When what you do doesn’t matter

        “That famous promise God gave Abraham—that he and his children would possess the earth—was not given because of something Abraham did or would do. It was based on God’s decision to put everything together for him, which Abraham then entered when he believed.

       If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and filling out all the right forms properly signed, that eliminates personal trust completely and turns the promise into an iron-clad contract! That’s not a holy promise; that’s a business deal. A contract drawn up by a hard-nosed lawyer and with plenty of fine print only makes sure that you will never be able to collect.

       But if there is no contract in the first place, simply a promise—and God’s promise at that—you can’t break it. This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift.

        That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.” (Romans 4:13–16, The Message)  

100 Posts, 7 reasons, and 1 freaken amazing quote

100

Anyone who knows me knows I suck at blogs (can I say that…ok I “stink” at them).

I have tried (and failed) at starting a blog more times that I can shake a stick at (whatever the heck that means).

To me blog writing always equaled homework (something I had to do) and so I started many blogs that were fated to die a quick death. I thought I was done…but then God…

Trusting God (this blog) was different because

1. God put on my heart to start a blog (wasn’t sure about what)

2. I mentioned it to my pastor (because I knew my history)

3. We prayed

4. The idea popped in my head,  I was amazed “Trusting God” that plus my writing is what I do, the perfect fit

5. I took a step of faith and for the first time payed for a professional blog, professional layout, and all the fixings (as God led …usually my blogs were freebies with lots of distracting adds)

6. I quickly fell in love with posting (why because I love God with all my heart and know that encouraging Christians to trust him just that much more, is my thing.

7. This is the 100th post….proof that there is a God!!! 

In honor of that fact I offer up the following From All in From Mark Patterson

“When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? That faithfulness is holding the fort?That playing it safe is safe? That there is any greater privilege than sacrifice?  That radical is anything but normal?

Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.

Faithfulness is not holding the fort. It is storming the gates of hell.

The will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan.

The complete surrender of your life to the cause of Christ isn’t radicle it’s normal.

It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

It’s time to go all in and all out for the All in All.

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Ps Thanks to all who have read, liked, or added this blog. It encourages me to keep going:)

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When you are going through the valley remember…

If you are going through a rough season, be encouraged, as you surrender to God and all that He has for you , if you keep going, if you do not quit and turn back to where you are comfortable, if you persist you WILL one day stand upon the mountain of God.

With all you have, all that you possess,  nothing can compare with what is in front of you!

The lost one

What an important and powerful message!!! Click to read through….I love at the end where it says “Christianity needs Christians who are not side-tracked by selfish desires, who take up the weight of prayer, who take the Good News of hope to the streets…We lost one. Near you, there’s one who’s on the verge of being lost. Only you are within reach to help, if you will let yourself be moved..”

Mustard Seed Budget

saved Not one of the lost ones in the church in Guatemala.

At 11 years of age, a former student told his little brother and sister to not move while he hung himself in front of them. The tykes obeyed.

What angst or demon would a boy to such unthinkable horrors as rival the Holocaust? I cannot comprehend. It tears me up inside. What could we have done to avoid this?

We don’t win every battle. We lose some badly. Amid the exultings of success stories lurk the blackest stains of those who chose not to listen to the word of God, who opted for worldliness instead of godliness.

Guatemalan kid The Iglesia Cristiana La Puerta works to save kids from the lostness of the world. Happiness results. This is what moves me.

I’m sorry, but I can’t get excited about a celeb’s fashion faux paux. When you have lived ravages, it’s impossible…

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