Trusting God

A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure

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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

“The Bible says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). What does God really mean by “all things”? Most likely He means all things—the good, the bad, and the ugly. I believe that in every dark circumstance of life, there is a nugget of gold or a hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered. However, for that to happen, we must look beyond the dirt, push it aside, and search beneath the surface.

Is it easy? No. Is it messy? Usually. Is it worth it? Always.”

Excerpted from Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland
Daily Reflection: Even through the rough waters and hard times, God is working for us. What hidden treasure has God planted for you to find through these experiences?


A Shot of Faith

“Like a morning with no coffee, there are times when we are sluggish in our faith. Times when trusting God doesn’t come easily. Times when we need a shot of God-caffeine in our day. A spiritual espresso. What can we do at these times? Are there things in the Scriptures that tell us how we can strengthen our trust-muscles and jump-start our faith? Absolutely!

One practical way to build your faith is by remembrance. When David was just a shepherd boy, he had courage to face a giant partly because he remembered the previous victories the Lord had allowed him to experience. He approached King Saul with great confidence, saying: ‘The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine’ (1 Samuel 17:37).

David’s past victories fueled his faith and helped him to trust God for his present deliverances. Ours do the same. We can face our giants with equal confidence when we pause to remember how the Lord has worked in our past. As Corrie ten Boom put it, ‘Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.’”

Excerpted from Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland


Daily Reflection: Take a moment to reflect on a time when the Lord has helped you achieve a victory in your life. How can you carry this feeling with you throughout the day?


Failure is Not Final

“Adam and Eve blatantly disobeyed God and then lied about their sin. David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then plotted the murder of her husband. Peter bragged about his commitment to Jesus and then denied Him not once, but three times. In fact, it’s hard to find biblical characters who didn’t fail at some point, but those who learned from their failure and used it as a tool of growth were often used by God to accomplish great things.

I have come to believe that failure is a necessary part of our growth and maturity as followers of Jesus Christ. Failure can interpret the unconditional love and forgiveness of God like nothing else can—if we trust God enough to transform tragedy into triumph. Desperation can be our friend if it makes us crave God and long to see His power unleashed in our lives. Failure is not final, but God’s grace is.

Excerpted from Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland


Daily Reflection: As the new year unfolds, what can you learned from last year’s failures?


He Who Calmed the Sea

“We all long for an inner calm—especially when we’re in the valleys of life. We all want, pray for, and pursue peace. At the point of desperation, some people pursue peace by numbing their pain with alcohol, drugs, sex, food, success… The list is endless. Remember the old country song that says we are looking for love in all the wrong places and in too many faces? The same can be said about peace.

Some people tend to believe that peace is simply the absence of problems, valleys, and trials. Not so! Peace is a calm confidence that the Lord of the mountains is still on the throne—no matter how deep the valley may be. Peace recognizes Jesus walking on the water as He calms the crashing waves and stills the howling winds in your life. Trials become opportunities to trust God when peace reigns in a heart. That kind of peace can be found only in God.”

Excerpted from Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland


Daily Reflection: The holidays can be a wonderful, yet stressful time. How can you work towards a peaceful heart today?


Just Like Your Father

The woman asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. “Oh yes!” he replied. “I cannot take my eyes off the silver. If it is left in the furnace even a moment too long, it will be destroyed.” The woman suddenly understood the beauty and comfort of Malachi 3:3: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

Yes, there are times when it seems as if we will be swallowed whole by the fires of hell itself. The pain seems too hard to bear. The fear is paralyzing. The doubt is overwhelming and the questions flood our hearts and minds...

Our trials are not random persecutions. Heaven is not in a panic. Where we are and what we are going through is no surprise to God. We may be knocked down and kicked around by life, but if we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we will not be destroyed.

Excerpted from Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland


Daily Reflection: How will you choose to be obedient and follow His example?


The Perfect Storm

I have a friend who loves to sail. When I asked him if he had ever been caught in a bad storm, he responded, “Many times!” I shook my head in disbelief, concluding that my friend was obviously a glutton for punishment. Of course I had to ask, “Then why on earth do you keep sailing?”

His answer was profound. “Mary, every sailor knows that there will be storms. You just learn what to do when the storm hits. In a severe storm, there is only one thing to do and only one way to survive. You have to put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.”

The same is true in our lives. When the fierce storms of life overwhelm us, there is only one thing to do if we want to survive. We must position ourselves in the right place—in the hands of God—
and He will keep us there until the storm has passed.

Excerpted From Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland


Daily Reflection: How can you position yourself in the hands of God during the next storm in your life?


God’s Arms

When we ignore our Father’s warnings, we forfeit the safety of His shore and plunge into the ocean of harm’s way: the undertow of over-commitment, the current of wrong choices, and the rising tide of moral danger. Perhaps that’s where you are right now. If so, there is hope. You only have to call out to God for help and He will pull you safely to shore. David cried out, “Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me” (Psalm 31:2) and “Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters” (Psalm 144:7).

“But, Sharon,” you might say, “you don’t know how far I’ve fallen. You don’t know what a mess I’ve made of my life.”

You are right. I don’t know. But God does—and there is no place that you can go where His arm is too short to reach down and save you. That’s a promise.

Call out to Him today. He’s waiting.

Excerpted from Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland


Daily Reflection:
What do you need God to rescue you from today? Have you asked for His help?


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