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My original subject of this blog post will have to be for another time. Recently, God has allowed situations to occur in the lives around me which have led my thoughts into a different direction.

Trust.

Dad gets laid off from work, mom’s health declines, a child dies in a wreck, parents split up, parents fight, child struggles with a learning disability, family has to move to a different state…this list could be a number of things.

Even through the uncertainty in life, God is God.

He has your life in His hands. That will never change.

“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

My heart grieves for my dear friends who are struggling with unexpected difficulties.

Yet, God commands us not to worry.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27

The flesh grabs a hold of our mind. The flesh says to worry. The flesh says to be depressed. The flesh says to allow the bitterness to take root and lash out with a vengeful heart.

But God has called us to a higher form of reaction.

God calls us to pray…”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

God calls us to stand firm…”Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

God calls us to act accordingly…”Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27

God calls us to set an example…”Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

God calls us not to fear…”For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

God calls us to have a happy heart…”Do everything without complaining or arguing,  so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault, in a crooked and depraved generation…” Philippians 2:14-15

God calls us to  be encouragers…”But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

God calls us to be joyous…”Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3

God calls us to be thankful…”Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

There is a beauty and a sense of adventure I find in the unknown. I fully believe that God has my life in His hands, and whatever happens, through the pain and through the joy, God is God.

I’ve been listening to Steven Curtis Chapman’s song, Miracle of the Moment, nonstop.

Steven Curtis Chapman has a way of writing wonderful lyrics. This song specifically has  a special place in my heart. Enjoy now. Live now. Embrace now. As Ecclesiastes says, “There is a time for everything”.

Until I was about 16 years old, I cried on my birthday. I did not want to grow up. I was scared for the unknown. But, the older I become, the more my perspective changes. Now, I love life. I want to embrace life. I long to learn, mature, and to love the life God has given me.

So tonight, trust God.

Words are easier said than done, of course. Nonetheless, If you ask Him I promise you, He will give you the desire to trust Him, and the peace to do so.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord; the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

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