In a moment, I get to share with you Alison Tiemeyer! I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this wise-beyond-her-years young woman. I’ve been blessed to spend time with her in real life laughing, learning, and having those deep kinds of conversations that fill your soul.
Today she’s talking all about how to trust God more. Friends, the trust thing is hard. We learn independence. Taking care of ourselves and being a responsible adult. However, isn’t it easy is it to cross over from responsible to control freak? I believe it is a temptation every single one of us must fight.
What Alison shares here today made me think about some things. Similarly, I believe it will have the same effect on you, giving you cause to reflect on how much you really trust God and what that means for your life.
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I feel like I’d be missing out on an opportunity if I didn’t warn you about something.
This is important, so lean in close.
People who never learn to leap remain stagnant.
And that means that…
People who never learn to trust remain fearful.
People who never learn to trust remain selfish.
People who never learn to trust remain angry.
People who never learn to trust remain prideful.
People who never learn to trust remain stagnant – never growing, never changing.
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Growing to trust more than fear.
Crying for help rather than remaining silent.
Sharing a burden rather than bulldozing through in pride.
Those are beautiful & grace-filled moments. Moments like that come about because of trust.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 tells us, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
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No fear when hardship comes. There is always provision. No worries when there’s a season of difficulty. And it never fails to bring fruit.
Never. Fails. To. Bring. Fruit.
You know what that makes me think about? It makes me think that when a woman trusts steadfastly in her Savior, she can be all in.
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This gets my blood pumping because, friend, we have an opportunity here! We have an opportunity to stand up, to be bold, and to learn to leap.
We can be women who are all in for Jesus.
If we’re going to be women who trust steadfastly in the Lord – women who are all in – we need a battle plan.
So, without further ado, here’s a 3-Part Strategy for trusting deeply in the Lord:
Part 1: Reliance through Prayer
We must learn to rely on our Heavenly Father. This nation is full of people – myself included more often than I’d like to admit – who rely first and foremost on themselves.
We look to our beauty, our fame, our talents, our resources, our relationships, our finances – we look to everything but our Jesus.
So how do we rely?
We strengthen our prayer lives.
We quit saying that we’ll figure it out someday or hoping that prayer will come naturally. We quit wishing for more time in the day.
We just pray.
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
He is near & He longs to hear your prayers.
I encourage you to begin with your favorite Scripture verse. Read it several times, highlighting or underlining the truths that the verse tells you about who God is, as well as who you are in Christ.
Then, pray those truths – word for word or in your own way, it doesn’t matter. Just start relying on the Lord in prayer.
Part 2: Seeking Glimpses of Grace
Friend, if I could sit across from you and drink a warm mug of coffee today, I’d encourage you to tell me about God’s grace in your life.
Glimpses of grace are those moments when you know only God could have done that, been that, provided that, helped you, etc. They are the moments that you stand back in awe and simply say, “Thank you, Jesus.”
And let me tell you, it is important to remember those moments. We need them. They – along with reliance on God through prayer – fuel our trust.
So, I ask you: what are your glimpses of grace? When did God show up and provide for you expectantly? How did God heal your wounds/your addiction/your identity/your body?
Thank the Lord for those grace moments.
Part 3: Diving All In
Here is where you put the pedal to the metal and you go all in.
You decide that it’s time, so you leap.
With prayer as your guard & grace as your fuel, you simply say, “I’m trusting you, Father.”
Is this easy? No, not always. I recognize that.
But there comes a time when words and ambitions aren’t enough. There comes a time when you simply have to DO.
James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
When the Lord says trust, it’s time to trust. Prayerfully. With reminders of grace. Simply trust.
People that never learn to leap remain stagnant.
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Finally, remember how I mentioned growing and changing being some of the most beautiful things this side of heaven?
Well, that’s because we’re being slowly transformed into the image of a great God. Trust Him with the process today. Take a baby step.
We’re in this one together.
Alison is a wife, blogger, and Jesus-follower growing in grace and truth daily. She loves coffee in the morning, experimenting in the kitchen, camping with her husband, and reading in a hammock just about anywhere. Her blog – AlisonTiemeyer.com – exists to encourage faithful growth and passionate living. You can find Alison on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
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