He is a graduate of Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth. He is the co-author of “The Group House Handbook” (Acropolis, 1982) and editor of “The Elderhostel Odyssey” (Elderhostel, 2005).
It’s that simple when it comes to walking by faith – not by sight or feelings. Just Trust God. But trusting God isn’t always that simple, is it?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
This verse plainly states “trust.” It doesn’t say, “If you feel like it,” or “If you think it’s the best choice,” – no – it says “trust.” “Just Do It” – trust.
But it’s not as easy as it sounds, is it? It means giving up our hurts, our anger, our rejection. That position can become quite comfortable over time, and we don’t want to give it up because we realize that by coming out of that place, we are back in a position of vulnerability. Open to hurt and rejection again. There’s the issue of trust again. We must trust God to protect us. And He will. Will people still wound us? Probably. But in trusting God, we can be assured He will carry our hurts and heal our hearts.
Sometimes our lack of trust causes us to question God. This is what happened in my case. I questioned God about several issues over several months and did not receive an answer, in my opinion. It seemed as if the more I questioned God, the quieter He got. The quieter He got, the more I questioned. It became a vicious cycle until the day I said, “That’s it. I’m done.” But, thankfully, God is never done.
Repentance. Forgiveness. Trust.
Just Do It. Just Trust.
For almost a year, I wondered in a spiritual desert. A wasteland of my own making and of my own choice. Choosing this desert proved to be one of the biggest mistakes of my life–certainly my spiritual life. My choice damaged the most important relationship in my life – my relationship with God. In actuality, the choice wasn’t to walk through the desert. The choice I made was to be angry at God – to refuse to let go of my anger and ultimately turn my back against God and severe that relationship.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms who are reading this. And if your mom is still living, enjoy spending time with her today!
I am sitting in the emergency room of our local hospital – again. My mother fell this morning. Although she uses a walker or walking cane all the time, she often falls because of problems with one of her knees. She has seizures, which occasionally cause her to fall. She has congestive heart failure and degenerative disc disease. My mother will be 80 in one week and her health has been failing for a number of years.
In my last post, I announced that I would be serving on a panel of writers at a writers’ symposium in May. Because of that, the panel of writers will be interviewed that evening (Wednesday, April 25) between 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM on 92.5 The Bear.
For those of you who listened in, it was obvious I wasn’t there. Unfortunately, my mother was rushed to the hospital earlier that day and my dad, sister and I were at the hospital until almost 9PM. My mother is doing much better and is at home now.
The writers’ symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM at the Carnegie Library in downtown Newnan. For those of you living in the Newnan/Coweta County/Southern Crescent area, I would love for you to come.
I am honored to be on the panel with several excellent authors as well as dear friends. Facilitating the symposium will be Swanee Ballman (hopefully she will have recovered from surgery by then!) Swanee has written several books, including Exodus From America and Tamarind. She is the owner of Jawbone Publishing located in Newnan.
Linda Jennings is a co-host on the cable show “Tea with Linda and Maggie” and owner of InDePub Books.com. She is the author of Life within the Veil and Forty Days of Healing Devotions. She is currently writing a book on miracles in Coweta County. lso Holly Moulder is a retired school teacher, having taught for 21 years in the Coweta County School System. She is the author of several children’s books including A Cord of Three Strands and Eyes of the Calusa.
Carla Cook Smith, marketing expert and publisher with Perspectives Books has written a number of books on the histories of surrounding cities, including Fayetteville Perspectives and Holiday Perspectives in Senoia, Senoia Perspectives, Turin Perspectives and Peachtree City, a 50 Year Perspective.
Then there’s me. I’ve yet to figure out why I was invited except I was told I am the blogging “expert.” I don’t consider myself an expert by any stretch of the imagination. But I love to blog and am willing to share what I know.
This symposium will be a fun and informative meeting! I hope to see you there!