The Search for Trust

This month our discussions have been about trust. At the end of the month I don’t feel as confident as I usually do that the world is a better, more trusting, place.  Sometimes though transitions and evolutions take a while.  That’s often how it is with things we’re praying about.  But there is hope-check out Matthew 7:7-8:

“Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, whoever continues to ask will receive. Whoever continues to look will find. And whoever continues to knock will have the door opened for them.”

These words are spoken by Jesus to a large crowd of people who gathered to hear him teach.  This crowd of people is probably much like a group of us would be today-with broken relationships, struggling spirituality, jobs, businesses, good days and bad days.  His message is as important to them as they should be to us: don’t give up!  I’m a big believer that there is always hope-things may have to change for us to find that hope or have it show up in our lives, but there are tons of doors that can open for you in your life.

What are you praying about and waiting for today?  Share it below so we can pray with you too!

2012 in Words: Trust

This month we’ve been talking a bit about trust.  It’s a challenging topic as there are people out there who aren’t trustworthy, those who tell lies no matter the expense and without thinking of the consequences.  Today we’re going to take a quick look at a couple of thoughts about truth that will hopefully shine some light on why we really should be more trusting, and why we often shy away from it.

Lies and truth:
“For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” Bo Bennett

The thing about lies is there’s usually at least 1 person who can prove your lie wrong.  When the truth is shown, not only do you look bad, you have to explain why you lied.  Lies don’t build trust, they immediately tear it down-and it’s hard to rebuild trust when it’s lost

What the trust reveals:
“I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.” Cher

I think this is what we fear most about trusting and learning the truth-that it shows who we are, often when we’re not ready to reveal those things or show people who we really are. It’s scary to be totally honest and out there in the open about feelings, thoughts, relationships and business.  If you can accept that the fear is part of the growing pains, not only will you be a stronger person, you’ll help those around you trust you more.

Trusting yourself:
“Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.” Claudia Black

You know that gut instinct you have sometimes about a person or decision?  The more you try that feeling out and follow what it’s telling you, the better you’ll get at knowing what it’s telling you.

Trust is discovery:
“You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.” Barbra Streisand

When you trust you open yourself up to an amazing world that has lots to teach all of us about life, relationships, each other and what we’re here to do.  Whether you’re religious or not, you probably want to know what your purpose here on earth is-it’s something that I think is hardwired into our very beings.  The only way to discover your purpose is to step out in faith, try some things and when you hit upon something that feels right, you have to trust it’s in your life for a reason.

What aspects of trust do you need to work on most?

Trusting the Invisible

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you subscribe to my devotions or newsletters you probably wonder why I usually comment about nature or the world in the beginning of just about every letter.  To me, nature is that connection to real life, to God, to the future, to a whole, healthy, fulfilling, healed existence.

Our eyes show us so much on a daily basis, in fact, we learn most through what we see, where we go, what we read/watch, and the actions we take as a result.

While we many not physically see God in this life, the proof we need is all around us.  God’s created amazing and intricate humans, animals to warm our hearts and nature to balance and ground us.

If you’re struggling with your faith or your life, take some time to stop and look around you.  Pick up a book about spirituality or living a fulfilling life.  Take a walk around a nearby nature center or park.

What does what you see teach you?

3 Cheers for Your Brain

May is Mental Health Month.  It’s a event that I always take the time to recognize and appreciate not only my health but also the strides that have been made in brain research over the past several years.  This month is a reminder that there is a lot of good treatment and assistance available today for individuals with mental health challenges. So today we’re talking about two things:

1-It’s ok to get help.
More important than anything else, if you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  It’s not a bad thing if you admit you’re struggling, it actually makes you a stronger person because you admit that you’re not able to do it all by yourself.  We’ve got a great community of people around us who are ready to support you and help you heal. I don’t think I would be overestimating if I guessed that just about everyone in the world at some point in time or another has either struggled personally, or has someone in their immediate family with mental challenge.

2-Keep your brain working.
There are some things you can do to help your brain work better for longer including exercise, sleep, getting some sunlight each day, don’t do drugs, get creative, be spiritual, read more, and be social.  You have the power and ability to help your brain stay healthy and active.  Don’t worry, if you’ve been slacking off, you can start rebuilding those brain connections any time.

In this age of technology, there are more resources than ever for helping you understand, be encouraged and survive through all challenges that you face.  What are your thoughts and tips for keeping your brain healthy?

Trusting Yourself

This month we’re talking about trust.  It’s a difficult topic to talk about since the world as we know it has presented with some significant trust issues.

I’ll admit it: sometimes it seems easier to trust what someone else says or believe the conclusion that someone else has come to.  Why? Because you’ve felt let down by yourself in the past.  Maybe you’ve made a bad decision or two that has affected your sense of confidence in yourself. A while ago I signed up for Neale Donald Walsh’s daily messages, and this one came through recently:

“I believe God wants you to know…that your trust has not been misplaced.  Listen to your Self today. You have been telling yourself something very important for days now.  Today, listen more closely. And heed. Trust the still small voice within. Your soul is gently leading you to your next step.”

The truth is that God has given you an amazing brain, conscience, and His Spirit within you to help you make decisions. Yes, sometimes you’ll choose the wrong thing for any number of reasons.  But just because you made one decision, or two, that weren’t really the best, doesn’t mean that you can’t trust yourself to know what’s best.

It’ll take some time, but with patience and giving yourself more opportunities each day to prove to yourself that you are trustworthy, you’ll regain that confidence.

What do you need to trust more this week?

A Thank You to Mothers

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, an opportunity to thank the women in your life for what they’ve done for you. Mother’s Day has become something much more than just an opportunity to celebrate your physical mother as we’ve embraced the opportunity to raise children as a village (together).  It’s a chance for you to thank, honor and remember those women who have made an impact on your life.

Whether you have your kids in your life, they’ve scattered around the world, or your “kids” have grown up and moved on, know that you did make an impact on their lives.  And although there are words, sometimes we just don’t know how to put them together and tell you what we mean (or we’re too scared to).  This cute poem sums it up well though:

“Mom, I loved you yesterday, I love you tomorrow and everyday.
You were there for me my first day of school, to hold my hand and give me courage to go.
You listened to me when I needed to talk, you talked to me when I needed to listen.
You let me grow and learn from my own mistakes.
You never left my side when I was feeling down, I knew you would be there to pick me up.
I wish there was a way I could repay all the things you have done for me, but there’s nothing great enough to repay the greatest mother of all.”

Thank you moms for doing what you do!

Open to Truth

“I always pray to the great and glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that he will give you the Spirit, who will let you know truths about God and help you understand them, so that you will know him better. I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that he has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious. And you will know that God’s power is very great for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:17-19

Ephesians is one of my favorite books in the Bible.  I’ve always loved reading through it’s deep passages learning what God revealed so many years ago.  This month’s topic is also a deep one: trust.  It’s a topic that has hurt countless people and created countless victories throughout history.  It may be the thing that helps us rebuild as a world.

What spoke most to me about this passage this time in reading it was the concept that we’ve all had the truth hidden from us at some point in time or another.  I don’t think anyone likes to admit that they don’t know everything, but that’s the truth!

So what should our prayer be this month?  It should be that we are open to learning the truth, no matter how shocking, simple, difficult, wonderful or strange it may be. Which means that not only do we have to accept that we don’t know everything, we also have to be open to learning and considering new things, and we have to take the time to learn and grow as opportunities present themselves.

God promises amazing blessings for our lives, and promises that we will find the hope we all desire, if we trust Him to lead us in the best way.  What’s your biggest question or challenge about trust?

Day of Prayer

Tomorrow is National Day of Prayer here in the USA.  In preparation for the time you’ll be taking to pray, whether in a group or alone, consider Psalm 4:1

“Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”

Why is this Psalm of David important?  Let’s look at 4 points in the prayer:

“Answer me when I call to you”
Here David is inviting God to talk to him.  So often we’re so busy talking to God that we forget to listen.

“O God who declares me innocent”
Here David admits that he’s not perfect, but that God declares him innocent.  This means we can be freed of any expectations or judgements for who we are or what we’ve done.  All God wants is the opportunity to declare us innocent.

“Free me from my troubles”
It’s ok to ask for God’s help! He’d rather you ask for help than not speak to Him at all.

“Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”
Humility in prayer is important.  Prayer is not us demanding things from God, but rather asking if He would show his purpose to us in what we’re going through.

I invite you to share your prayers below so we can all pray for them.