Monday, October 18, 2010

Are You Trusting God With Today?

In Other Words Tuesday

I’m hosting In Other Words Tuesday this week.  I choose the quote we get to write about.  It’s a good one or at least I think so. 

Here it is:
“The spirit of complaint is born out of an unwillingness to trust God with today. Like the Israelites, it means you are spending your time looking back toward Egypt or wishing for the future, all the while missing what God is doing right now.”
From: One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer

I choose this quote some time ago. But little did I realize how much I would need to be reminded of this important truth now.

The Israelites were under a yoke of slavery in Egypt and Moses was called to lead them out.  They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before finally entering in to the Promised Land.  During those 40 years, there was much complaining and looking back at what they left behind.  I guess they forgot they were slaves, right?  But the food had been good and they were bored with manna; morning, noon and night.


I was living right where I wanted to live for almost 12 years.  But circumstances occurred that were beyond my control and I had to leave my 'Egypt'.   I hadn't been a slave and frankly would have loved to stay for many more years.

But now I'm in the wilderness.  This is not where I plan to stay and yet I don't know what the future will be.  And I like to know and plan so it's frustrating to be in this situation. 

The in between time can be so challenging.

How easy it is to complain and look back at what I lost. 

How easy it is to dream of what may be in the future.

But I don't want to miss out on what the Lord is teaching me today.

What am I learning during my wilderness time?
  • God is my strength and my source of hope.
  • God is trustworthy and will never leave me nor forsake me.
  • I really don't need much stuff to be happy and content.
  • I have more of an understanding for others who are going through difficult circumstances.
  • I'm less inclined to judge a situation, especially when I don't know all the facts.
  • I have friends who love me and care for me no matter where I live.
  • I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I don't want to miss out on anything God has for me today.  So I'm making the choice to trust Him with my today's and tomorrows.  How about you?

I encourage you to take this quote and write about it on your blog.  You are invited to link up here and visit others who are also participating.  I love how we can each write on the same quote and yet have different thoughts about it. 

Blessings and love,

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31 comments:

  1. AMEN! Hebrews 3:7-8

    TODAY if you will hear My voice!

    Love you Debbie - walking in my today with you!

    Jill

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  3. Really needed this tonight. Hubby has CAT scan tomorrow to check his cancer. We will know the results in a few days.

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  4. Great thoughts. I just finished getting my lesson plan ready for this chapter in One in a Million for tomrrow morning. My circumstance is very different from yours, but I too am in a painful wilderness place that I never would have imagined. This study (especially this week) has given me such a great new perspective. The quote you wrote about has been convicting and thought provoking to me this week. Thanks for sharing. I will send my WoW (Women of the Word) girls over.
    Terry

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  5. The times in my life when I wondered why I was "losing" turned out - in the bigger picture - to be the best thing for me. I didn't know it during those tumultuous times, but looking back, I see so clearly what was truly best for me.

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  6. Thank you for sharing. I am sure leaving that beautiful home was so hard . . . yet imagine our "mansion" in heaven! Ahhh . . . THAT we can dream about! :)

    Thank you for this quote . . . it was a great one to contemplate and so appreciate your trading with me last week.

    Hugs ~ Loni

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  7. The "in between" time is so difficult, but the blessings of his presence during that time is incredible (I wrote along those lines yesterday). Praying for you in your wilderness that God continues to speak and build the trust. Thank you for hosting this week!

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  8. What a timely post for me also my darling Debbie...

    You wrote this out so beautifully, so truthfully.

    I loved it, thank you. May we continue to look not backwards, forwards, but only upwards, to Him, Who has everything we need.

    Bless you and love you...

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  9. This is a terrific quote Debbie. And your application is perfect. Thanks for making me think about how I miss today.

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  10. Beautifully said sis, love you.

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  11. I can relate so much Debbie as I find myself wondering around in my own wilderness as well. I got both of my knees injected with cortizone yesterday. He said it might take a couple of days to kick in. They do already seem a little bit better, but my head throbbed all night. Don't know if it had anything to do with the cortizone, but I am hoping it goes away soon. I've spent soo much time recently in pain that it makes EVERYTHING difficult. But I too am learning from my wilderness. Again, He is always there for me. ALWAYS....It has given me a MUCH deeper empathy for those who are cronically (sp?) ill and in constant pain. Some of them for their whole lives. I can eventually get surgery and have light at the end of the tunnel. How my heart aches for those who don't have that light. But it aches even more for those who don't know Him. This was a GREAT post. The quote is perfect. Praying for your wilderness. HUGS, Debbie

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  12. Great post Debbie and beautifully said!!

    Many blessings,
    Debbie

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  13. Reading your story made me think of when we lost our home in foreclosure. It felt like I was looking at my past being closed on me, all the memories there and I saw no future. I learned the house that was for sale that day wasn't the house that mattered. Our home traveled with us, the shell we built to live it in was gone but not the true home we needed to be concerned about. The home in our hearts. Thanks for sharing and hosting today.

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  14. Wonderful and encouraging post! God bless you for sharing!

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  15. Thank you for this post Debbie. These last few months have been challenging, but I am reminded that wherever Christ is, that is my home. It's difficult sometimes to not look back with regret. Love ya!

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  16. You know my journey is the same as yours!! I can ditto to all that you are learning in your wilderness also.

    I remember at a home school conference the speaker told us not to bring Egypt into our promise land...meaning how you educated in other systems wasn't going to work in a home situation.

    Well that is true in this walk. I felt I was in my promise land...so I haven't thought of it as my Egypt, but at the same time to look back and continue to mourn or question, well that says it was!

    Now I will trust God to remove the giants that stay before us as HE leads us into the Promise Land He has provided....I am not even going to try to guess what it will look like....well lets say, maybe I am already there and just need to blow my trumpet in VICTORY and let go of my wilderness thinking!!!

    Sorry I went on too long!!!

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  17. This is a true and wonderful
    word for us today, Debbie.
    Oh, how I enjoyed it. We have
    to go through the wilderness
    experiences to get closer to
    Him. I know this is true.
    Love,
    Sandy

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  18. Debbie- I really like the "in between time" insight. Whether it is in between appointment and diagnosis, making an offer and house closing, turning in the paper and receiving the test grade; we spend a lot of our lives in between one thing and the next. Isn't it wonderful that God always knows what comes next?
    God bless you ...Marsha Y. @
    http://spotsand wrinkles.blogspot.com/

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  19. I am doing the Beth Moore study on the tabernacle. It talks about the things you were talking about. I have been more aware of the things I tend to grumble about. The Lord is really showing me what He has done in the past, and how He wants me to be totally dependent on Him today and in the future. It is so easy for me to forget. I need to constantly be reminded over and over again. You have been an inspiration to many of us as you deal with so many difficult circumstances.
    Sue

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  20. A good and Godly heart-teaching... to live in today. I'm learning, sister, alongside you the beauty of a single moment... the beauty of a simple trust.

    We must believe God and that he will do what he says he will do. He is FOR us, and he is already routing the enemy and planting sacred goodness in a new place of his choosing. When we arrive there, we won't have to ask any questions.

    Just receive it all in faith and with thankfulness.

    I know he holds your tomorrow. Mine as well. Let's just live today like we mean it.

    peace~elaine

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  21. Wow. It is amazing how our thoughts surround the same things so often! I have been trying to focus on what God is doing today rather than dwelling on the past. Sometimes that can be difficult, but I know that if I stay "back there", I'll miss out on the blessings of today. Thank you for the great reminder, Debbie.

    Through Christ's love, Joan

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  22. Hi Debbie, I love this post because I have found lately that I have to TRUST in Him for so much and like you I know that I need to focus on today, not yesterday and not tomorrow. Blessings to you sweet friend. Please feel free to let me know how to uphold you!!!!
    Hugs, Noreen

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  23. Blessings Debbie...Your "Egypt" looks so beautiful, helps me to really understand this! Hold on, there's a Promised Land coming!

    This was such a wonderful choice and you truly wrote beautifully with some very powerful lessons, though it might have been easier to learn them without the "wilderness" and suffering. I don't think that you have missed out on one "today"
    because of who you are and who He is! You have achieved much and you have stayed the race.

    I've never done an IOWT, and I'm a bit intimidated after venturing out and reading what you all have written since I posted mine. I had read yours and Denise's that both inspired me to give it a try but as you hopefully will see that is not the only thing that pushed me into joining in...

    Each one of the links have been bookmarked by me. What a wonderful group of writers you all are. I guess that's why Writing Canvas is there... you all seem like aspiring writers! (sigh) bit much for simple me... but I so enjoyed yours and Denise's so I had to try.

    Love(hug)
    Peggy

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  24. Enjoyed your post so much. I'm late getting mine up but I typed something tonight before I head to bed.

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  25. A grumbling and complaining spirit is what the rest of the world is doing...

    This quote you shared with us so true- a complaining spirit is a manifestation of lack of trust.

    You write from your own life experience, Debbie. In many ways, what you wrote on this post is something I also needed to learn in the past, and I'm still learning it at another level.

    Journeying with you in this season...
    Lidj

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  26. I had a DOUBLE blessing today Debbie, since I am just now getting to comment. It let me read all of the above comments, and it makes this posting extra sweet.
    Elaine, in the middle of her trust journey, you, Janette, and probably each one of us in one way or another. It never stops... we ALWAYS need to KNOW that He is God, and He has us covered!!... and He does! :)

    This was rich!

    Love you sis!

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  27. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. Reading this was timely for me.

    God Bless you!

    In Christ,

    Melissa

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  28. It can be easy to "look back at what I lost" but I do not want to get stuck in that place. It can be so easy to murmur just like the Israelites did but I ask the Lord for strength to be content in HIM knowing that His grace is sufficient!

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  29. They say "experience talks", and certainly yours does. I know how difficult this leg of your journey has been; yet I also know how faithful you've been in it! Even here ... and now ... you give hope and inspiration to those that either have, or will follow you into that desert.

    God love you, girl; I sure do!

    Kathleen

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  30. Wonderful quote and wonderful post, Debbie!

    Thank you for sharing!

    HE IS FAITHFUL!

    Love and Hugs!
    Jackie

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  31. Debbie, I see your footprints everywhere I go so I decided to come visit. I found this post and it hit me right in the heart of things. my season mirrors yours in many ways. This was timely. The Lord wanted me to see and HEAR this today. I've copied the quote so that I can journal about it.

    thank you. I joined you today. Love your heart - love your footprints!

    Just walk...it will be OK

    Patrina <")>><
    warrior bride in boots

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