Thursday, March 22, 2012

15 Minutes...

I received a smidgeon of bad news today.  Just a smidgeon.  Some people wouldn’t even consider it bad news, but to me, it wasn’t good news.   So, therefore, it must be bad news.  Kinda.  Maybe.  
Regardless, I drove to our nearby lake to read and write and enjoy the morning sun.  With those few words of “bad news” still ringing in my ears, I placed my chair onto the grass and could feel the tears beginning to fill my eyes.   Looking around and making sure no one was nearby, I began to cry.  And I told myself, “I’ll give you 15 minutes to cry.  Get it all out.  Because then you’re giving your worries to God.  Where they belong." 
Easier said than done, huh?  But I know better.  
I know better because I do trust God.  And on the road I’ve been on these last two years, I continue to feel His peace.  And I guarantee you, this road would be so uphill it’s not even funny if I didn’t trust in Him.  Occasionally, I slip.  Which I did today.
This morning in Jesus Calling, I read a sentence that I wanted to re-read a few times.  I read each and every word very slowly:
“Trust is the channel through which My Peace flows into you.”   
I actually met a guy today at my son’s baseball game who can back me up on this.  I told him I would be blogging tonight about trust and knowing God's peace.  He then told me his story.  It’s rough.  So rough that, without God in his life, he didn’t know if he could get through it.  But he is.  Is he struggling?  Are some days harder than others?  You bet.  But he does his best to place his trust in God and continues to lean on Him for strength, patience and courage.  And by trusting Him, which he is, he continues to receive God’s blessings.  And His peace.   
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  
Phillipians 4:6-7.  
Transcends all understanding.  
But true.


  1. You are in my thoughts and prayers Ruthie. Sometimes we have to allow ourselves those few minutes and I'm afraid longer on other days. The important thing is that we go back to what we know to be true. We've got to trust that His plan for us is much more than we can ever dream.

  2. Hi Ruthie! I am so sorry for the cloud that has briefly covered your sun. I remember being asked in one of my Bible studies if I was a woman of faith. When I replied, "Of course!" My friend then replied with a wink, "Well good, cause you know you can't be faithful & fearful at the same time" That hit me like a ton of bricks! I know it's hard to trust but it's even harder if we don't. I'm praying for you!

  3. Praying those clouds have been replaced by rainbows today. Rainbows assuring you of God's peace and presence in your life. May the weekend restore you spirit and soul. Hugs!