How to Trust God With Your Plans: Part 3

How to Trust God With Your Plans: Part 3

The idea of trust has always been near to my heart — it’s even on my Bible cover as a reminder to do so.

I always find peace going back to one of my favorite verses: Proverbs 3:5-6. Through it, I am reminded to trust in the Lord’s timing and plans — not my own. God knows the “desires of my heart” and I believe He still cares about them; but such things may not be what I need at a particular time in my life. Maybe you feel the same way. Truth is, we all still have a little bit of growing to do.

Totally depend on & constantly seek Him.

Man, easier said than done! Am I right?? Proverbs 3:5 through 6 is one of my favorite go-to verses when I need a little boost through this journey called life.

I took a little time to look deeper into the word “understanding” and found the word bÎynah (bee-naw) in the Hebrew-Greek dictionary. When this word is used as a noun, the words comprehension and discernment are tagged to it, along with this explanation:

God has graciously endowed human beings with the ability of understand and comprehension; but this faculty is not [absolutely trustworthy or sure], and therefore, we are to ask God for guidance at all times.

[Furthermore], our own ability should function to give us discernment; like how to have a proper attitude toward seeking the riches of the world.

Honor God in everything you do.

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him, and he will act.

— Psalm 37:3-5 (ESV)

To do “good” in verse is similar to being fruitful; appealing or pleasant to the senses; morally correct and opposed to evil. When I think of this, the five senses come to mind, starting with the eyes (in what we see), the ears (in what we hear), the mouth (in what we say), the hands (in what we touch or do), and the nose … well, okay, I don’t know how to tie that in … maybe smell pleasant smells? Hmm, go enjoy nature & what God has created? – okay, there we go!

Commit your plans to God.

In other words, trust God and he will act. The only disclaimer I have is that it might not be according to our time frame. The Lord knows our hearts desires and cares about them, but He also knows what we need to grow and mature in our faith. As I say this, the story of Abraham comes to mind — maybe because we also talked about him last night at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). God remained faithful to His promises when Abraham’s faith wavered; but Abraham never stopped growing in his faith. One of the take-away principles was this — that “righteousness, [or being made right], comes by having faith in who God is and not in our own abilities and rituals”. When we commit our own plans to God, we are trusting Him to provide. The results might not be instantaneous, but by putting our faith in God, we are made righteous.

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What are areas you’re needing to trust God with today? What quotes, songs, or verses help you through such times?

Got an encouraging story? I would love to hear it!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Walking in Confidence: Part 2

Walking in Confidence: Part 2

How do you go about walking with confidence in your daily life? 

As I prepare to head back to work after a (much needed) stay-cation, I’ve been reflecting and searching God’s truth about living out my life in bold confidence for Him. Personally, it can be a bit difficult in a hospital setting (or anywhere in general), where you have to be mindful about sharing your faith with others (co-workers, patients, etc.). This series, so far, has been a great project for that and I look forward to sharing these concepts with you.

Be humble in the present.

In Corinthians 10 verse 1, Paul comes before the church of Corinth in gentleness and is observant of people’s reactions to him being “timid in person” yet bold in his writings (verse 2).

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Instead, he goes onto explain how we, as Christians, should rely on the weapons God makes available to us — prayer, faith, hope, love, scripture, and the Holy Spirit. This is in addition to putting on the armor of God daily and being alert at all times (Ephesians 6:10-20). Personally, I also love how, in verse 19 and 20, Paul asks that the words “may be given to [him] in opening [his] mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel”. In the past situations, I have found myself wanting to say something, but lacking the confidence to say it; and often enough, it’s due to the fear of how it comes out of my mouth and received by others. Not necessarily in sharing my faith either, but my thoughts in general.

Remain bold in spirit and take every thought captive in Christ.

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...” — ‭‭(2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬, ESV‬‬)

With this verse, the word “thought” comes from the Hebrew-Greek word noēma and stems from the noun noéo, meaning “to perceive. A thought. That which is thought out, planned, devised, in a negative sense“. Satan will try (that’s the keyword) to fill our minds with negative thoughts to keep us quiet; however, it is important to know how to combat this negativity with God’s truth and “teach them to obey Christ”. What we do with these thoughts is our choice. How will I (you) respond? A good way to do this is through prayer and asking the the Lord to give you a discerning spirit to keep your mind focus on God’s truth. Tip: Knowing and repeating scripture out loud helps.

Fear of the Lord.

I am not talking about the kind that causes you to be anxious and break into a cold sweat; but the kind leading to “reverential awe (and respect) toward God”.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” — (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬, ESV, underlining added).

The Hebrew word used for fear is yir’âh, meaning moral reverence; (exceedingly) awesome; (to be) feared. This kind of fear is viewed as a positive quality as it acknowledges God’s good intentions for our lives and is produced by God’s Word as we seek after Him daily. It, then, gives us the confidence we need to live a life like Christ and with a boldness to share the Good News of the Gospel. The results of this fear help to produce a good life — full of humility, riches, and honor.

Remain sincere in heart.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” — 1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭(NLT)

To others, David did not look much like a king as he, a shepherd boy, tended to his family’s flock; but God saw much more inside. He saw his heart and a potential that would help him be the king Israel needed. Don’t brag about what you do outwardly; but do not be ashamed of the authority God has given you. 

According to 2 Corinthians 9 verse 13:As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity (submission in the ESV) to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ” (parentheses added). When people see us serving with a humble heart, they will see God’s glory through us. Our submission will prove our obedience to sharing the Good News with others.

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One of my favorite verses is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 and reads, “But [the Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ‭‭(2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬, ESV‬)

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Soli Deo Gloria,

Lauren ❤︎

Also, if you haven’t already, feel free to check out part one of this series here.

Living Boldly in Christ: Part 1

Living Boldly in Christ: Part 1

What does it mean to live a life of boldness?

Most of my life, I’ve been quite comfortable as a flower on the wall … with very rare moments of living boldly. The question was put on my heart lately — have I truly sat down and read the the Word has to say about living boldly? Barely … maybe a verse here and there. No, this doesn’t mean I’ll be going skydiving any time soon. Don’t let me stop you though. Through this post (or possible series), I hope to not only grow myself, but to help others along the way.

Be brave & bold – not chicken-hearted.

These are the wise words of a beloved grandfather; found in a family cookbook, presented in 1998; and in reference to trying out a new recipe or adding your own flare to a dish. Probably one of the few bold things I’ve done, but this quote can also be applied to life in general. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wish to have the heart of a chicken beating inside me (bok-bok, bok-bok, bok-bok …).

God chose us and is for us.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” — Romans 8:31-33 (ESV)

Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start) …

  • We were chosen by God before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), “predestined for adoption as sons [(and daughters)]” (verse 5).
  • God also sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for all and extended this gift to all.
  • We then have a responsibility to accept or reject this gift. It is our choice.

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Know these truths and hide them in your heart.

I love how the New Living Translation reads for verse 33.

“Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one — for God himself has given us right standing with himself.” — Romans 8:33 (NLT)

This is an excellent reminder as I (and we) chose to live boldly for Christ every day — at work, at school, at the grocery store, at the mall … everywhere in our community. Often times, I feel like my character generally shows this mindset (with a few bad days in between — no one’s perfect); however, when someone approaches me and ask “how?” or “why?”, I want to be able to explain this with audacity of who Jesus is to me. It is important to know the facts that I am chosen by God before my time, offered the gift of eternal through Jesus’ death, and that I have chosen to accept said gift; however, it is also important to hide these words in your heart so you can be reminded who you are in Christ when you stand up for your faith.

What about you? Where do you stand on these truths? Take a moment to reflect and just remember:

Soli Deo Gloria,

Lauren ❤︎