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If I can trust God for a loft bed, I can trust Him for bigger things, right?!

A lesson in trust I’m still learning –

In a conversation with my daughter, I asked her what would make her happy with her room. Her room has issues – I guess you can say it’s a work in progress. We turned a dining room into a bedroom, so it doesn’t have a closet. At one point her room didn’t have doors. Now it has doors, but still no closet. I dare you to look inside of most tween girls (in America) closet. No thanks! That’s a dare for sure! Closets are the place where little girl meets teen. Pretend dress up shoes next to the first pair of real heels. Dolls and lip gloss share a shelf. Not having a closet leads to lots of piles and corners stuffed with memories. We were brainstorming solutions. One idea was to change her bed into a loft bed. Right in the middle of a normal, everyday conversation something major slipped out of my mouth.

If you want a loft bed, pray for one. Trust God to provide.

I challenged her to pray. Trust.

Then I quickly wanted to forget the whole conversation because I don’t have the energy to redecorate a room right now.

Later that day, my husband heard of the plans and gave me the “what are you guys up to” look. I assured him I wasn’t blowing our budget and that we were just brainstorming. Then it hit me. Why not pray? Why not seriously pray for a bed? Why did I challenge her to pray for something – was I setting her up for excuses and you just must not have prayed hard enough scenarios? Or was I really going to trust and pray along with her?

Those thought lead me straight to my knees. I simply prayed and trusted.

Two days later I went to a garage sale. I wanted four items. I prayed for God to provide. One of those was a loft bed. No bed. So I prayed again.

The next day, someone in our neighborhood listed a loft bed for $5o. Within an hour I knocked on the door. I prayed again and then offered $40. SOLD!

The bed is now in our daughter’s room. Every time I look at the bed, I thank God for his provisions.

Now it’s two days later. My daughter’s desire to serve God overseas is sprouting wings! The opportunity to go on a mission trip fell into our lap! It’s way out of our budget. Not only that, the date of the trip was moved up several weeks. That left us not much time to raise the needed funds. The night the tickets were purchased, I didn’t sleep. How quickly I forgot the trust and provision of the loft bed.

After two days of worry – I fell before God asking for his forgiveness. I wasn’t trusting. My faith was weak. I trust in the easy, non-life changing things – but when it comes to the major stuff, I worry. I often believe for others, but when it comes right down to it, I don’t always trust the good will come to me.

He forgives and makes things new. My faith is stronger and I trust he will provide. Not only that, I have a new expectancy that great things are going to come from this! My excitement builds each day.

I will tell you that a part of me still struggles. Doubts creep in. Fear seeps into my thoughts and dreams. That fear and doubt is not from God.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith 1 Peter 5:7-9

I trust you, Lord, for loft beds and mission trips. Above that, I trust you with my girls – my heart.

Weak faith builds weak bridges. Faith and trust builds a bridge with a strong foundation!

Please pray for us as we stand strong. Read this for more information about the mission trip!

Do any of you have a trust struggle? Encourage each other in the comment section!

The Trust Fall

Have you ever been in the group team building exercise where someone is going to fall and  you have to catch them?

Have you ever had the same thought I did, “Of course they are going to catch me! They won’t just let me fall!”

Time and time again, people stand posed to fall and have friends or co-workers catch them. Time and time again, people are caught.

I’ve often wondered if there were times when people were not caught.

Then I watched this video.

On the Today Show, Matt Lauer called it the “dumbest thing he’s ever seen.”

I think it’s brilliant.

  • How many times do we put our trust in someone who is caught completely off-guard?
  • How often do we place our trust in someone we barely know?
  • Do we end up flat on our backs?

I would love to see that scenario played out again. This time with a warning. If the unsuspecting people were given a sufficient warning, I have a hunch they would catch the falling person.

If you humbly ask for help in a clear way, people, even strangers, will surprise you with their generosity and aid.

But that is not the same as true trust.

Trusting someone who is not faithful when trouble comes
is like a bad tooth or a disabled foot. Proverbs 25:19

Now, let’s look at this a completely different way:

How many times do we set ourselves up, giving someone an opportunity to hold our trust, but in reality, we are setting ourselves up to fall? I see this over and over with teens. They tell their bff not to tell anyone who their crush is, only to be heartbroken when news gets back to them that bff 1 told bff 2 who immediately texted bff 3 who then facebook messaged the teen to tell them what they heard. It’s not just teens… a mom shares her heart with a friend from her Bible Study group, knowing she’s prone to gossip, yet thinking, “since we are in Bible Study group together, what happens in Bible Study stays in Bible Study.” You see where this is going… misplaced trust.

Misplaced Trust = Trust Fall Fail

When you share your heart with a friend, remember there is a friend that will NEVER allow you to fall.

The Lord is the one you will trust in.
He will keep your feet from being caught in a trap.         Proverbs 3:26

Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.     Psalm 9:10

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