risk that too!

  7. March 26, 2014, 7:45 am   /  Reply

    Adding my prayers for your surgery. I’ve had to learn that sometimes even those we’re closest to are not trustworthy. But with that has come the absolute certainty that God is trustworthy! I can stand on that foundation and face whatever disappointment and hurt comes my way. It’s not always easy (okay, never easy) but His trustworthiness gives me peace and strength.

    • March 26, 2014, 8:35 am   /  Reply

      Yes, Edie.
      Sometimes those we are closest to are not trustworthy — but trusting God does bring peace and strength.

  8. March 26, 2014, 10:46 am   /  Reply

    Lifting you up through your surgery and afterward.
    As someone who has always been the one others came to to fix problems and who always wanted to do it my way, it took me a long time to learn how to lean on God and to trust Him, no matter what. But I learned His way is so much better than mine. And so much easier.

    • March 26, 2014, 3:29 pm   /  Reply

      I’ve learned that same lesson, Pat — and I went through a season of doubting God too. Life is darker — and all the harder — when I’m trusting in my insufficiency.

  9. March 26, 2014, 11:15 am   /  Reply

    Some days I wish hope and trust were the same. Hope comes easy — it’s translating that into trust and ascertaining who/what to pin it on is when it gets messy. Thank God for God. That God that He is never changing. Thank God He puts up with knuckleheads like me. 🙂

    • March 26, 2014, 3:30 pm   /  Reply

      And that makes all the difference: God does not change. Never. Ever.

  10. March 26, 2014, 11:53 am   /  Reply

    I struggle, but am grateful for faith. Wishing you a speedy recovery. All the best, Beth!

    • March 26, 2014, 3:31 pm   /  Reply

      Coleen: I think every person who claims faith would also admit to times of struggle.

      Thank you for the well wishes.

  11. March 26, 2014, 3:26 pm   /  Reply

    I don’t have a hard time trusting God, but I DO have a hard time trusting my self. I know He won’t fail me, but I also know I will, I WILL, fail me.

    • March 26, 2014, 3:31 pm   /  Reply

      Agreed, Jennifer, agreed.

  12. March 26, 2014, 7:00 pm   /  Reply

    Beth, what a great topic!

    I’ve found that I’m always learning a new level of trust with God. As soon as I think I trust Him with/on everything, something else pops up and He reminds me: “You haven’t let go of that one yet, Andrea. Hand it over. Trust me to handle it in the best way for you. Trust me. I’ve got this.”

    I wish trust came easier to me, but then the accomplishment and blessings wouldn’t be so great and wonderful. They wouldn’t mean so much if I didn’t have to struggle so hard to get to them. So, I’ll keep hanging on and handing over every little thing that pops up… until I meet God face to face and He tells me: “Great job. You trusted Me with all of it.” Oh, what a fabulous day that will be!

    Hope your surgery goes well tomorrow! Trust God. He’s got this.



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