Trusting in God’s Grace

This is Day 9 of 31 in my Write 31 Days series: 31 Stories of God’s Grace. I also am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “Trust.” Write for five minutes; unedited.

Did you know that God’s grace is sufficient for you?

Because, my friends, God’s grace is indeed sufficient for you.

But, if you are anything like me, it probably has taken you a long time to trust in that promise.

When I went to seminary, I never realized how hard it was going to be (Watch for a post coming up about God’s grace in the midst of hearing the call to seminary!) But at seminary, God reminded me again and again of how I needed to put all of my trust in God because God’s grace was sufficient. God’s grace came in my seminary advisor. God’s grace came in a seminary professor. God’s grace came in new friends.

In addition, as my family has struggled living our story of mental illness, there have been many days when I have not trusted in the power and gift of God’s grace. Yet I have learned that God’s grace is sufficient for us all. God’s grace is sufficient for my mom who daily lives with a mental illness. God’s grace is sufficient for me as a daughter who sometimes gets frustrated with her mom. God’s grace is sufficient for all of us.

Indeed there are days when it is going to be hard for us to trust in the gift of God’s grace. Yet we just need to remember to trust in God.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.”–Romans 15:13 (I would add the word grace to this verse as well…May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace and grace as you trust in him)

Walking by Faith and Not Sight

“Walk by faith, not by sight”

Those words are the words in the Jesus Calling devotional from today. They jumped right into my line of sight tonight as I glanced down to read today’s reading.

As the weather here in North Dakota has been GLORIOUS this week (We are talking 50s and above, my friends),  I have been spending more time walking from here to there. In the winter months, I walk as quickly as I can to get in and out of the cold. But this week I have found myself taking in God’s awesome creation all around me. I have found myself walking through puddles and not even caring that my feet have gotten wet. I have watched the snow quickly melt as the grass begins to appear again. I have listened intently to the birds in the morning.

As I have paid attention, I have realized that I definitely am not always good at paying attention.  More times than not, I am caught up in the busyness of life and forget to look at the world around me. And then I find myself asking, what have I missed? Have I missed God bring that special person into my life? Or perhaps that person is there and I am not looking closely enough.

Do you know what I mean, friends? Are you afraid you haven’t seen…or heard something that God has shown or placed right in front of you?

Somedays I wish God would give me directional signs–a stop sign, a yield sign, an arrow this way, etc. But the truth is my friends we need to remember those words I read in my devotional tonight. We need to remember to trust in this one who gives us hope, who promises to never leave us or forsake us. We need to walk by faith not by sight!

If you are at all like me, there are indeed days when that is so much easier said than done. Yet I believe in a God who asks me…asks all of us to trust in him. We are to indeed walk by faith not by sight! I do believe God wants  us to see what God created. But I also know that God asks us to trust fully and wholey in him.

We indeed need to walk by faith not by sight!

God, help us to trust fully in you; to know that even when the path is dark, you can see the entire staircase. You know the way for us to go. You are the conductor of a beautiful orchestra; a conductor who continually teaches us about life’s high notes and low notes; about life’s ballads and life’s laments. Each note is carefully crafted and played by the one who created each of us and always walks with us. Help us to remember that we are to always walk by faith and not by sight. Amen!

“Faith is taking the first step even when we cannot see the whole staircase.”–Martin Luther King Jr.

Trusting in God

So I just have to laugh. Recently a colleague and I were having a conversation about my future and starting a family etc. I hadnt thought much about it but had to laugh at the things that occurred after that conversation. First, a dear friend tells me about two single friends who are pursuing their calls to motherhood….one through IVF and one through the adoption process. Then Im watching one of my favorite shows, “How I Met Your Mother,” and the whole episode is about Barney and Ted adopting together…being “bro” dads. Too funny…just made me laugh and shake my head as I thought about the conversation I had just recently had. Then another friend refreshes her blog as her, her husband, and their two boys begin their journey of adoption. On this friend’s blog, she posted the following quote about adoption. “Adoption is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, determination, and complete dependence on a God who called you by name and sent you on a mission.” These words have been on my heart as I discern what the future may hold for me! God works in mysterious ways and I sometimes wonder if these events are God trying to tell me something. I dont know what that answer is but I am simply….Trusting in God….


I normally consider myself a pretty patient person, but lately my patience has especially been tested. I long for the day that I meet my Mr. Right and can start my own family. Just the other day yet another friend announced her engagement. Honestly, I am so happy and excited for her! Yet it is in moments like these, that my patience really gets tested. At 33 years old, Im so ready and want these things so badly in my own life. It’s hard to trust that God is with me in the midst of all of this but the truth is that God IS with me. I keep looking down at the neon green bracelet on my wrist that I got at a cancer benefit the other day. It reads “Trust in God” and on the other side “Faith Hope.” Sometimes thats easier said than done though. I long and yearn so deeply for these things in my life. Part of me wonders if it will ever happen for me and the other part of me is trying to be patient! I just wish it wasnt so hard and frustrating…