Tuesday, January 13, 2015

trusting Him...the blue Schwinn bike in the garage...



My OneWord365 for 2015 is “trusting.” 
I am constantly amazed by the many ways God uses His word, His Holy Spirit, and prayer to draw us like a magnet to Jesus Christ and His will for our lives. Recently, God used the memory of a passage in the Bible study, Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby, and a photograph of our daughter on her blue Schwinn bicycle to remind me of His sovereignty and His great grace.

The five year-old girl in the photograph is now an amazing 35 year-old wife and mother of our two precious grandsons. God sees the end from the beginning, He knew the day we took the photograph of her waiting to ride her blue Schwinn bike in the Fourth of July parade, all of the plans, the hope, and the future He had waiting for her and our family.
Trusting Him, my daily prayer has become, “Lord Jesus, I trust You, You know what You’re doing…"


From Experiencing God: "For his sixth birthday, my oldest son Richard was old enough to have a bicycle. I looked all around for a bicycle. I found a blue Schwinn. I bought it and hid it in the garage. Then I had a task—to convince Richard that he needed a blue Schwinn bike. For the next little while, we began to work with Richard. Richard decided that what he really wanted for his birthday was a blue Schwinn bike. Do you know what Richard got? Well, the bike was already in the garage. I just had to convince him to ask for it. He asked for it, and he got it! What happens when you pray? The Holy Spirit knows what God has "in the garage." It is already there. The Holy Spirit's task is to get you to want it—to get you to ask for it. What will happen when you ask for things God already wants to give or do? You will always receive it. Why? Because you have asked according to the will of God. When God answers your prayer, He gets the glory and your faith is increased."


We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don't yet have—for a man who already has something doesn't need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn't happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently.—Romans 8:24-25 TLB
 
It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.—Philippians 2:13
 
The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.—Romans 8:26-27
 
I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.—Jeremiah 29:11

Take a few moments to be encouraged by this wonderful song about trusting God, He Is With Us, by Love & The Outcome...
 
We can trust our God
He knows what He's doing
Though it might hurt now
we won't be ruined
It might seem there's an ocean in between
But He's holding onto you and me
and He's never gonna leave, no
He is with us, He is with us, always, always
He is with us, He is with us, always

Was this encouraging to you? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below, I’d love to hear from you!

Linking up with Holley Gerth and Kelly Balarie as an encourager...

16 comments:

  1. I love that the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Praise to God for that. I feel so weak. Thank you for your encouragement in helping us to trust more! Cheering you.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! I so agree with you. It is a joy to be a part of your #RaRaLinkup ❤️

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  2. It's such a comfort knowing that God already knows my future and He is directing me toward what He knows is best - I just have to trust and obey his guide.

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    1. Kathryn, thank you so much for stopping by from Holley's place to leave such an encouraging comment ❤️

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  3. Oh- how I love that picture! It takes me back to my day. :) Yes- keeping an eternal perspective helps me rest and trust in Him. Your beautiful post says it all so well. And this definition of trust hit home with me: "trusting means looking forward to getting something we don't yet have". Thank you for your well-written encouragement today.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Your words encourage me! I so agree with you about that definition of trusting from the Living Bible...still moves my heart. Many blessings to you.

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  4. Thank the Lord that He fortifies us with plenty of encouragement from His Word. Only He knew how we would so often struggle with trust and how much help we'd need from Him along the way.

    Great is His faithfulness, Beth! Amen!

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    1. Linda, I so appreciate you stopping by to leave your encouraging words. Yes, we need Him for every breath. Many blessings to you.

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  5. How uplifting! I am thankful for your words about trusting - it is developing patience & confidence in God day by day. However, it is an ongoing process of refinement as I struggle to let go of my doubting & impatience! Thanks for sharing at #raralinkup!

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    1. Ruth, thank you so much for stopping by from #RaRaLinkup to leave such an encouraging comment. I so agree with you about the ongoing process of refinement...until we see Him face-to-Face...all is grace. Many blessings to you.

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  6. Love the picture of your daughter :) Recently I'm returning often to lessons from Experiencing God too. Your words bless me today - thank you for the reminder that trusting is an exercise that is energized by the Holy Spirit and not just my own efforts. God is so good to give us a Helper!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments...I so agree with you about the Holy Spirit giving us everything we need...what a blessing!

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  7. The Blackabys are incredible people. I love that story! And I do find that as I get closer to Jesus, my wants change. I love being reminded that trusting God is daily. :)

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    1. Sarah, thank you so much for stopping by to leave such encouraging comments. Yes, I so agree with you, the closer I get to Jesus, the more He becomes the center of my thoughts, my life. Many blessings to you.

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  8. Made me a little sad to think how quickly the years will go by and my little girl will be all grown up, too, and I'll be looking back nostalgically at these years. But, so glad I can trust in God's plans for my kids. Love knowing that He has them in His hands.

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    1. Amen, Kathryn! And it starts all over when you have grandchildren, I feel the same way about our two adorable grandsons :)

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