There’s No Love Without Trust

by | Jul 11, 2023 | Bold in Faith, Bold in Life, The SundayMonday Tuesday Archives

   

Trust is the foundation of our relationship with Jesus.

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. Proverb 3:5-6

Without trust, our prayers, our devotions, and our obedience are essentially wasted. If we cannot trust Him, we cannot fully love Him – and we’re unable to let Him fully love us.

So how do we cultivate trust in God if it’s lacking? Well, how do we build trust with the people in our lives?

We give them opportunities to show up for us, to respond to us in love, and to care for us. It’s the same with God. If we invite Him into our needs, our desires, and our wants, and invite Him to provide, He’s able to act.

It is good to look back on the big ways that God has moved in our lives – the incredible job, the great friends, that accomplishment that always seemed out of reach – but we can’t forget that He’s in the little, everyday moments too.

The friend on the street. The letter in the mail. The sun peeking out of the clouds after a day of storms. The new book that you can’t put down. The call you’ve been waiting on. All of those things remind us of God’s faithfulness. They’re just as important as the “big things.”

So how do we grow in trust today?

  1. Write down the big prayers you’ve seen answered by God throughout your life. Keep a list in the back of your journal for easy access when you’re lacking hope.
  2. Bring your daily needs to Him. Ask Him for EVERYTHING. Don’t hold it back. Don’t fear being too much. Don’t worry if He cares (spoiler: He cares a lot).
  3. Allow God to build up your trust through these daily prayers. Write them down, and then go back to reflect on how those prayers were answered in each day, week, month, and season.

We can trust in Him because He loves us. He wants our trust.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

We need only show up. To simply ask, seek, and knock.

In Christ,

Jane

What we’re loving lately:

Podcast Episode 77: How to get out of a funk

  • From time to time, we all find ourselves feeling a little down and distracted – so what are we to do about it? In this episode (recorded on one of my very long road trips this summer), I share four strategies for lifting ourselves (and letting Jesus lift us) out of those moments of discouragement and frustration. Tune in here on Apple Podcasts and Spotify!

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

  • I devoured this book in one sitting on the beach last week – it was so good!! Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who wrote this memoir about her own experience in therapy, and she also shares some stories about her own patients. I thought it was a totally fascinating behind-the-scenes look at therapy and this story of our shared humanity. There are great themes of mercy, joy, and hope. You can buy it here!

Mrs. Meyer’s Honeysuckle Handsoap

  • In the spirit of “what I’m loving lately” here’s a truly silly one for you. I went to dinner about a month ago with a friend here in Northern California (hi Kelly!) and at the restaurant they had the most incredible-smelling hand soap ever, so much so that I asked the owner what it was. When he revealed it was the $4.50 Mrs. Meyers Honeysuckle Handsoap, I was amazed (!!) and ran to Safeway the next day to purchase my own bottle. It makes me so happy. I know this might seem random, but this is my email newsletter and I am committed to sharing with you the things I love lately, and right now, it’s this soap.

Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

  • I read this book a few years ago and it changed my life, and now I’m reading it again! Fr. Mike mentioned it in his awesome homily this week, and it’s all divine timing because I’ve been praying a lot about living “unhurried,” which is not my natural state. I love the quote from Corrie ten Boom: “If the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy.” Oof. 😳

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