After work today, my co-teacher got to come over and eat dinner at the house before some training. It was so fun to have to meet some of my family and see where I live! Then I headed to my first dgroup of the semester!! I am so excited about meeting with these sweet ladies each week. Can’t wait to see how the Lord will grow us and allow us to encourage and edify each other. I am already filled with love for these ladies and I don’t even know most of them that well! Can’t wait to continue to get to know them and their lives! Now I am home with the family continuing to celebrate Ashley’s birthday! I can’t believe she is 16 already! It’s crazy! She is the sweetest girl and her heart for the Lord is such a great encouragement and challenge to me! Happy birthday Ashley!!! I love you!
Obviously what is shared in dgroups from the other ladies stays between all of us, but I can share some of my thoughts. Something that I have been learning and even struggling through lately is to trust God in every phase of life. I have to trust God with both my life and what He is doing in the lives of others. Sometimes it’s so easy to let my thoughts get away from me and not even realize that my little doubts and even questioning is not trusting the Lord. He knows exactly what He is doing at every moment even though I do not. I want to trust the Lord with every situation and in every moment of the situation…whether I understand what’s going on or not, whether I like what’s going on or not. I have realized that my actions are very different when I am trusting the Lord. If I am trusting God, I am not acting on my own accord, but allowing Him to guide my thoughts and actions; I am acting out that trust. When I am trusting God my attitude is different, my mind is not consumed by worry, I am wise with my words, I do not concern myself with things that I do not need to be concerned about. God is completely worthy of trust because He is faithful and trusting and believing in Him will transform! These are just a few of the many many verses the speak to trusting in the Lord:
“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in him.
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever,
For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock