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Re-Blog: Trusting God in Every Circumstance

I subscribe to a blog by the name of For the Family and they posted this on their blog today, I thought is was worth sharing but am unsure how to re-blog directly from their blog, forgive me, lol. Nonetheless I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

Trusting God in Every Circumstance

One of the things we see God do throughout the Scriptures and throughout our lives is bring us to places where we must decide: Will I trust God in this moment?

Will I trust God even when all logic seems to aim in another direction?

Will I trust God even when I don’t feel like it? even when it’s not convenient? even when obeying seems counter-intuitive?

In Genesis 22, God tells Abraham to take his son — “yes your only son, whom you love so much” — and go and sacrifice him…

Up to this point Abraham had faced many challenges. Following God and His voice meant tough decisions. But none of the challenges he faced even came close to this challenge, the challenge of sacrificing his only son.

What is amazing is that Abraham makes the journey and follows through in obedience.  But then, right before sacrificing the son whom he loves, an angel of God says to Abraham,

Don’t lay a hand on the boy! Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son (Genesis 22:12 NLT).

It was a very real possibility that Abraham’s love for Isaac (a good thing) could have come between Abraham and God (which would have been bad).

God had to know: would Abraham choose his only son Isaac?  or would Abraham choose Him?

Likewise, God is regularly exposing where our true allegiances lie, and He’s regularly exposing all the things we allow to into our lives that crowd Him out.  It’s often these things that cause so much of our worry and anxiety. Whatever it is that we allow to come between God and us is the very thing that attempts to control outcomes!

I love how author Paul Tripp puts it:

Here is what happens: important things (like family, work, housing, money, etc.) become all too important to us because they become the places we look to for rest. When they do, they not only do not give us rest, they become the reason for the endless cycles of worry, anxiety, and fear… Worry and rest always reveal the true treasures of your heart. You will rest the most when what you treasure the most is secure, and you will worry the most when what you treasure the most is at risk. What does your world of worry reveal about the true treasures of your heart?

You will rest the most when what you treasure the most is secure!

The Psalmist tells us this:

Delight yourself in the Lord, 
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
 trust in him, and he will act (Psalm 37:4-7).

The Psalmist is giving us a road map to a confident joy that frees us moment-by-moment from living in paralyzing fear and anxiety: delight in God. Make Him the central focus of ALL of your life, and in return your joy is guaranteed – He will give you the desires of your heart.  Which is more of God!

What’s that thing you’re clinging to that is crowding out God from your life?

What’s your next move to surrendering that to God and allowing freedom to come through a simple (not easy) moment of obedience?

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise (Hebrews 10:23).

God bless,

Ryan Snow

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“Put It On A T-Shirt” Collection: Mama Bears Roar

One of my favorites, for reasons unnecessary to explain……we rock Mama Bears!!!

(P.S. I know bears don’t roar, lol)

“Put It On A T-Shirt” Collection: Everything Happens For A Reason

Hilarious!! Hehehe This one always makes me laugh, I am sure most people have wanted to say this to someone at some point in their life. lol

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The “Put It On A T-Shirt” Collection

One of my favorite sites is Pinterest. I love the idea of having a place to “pin” all the cool things I find on the internet so I can find them later without having to clutter up my browser toolbar with bookmarks.

On my profile I have lots of different cool “boards” where I store stuff, however by far my favorite board is my “put it on a tshirt” board. This board is a collection of sayings that I have pinned that I one day hope to make a t-shirts with. Some days when I need a good laugh I go and just read through the pins as they always cheer me up! I plan to begin sharing them here on my blog in a new series titled after this post. I hope as I share them they will brighten your day as they do for me. 🙂

So without further a do here is today’s posting and it is arguably probably my favorite, lol. Enjoy!

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Run, run as fast as you can….

Ok not really as fast as I can, but I have been running(more like jogging). One of my life goals has always been to be a runner. Something about seeing a runner makes me want to get up and join them, and not because of the exercise, but just to have the discipline in me to be able to commit to running with no place to go, but purely for the endorphin kick.

Running makes me tired, but when I am doing it, no matter how out of breath I am, I enjoy it! It makes me feel like my life is complete, I secretly believe that I was born to be a runner but my body is holding me back. You know how some ppl say they feel like they are a fat person in a skinny body, well I feel like I am a runner inside of an out of shape body!

I have been doing the couch to 5k program for the past 4 weeks, and it has been really great at helping me to gain my stamina and control my breathing. Today I actually ran for an entire 15 mins straight! It may not seem like much but that was a feat for me, seeing how I struggled 4 weeks ago to run for 30 seconds without losing my breath.

However I didn’t want to post so that I can talk about my accomplishments with this running thing, I wanted to share my motivations that have helped me to stay committed to it. The things that I repeat daily in my head in order to remind myself that not working out or going for my run each day is not an option.

I hope that you will find motivation in these quotes as you tackle your fitness goals. I am hoping in the next couple of weeks to start posting in more detail about what I have been eating and what workouts I have been doing, but just to for a quick recap, the mix has included boot camp training, spinning class, body sculpt, total body conditioning classes and of course the couch to 5k program.

So here are my motivations, repeat them daily and stay motivated!

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In addition here are a few more quotes that I found, that I thought were cool to share:

yesterday you said tomorrow

“It’s uncomfortable, not impossible”-unknown