learning to trust god

In the end it’s all about Jesus, do not let hate or fear blind you from the love that is eternal. Look to Christ, it is only when we see the storm around us that we begin to sink, just keep your gaze on Jesus.

The hope of heaven is far greater than the reality of earth, learn to trust God even when your heart is troubled. His love is greater and it will never fail.

You are a mystery to me, what you think, how you feel, how you see the world, what you see when you look at me.
I know you, who you are, now, but I want to know why.
Sit and talk to me?
Tell me about your childhood? The things you used to love to do, the things you used to dream of becoming, what made your heart beat and your eyes sparkle? Show me what I need to put that pure joy back into your life.
Who were your role models? Who did you want to be like, who stood by you when you were alone, who inspired you when you gave up, what did you see in them that you wanted to see in yourself, Let me show you it was there all along.
Tell me what your beliefs are. Do you believe there is a god? Is there fate? Are we in control or does destiny decide for us?
When was the first time you told yourself you couldn’t do something? Tell me how it felt to lose that little bit of hope, tell me what dampened your dreams into wishes and made you question whether you could be all you ever dreamed of being. Tell me how I can bring it back.
Tell me about the first time you cried so hard you thought you were going to die. How everything collapsed in on itself and all that existed was that one thing. Tell me what that thing was, let me show you what it gave you & how much stronger you are because of it.
Show me your scars. Tell me about why they’re there, what they represent, how you felt when every little mark etched itself into your body and your soul. Let me kiss them and show you they are some of the most beautiful parts of yourself.
Tell me about your first heartbreak , How they took away a part of you that you never thought you would get back. Tell me how long it took you to feel whole again. Tell me how you did, how you put yourself back together piece by piece until you were able to stand on your own two feet stronger than ever. Tell me what it taught you, tell me what it took from you. Tell me how to love you the way they failed to.
Tell me your fears, what makes your heartbeat fill your ears and your skin crawl. Are they rational? Did something teach you to fear these things, or have you never known the true reason for them? Show me what I have to protect you from & I will until the day I die.
Show me the parts of yourself you hate? Tell me what you see when you look in the mirror. Show me the things you do that drive you insane. Tell me what you wish you could change. Show me what parts of yourself you just can’t seem to love, so I can love them for you.
Tell me what takes your breath away, what brings a tear to your eye, what makes butterflies flutter in your stomach and fireworks explode in your mind. Tell me about the first time you saw something so beautiful you had no words. Tell me how to take your breath away.
Tell me your dreams. What do you want for yourself? What kind of life do you want to live? What do you want to see? Where do you want to go? What do you want to be? Tell me all the things you dared not dream of because someone told you it was too insane. Tell me your dreams, so we can live them together.
Tell me how you think. What makes you tick, What makes you cry, What makes you laugh, Why you do what you do, Why you are who you are, Why you want what you want.
Tell me what’s Important to you. What are your values? What you will stand by no matter what. What do you believe people will love you for?
Tell me your legacy, what you want to leave behind, What you want people to remember you for, What you want to do with the time you have.
Talk to me, lets just, talk. Let me get to know you. Tell me everything, and I will show you how beautiful it is.
—  Let me learn you, and I promise you I will show you what it is to be loved whole.

sunmoonandmyrtle  asked:

Hi JS, I was wondering about the balance between trusting God and making your plans/taking action. I am a bit OCD about planning. My journey at the moment seems to be learning to let go of trying so hard and have faith in God to provide. On the other hand, I don't want to be the kind of person who says God will bless them yet doesn't work hard or look for ways to work smart. I'm not looking for a quick solution, but would be glad to just hear what you think. (I hope you're having a nice day.)

Hey dear friend, I really wrestle with this too: When do I let go and “let God”? If I hustle and pursue, does that mean I’m not trusting Him?

Here are a few things I’ve learned about trusting God:


1) It’s a false dichotomy to pit “working hard” against “trusting God.”

 I have trouble with the Christianese church-ish notion that “working hard” is at odds with “trusting God.” I think this has been a pretty terrible lie we’ve been told about God’s activity. I don’t believe it’s a case of either/or, but both/and. You can work hard and trust God at the same time.

In fact, it’s weird to me that we would “let go and let God.” This might look good on an Instagram quote, but in real life, what does this even mean? 

A Christian is called to excellence. Like DC Talk said, If it’s Christian, it ought to be better. There’s no excuse for mediocre, subpar efforts and then simply hoping that “God’s grace will cover the rest.” We’re called to reflect the aesthetic beauty of a glorious, captivating, breathtaking divinity.

Paul wrote the 1st and 2nd letters of Thessalonians to people who had totally stopped working because they thought, “Well Jesus is coming back anyway.” Paul says, “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

Not only that, but if you’re not working hard, then in some sense you’re limiting the gifts and abilities that God has apportioned you to do good on the earth with the little time you have left. 

When we say that “God provides,” this doesn’t mean we sit there with hands wide open. It doesn’t mean “thoughts and prayers.” A faithful life requires action, petition, movement, and going. Never be ashamed for trying your best and putting sweat, tears, and muscle into your life’s calling.


2) Trusting God is less about what you’re doing and more about the person you’re becoming.

Now if you lean towards perfectionism, over-exertion, and seeing fatigue as a badge of accomplishment, then of course, this will kill you both inside and out. 

If you’re controlling others and the systems around you to get the results you want, whether by subtle manipulation or aggressive power plays, this is obviously not what God wants for you. 

Your motives matter. Trusting God is about trusting His divine wisdom, His order, and His decree for peaceful harmony in all you do. It’s not that “working hard” is bad, but why we work hard is what we must examine. 

In the earlier passage in 2 Thessalonians, Paul says to people who are scrambling, “[Some of you are] doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.” In other words, some people look like they’re working hard, but internally, their motives are just to look like productive busybodies. It’s not actually hard work. 

Trusting God, then, is not simply saying, “Okay God, I did my part, you do yours,” but saying, “Work with me and through me on every part of this, that I would do these things for the right reasons and in a way that loves people.”


3) But yes, there’s only so much you can do. Waiting on God is insanely difficult and frustrating, but so we must wait.

Having said all this, there will be times you’re completely lacking control. You did your best, you turned in your paper, you prepared all you can, you delegated that project, you’re waiting for an answer, you don’t know what’s next.

In these moments, I remember what the Psalmist said, Take heart and wait on the Lord. It means that I’m not God. I can’t know all the outcomes. I can’t force anyone to do anything. I can’t make everything happen. I might fail, I might be rejected, I might be fired, I might be abandoned, regardless of how hard I carefully put in the time. You might not be able to provide for yourself or your family for a while, and maybe you’ll need charity. It will hurt, there will be grief and shame, and it will probably hurt for a lifetime.

But here, God does not want to equate a ratio of your work with your worth

The parameters which the world has placed on you for “accomplishment” are chronologically determined by your era, culture, and social norms. Five-hundred years ago, you were a success if you killed a bear and built a house by puberty. Today, it’s sitting at a desk for eight hours a day and saving enough to move to the suburbs. Who determined these things as a standard of working hard? So much of the work we strive for is just a result of indoctrinated ideas that will fade away or morph into some other arbitrary goal-post. We hustle for these weird finish lines that we keep moving around.

Too many of us think that when we fail after trying, that that’s it, and I shouldn’t try again, or I didn’t trust God enough, or I pushed too hard—we make it my fault, or blame God, or blame people. But to “take heart” means I remember that the outcome is not a measure of who I am as a person, as a child made in the image of God. There is no shame in asking for help when we can no longer provide, and really, it only reminds us we’ve always been dependent on Him anyway.

You can do the best you can do, with clean motives, and let your work speak for itself. The world does not speak for it. God sees who you are as you’re working as He works through you. Trust that He’s working. Trust that you’re still His even if you fail for a season. 

— J.S.

For those suffering with anxiety, we must remember that God would never give us fearful thoughts. God’s very nature is love and his perfect love casts out all fear. We must learn to trust God more than we trust our thoughts of fear.

anonymous asked:

Soo i have been shipping evilde for quite a while now but since vilde is lowkey cancelled since Friday I became interested in Evana. Please tell me why you ship it/reasons to ship it. This is sooo interesting and new and I'm so hyped about it. If there's a post or something that kind of sums up all the Evana content in the seasons so far it would be amazing if you could reblog it or something. Thanks already!! 💖

Hi, Anon!!!

Oh boyyyyyyyyyy, here we go.

  • Evana = easily, the most beautiful, prettiest sounding, sonically pleasing ship name you will EVER hear in your life tbh?
  • They’re an interracial wlw couple of 2 bisexual girls. And one of them is Muslim. This is HUGE? GROUND BREAKING???
  • They both know what social exclusion, isolation, loneliness, and losing your friends feels like.
  • Eva’s been practically the ONLY girl this season that’s somewhat noticed Sana’s discomfort/loneliness, and felt guilty about it.
  • In the bus meeting, Eva was the only girl to wear a colour close to black, that Sana was wearing, whilst everyone else wore white. That’s pretty telling how similar their struggles have been in terms on insecurities that come from friendships going wrong.
  • Sana literally told Eva to dump her boyfriend, and then straight away after that told her she’s the prettiest girl from the entire girl squad, and this was literally in the same week that she met Eva for the first time, ever.
  • They both are the most fucking domestic. Oh my god. Kitchen girlfriends tbh. Dancing in kitchens, or sitting on the countertops and watching the other make breakfast.
  • Eva would support the HELL out of Sana during her basketball matches.
  • Sana literally saved Eva from getting into trouble when Isak left drugs at Eva’s house.
  • They both have the most BOMB fashion sense, and their jackets? WOW. WOW WOW WOW.
  • They’re so beautiful? They just look … SO beautiful together??
  • Eva was so fucking IMPRESSED by Sana and her comeback in turning down a guy when he offered her to sit on his face?? Like Eva??? CHILL.
  • Eva was probably one of the FIRST girls who really understood a HUGE insecurity that Sana has, when she said “Sometimes, you just have to learn to trust people.”
  • Urm, they’re forever judging people together.
  • If they’re explored more, god, Eva could be SUCH a GREAT friend to Sana. SUCH a GOOD friend.
  • Eva was the FIRST person Sana texted when she suspected something was wrong with Sara’s behaviour last week.

THEY WOULD, JUST BE, SO SO SO SO GOOD TOGETHER. SO GOOD TOGETHER!

It doesn’t matter if you just went through a bad breakup or you’re unsuccessfully searching for a new job, whatever it is, don’t let it break you. And you know what’s amazing? When you consider it pure joy, it cannot break you: “Consider it pure joy…whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4 You’re only maturing in your faith and getting so much stronger than you were yesterday.

When faced with difficult things, you might feel emptied out day by day, becoming more and more exhausted and less and less motivated to move on, but know that God is doing a mighty work in your life and in this process, through Him, you are lacking nothing. It doesn’t matter who abandoned you. It doesn’t matter what situation just fell through, even when you’ve been thrown the most challenging, heartbreaking battles of your life, consider it joy. Consider that no matter how bad it gets, God is going to bring you through this. You’re going to be able to tell a story you never thought you would tell. God is going to reveal so much to you that you never imagined you would see. Hold onto that! That’s what it means to consider it pure joy.

Dig into God’s word on a daily basis so you can be reminded just how true this is for every single thing you’re going through, no matter how big or small. This is important because even though if we had it our way, we wouldn’t have to deal with trials, we are still going to face them. When we learn to put out trust in God by continuing to be joyful no matter what comes, we mature in our faith, getting stronger and stronger when the trials come our way. This is how you can become that woman that walks around with an unshakeable faith, no matter what gets thrown at her, who no matter what, considers it pure joy.

Written by @morganhnichols for #thedevoco

10

”I don’t have time for your little crush on Carter”

one of the worst things about being a gay Christian is even though you’re fine, your family’s fine, you have a good relationship with God, even though all of those things are there you still have a hole inside. a hole of uncertainty and confusion. does God *really* approve you being with him/her? Honestly, are you fundamentally flawed inside? Is it sinful? You don’t know if you’re going to hell and you always feel that you’re right on the hinges, right on the edge because your desire to love and be loved is so caught up in some force inside you, some sexuality, some identity that results in persecution and disdain and dislike and you still can’t sleep with the one you love without feeling dirty afterwards, without feeling ashamed, you can’t get married in a lot of the world, let alone live in other countries

And you just learn to rest with that, to cope with it. But it’s always there, gnawing and burning in the back of you. always. You don’t know that you’re alright with God, and you don’t know that you ever will be. to say this is hard to experience is an understatement

But if there’s anyone in the world who has learned to trust God and have faith in him no matter what, it’s us. and I think that matters.

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Storms - NotEvenCloseToStraight - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 13/13
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tony Stark/ Thor, Thor & Tony Stark
Characters: Tony Stark, Thor (Marvel), James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Clint Barton, Wanda Maximoff, Vision, Sam Wilson, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Post-CACW, ThunderIron - Freeform, IronThunder - Freeform, Angst, So much angst, Seriously Sorry For the Angst, trigger warning, Eating Disorder, Alcoholism, Unhealthy Coping, Tony has the Worst Coping Skills, Angst and Smut and Feels, so many feels, Protective Thor, Thor Feels, Tony Stark Has A Heart, Tony Stark Needs a Hug, Hurt Tony Stark, AOU References, Healing, Moving On, The Team Comes Home, Mjolnir - Freeform, Explicit Sexual Content, Fluff and Smut, Depression, Learning to trust, Friends to Lovers, Happily Every After
Series: Part 1 of Of Gods and Men
Summary:

When Thor returns to Earth, the first place he goes is the Avengers Compound. He is anxious to see his friends, and more than a little anxious to see Tony–hoping to perhaps pick up their cuatious flirting and little moments together they had had before Ultron.
But the compound is empty, and Tony is a mess- drinking himself to sleep and not eating anymore, not even working in his lab anymore. And when Thor learns what happened while he was gone, what happened in Russia, he decides to stay and try to help.
Tony doesnt want his help, but Thor stays anyway–soothing nightmares, and making food and trying to show Tony that he is still beautiful and worthwhile.

And one ngiht, with storms raging outside the window, Tony gives in and lets Thor love him like hes always wanted to, and they find comfort and peace in each others arms.

But when the team comes home, Thor realizes that some of Tonys wounds might never heal, that things might never be alright again.
But Thors not giving up on Tony
Not now
Not Ever

I must learn to let go. I have to let go of the past. I know, I know. But it’s hard when you miss the warmth of certain memories, moments and-especially-people. It’s quiet and lonely. Don’t get me wrong-I am very happy and blessed. I’ve been realizing more and more how blessed I truly am. Still…still. The emptiness of this moment is hard; not knowing what to do or what will become of me. Not knowing what the future holds. Could it ever really compare to the past? Sometimes I wish I could go back to those moments-those people. I miss them. I wish I had the chance to hold on to them-a little longer, a little tighter.

I have to learn to trust God-through the here and now, the aching, and with the unknowable future.

SENTENCE STARTERS | FINAL FANTASY XII

❝Happy you get to teach me something for a change?❞
❝At least we thought to bring entertainment…❞
❝The past can bind a man as surely as irons.❞
❝The stain of your blood shall be washed clean from history’s weave!❞
❝You can never know another, even your father.❞
❝Why do you hesitate? Take what is yours.❞
❝I slew your King. I slew your county. Do these deeds not demand vengeance?❞
❝Find your wrath! Take up your sword! Fight, and serve those who died before you!❞
❝Would you like to know the best use of that? You pick it up, and throw it away.❞
❝I am simply myself, no more and no less. And I want only to be free.❞
❝Steal me! Is that too much to ask!?❞
❝I am no false saint for you to use!❞
❝You shall not tread this path alone. Together we go. Come.❞
❝Though I lack your power, I will still persist.❞
❝Even a stray has pride.❞
❝Don’t listen to [NAME]’s lies!❞
❝I always knew you didn’t take well to being tied up…I just never knew how much.❞
❝All skiff, no ship… hardly fit for a leading man.❞
❝Call me old-fashioned, but I was hoping for a treasure whose worth we could measure.❞
❝Don’t become a slave to a stone. You’re better than that.❞
❝One of these days I’ll fly an airship of my own.❞
❝Every good pirate needs a partner, right~?❞
❝I hope you haven’t forgotten my role in this little story.❞
❝I’m the leading man. You know what they say about the leading man? He never dies.❞
❝Let me show you how it’s done!❞
❝Not the first time I’ve heard that joke. I’m still not laughing.❞
❝At least your sword is to the point…❞
❝I’d say you’re in more of a supporting role.❞
❝If I could protect but one person from war’s horror, then I would bear any shame. I would bear it proudly.❞
❝I must endure…!❞
❝Watch and mark you the suffering of one who must rule, yet lacks the power.❞
❝The men of my family, we are taught to place the needs of others before those of our own.❞
❝As long as I can curse your name I shall not be defeated!❞
❝Too late, and to their sorrow, do those who misplace their trust in gods learn their fate.❞
❝Spare me your lies! I see the serpent coiled here before me!❞
❝Methods do not interest me. Only results.❞
❝I’m through with it - I’m through running. I’m ready to find my purpose.❞
❝A new day has dawned. We are free!❞
❝Believe what you want to, whatever it takes to make you happy. What’s done is done.❞
❝I am the leading man. Might need to do something heroic.❞
❝With each passing day, the world finds new and exciting ways to kill a man.❞
❝If a dungeon’s waiting for us at the end of the night, it had best have a change of wardrobe.❞
❝It’s not easy being this popular, you know.❞
❝Remember what curiosity killed. Just a friendly word of advice.❞
❝Wield your hatred and crush me. I welcome it!❞
❝My hands are stained with blood. I see little reason to stay them now.❞
❝What am I to do with those who would oppose me…but show them death?❞
❝You’ve let your eyes betray your heart…❞
❝When the strong heart forgets suffering, it can only lead to evil.❞
❝You’re barely old enough to be a man, you shouldn’t be forced to wield a sword.❞
❝You’re no good to anyone if you’re locked away in a dungeon!❞
❝Quite a performance.❞
❝You don’t need to worry about me - I’m tougher than I look.❞
❝This struggle is futile. You must know where it leads!❞
❝Such strength - Inhuman!❞
❝A hound begging for scraps at the table… Would you serve a new master, hound?❞
❝I am the leading man. Might need to do something heroic~!❞
❝Spend your pity elsewhere. If you are so set on running, hadn’t you best be off?❞
❝For too long have my deeds gone unrewarded…❞
❝Though I lack your power, I will still persist.❞

Sansa & Arya: Two Sides of the Same Coin

I’ve been thinking about Sansa and Arya’s scene from the latest episode, and it’s one of the three scenes that stuck with me after the episode. A lot of people disliked the idea of Arya vs. Sansa and another version of Starkbowl, but the more I thought of that scene, I realized it’s not as simple as one is right. Sansa gets a lot of hate. More hate than most characters in this fandom. However, in that tendency to stop people from judging so easily and move with the times, sometimes it’s easier to choose a more comfortable absolute point of view. However, in this scene especially, I think it reduces the complexity of both Sansa’s and Arya’s points of view by saying one of them was right. Both were right in specific ways and both were wrong. 

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anonymous asked:

Can I ask for a prayer? Some times I feel so alone, like no one understands what I'm going through. That no one really wants to understand. It just feels like all of their attempts to make me feel better is out of being courteous. It's hard to trust anyone since I've been hurt by people who promised to be there for me.

Hi friend,

Sending prayers up for you. I’ve definitely been there–afraid to trust others because I had been hurt by someone who was supposed to protect me. It’s hard to learn to trust again, but it is possible. 

Because with God? All things are possible. 

You can trust God, friend. You can trust Him, and you can ask Him to help you to be able to trust others again, and to help you to not feel so alone, and to help you to lean into Him and to help you to love Him and trust Him with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. 

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13

All my love,

S. 

Faith over feelings

Job endured many tests and trials but his patience and faith triumphed in the end, as we will see in chapter 42. God tests us too. One of the ways He does so is by allowing us to go through dry times - times when nothing seems to minister to us or water our souls. We go to church, but we feel no different when we leave. We read the latest book or listen to the latest song but it does us no good at all.

I have had those times in my life and ministry and Job certainly had them- in what seems like extreme measure ( see Job 19:7-11) I have gone through mountain top experiences and I have been through valleys. I have had dry times in my prayer life and in my praise and worship. I have had times when I would go into meetings or conference and be able to feel the presence of God and I have had times when I would go and feel absolutely nothing. I have learned to believe that God is with me whether I feel it or not. There have also been times when I could hear from God so clearly and know that I had heard “a word in season” for me. There have been other times when I have not heard anything at all.

Looking back on my spiritual life, I realise that at times I have gone up and down, up and down. When I was up I felt that I was saved and when I was down I felt that I was lost. When I was up I felt that I was saved and when I felt sure God had called me I was up, and when I was uncertain of my calling I was down. When dry times came upon me, I let them affect me. At the time I did not know what was happening to me or why. Now I realise that God was working all the harmful things out for me and getting me to the point where I did not base my faith on my feelings.

I will be honest with you. I rarely go through those times now. I just love God, and that’s it. I worship Him. And that’s it. I pray, I believe He hears me, and that’s it. I know I am called and I go out and do what I’m called to do and I do not go through all the ups and downs I used to go through. Why? Because I have learned to stop basing everything on my feelings and to live by faith instead. I do not allow my emotions to determine whether I believe God is with me or not. I just choose to believe he is. That does not mean I never experience a rough time or have a bad day but those times no longer control what I believe.

I do not believe God can allow us to go from one emotional high to another. If He did, we would depend too much on them and would probably start thinking more highly of ourselves than we should. God loves us and protects us from depending on emotions too much so that he can continue to use us.

We must learn to trust that God knows what he is doing in us. If we feel something in our emotions that is fine. If we do not feel anything this is fine too. We must remember that we are in this for the long haul - not just for those times when we feel good but also for those times when we feel bad or do not feel anything at all. Be patient and stay faithful. God will come through for you and you will be amazed!

—  Joyce Meyer