The Trust Cycle
Today's Worth Revisiting post comes from ah-ha moment from 2013:
This weekend was a blessed yet incredibly busy one. It was not in the Christmas preparations I've been caught up in but came joyfully in the work of sharing the Good News with others. On Saturday, I had the great privilege of leading a women's retreat on Seeking to Trust God. Not an easy feat for anyone -- to trust an unseen Deity, let's face it most of us find it hard enough to trust those in our lives we can see.
How Trust is Built
Trust is often built through a series of needs being met by the other, from a history of seeing them in a role of trustworthiness, and from getting to know the other intimately (this does not mean physically but to grow to know each other's heart). That is the same for our growing to Trust in God. It is not instantaneous because He is God - though all things are possible through His Grace. If that was His Will, it certainly could be. For most of us, we are allowed this growing in trust through the gift of our free will. We therefore can choose to seek to know, love, and eventually trust the God of the universe. How amazing that God would allow us this gift of discovery, this gift of hope, and ultimately this gift of great Love!
Godcidence and a Good Book
Saturday night when I opened up Chapter 7 (of When Faith Feels Fragile), I actually LOL'd.. aka laughed out loud -- the theme of that day's reading: Trust. There are truly no coincidence in faith (or life for that matter) only what I call - Godcidence! As I read the words on page 28, "We may fear that to trust God is to risk losing our identity," it was perfectly aligned with the message the Holy Spirit had put on my heart to share with the woman during the retreat.
To trust God completely, we have to surrender ourselves and be open to the idea that although we may not see it in our current circumstances, God ALWAYS has our best interest at heart. What God wants for us, more than we even want it ourselves, is to be with Him for all eternity in heaven!! And in case I wasn't yet convinced that God had guided our retreat, I saw then these words from R. Scott Hurd, "This is known as 'surrender'. Doing it won't wipe out our identity. It will just wipe our out selfishness"
In giving up who I thought I was suppose to be, or what I think may be best, and allowing instead God to hold the reins - is an incredible blessing. As the Seeking Faith Retreats always conclude with a study of scripture to send us forth, (so participants may remember these are God's teachings and God's words and never mine), I will end my blog the same way. The Scriptures overflow with teachings on trust - and each gives us encouragement and guidance as we try to live out our life of faith.
3 Favorite Scriptures on Trusting God
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Delight yourself in the Lord;
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. ~ John 14:1-3
Good Advent Reading
For Advent (2013) I read When Faith Feels Fragile by R. Scott Hurd. His book, "Forgiveness: The Catholic Approach" has been an instrumental part of the women's retreats I offer on forgiveness. I honestly can not imagine what my life would be like if I had NOT discovered that book when I did!!
When Faith Feels Fragile is Scott Hurd's second book (fast forward ... Around the Table his most recent publication (Ave Maria Press) will be featured onA Seeking Heart the 2nd week of December!) and when I heard of the release I was more than eager to dive in!! I love Scott's easy to read, right to the core of the matter, touches the heart style of teaching of the faith. This book is organized into 40 short chapters, making it a perfect companion for Advent/Christmas as well as (of course) for Lent.
Chapter One, was so thought provoking, my hand-written journal entry was almost as long as the chapter. Here are the abridged version of my thoughts:
Impediments to developing or maintaining a stronger faith
Speaking of grace:
** GRACE: The undeserved, yet freely given gift of God's Holy Spirit within us. In that Spirit we are better able to accept God's call in our lives - a call to be holy because He is holy and to positively respond to His Will in our lives. All we need to do is be open to receive it and cooperate with it. (Allison abridged definition)**
All Rights Reserved, Allison Gingras 2013; 2016