Today I am excited to have my dear friend Starla here to share some encouragement for anyone walking through a difficult season of life. I have watched her cling to God during her own trials and I am honored she is sharing part of her story here.
“This is building up your faith and trust in the Lord.”
These phrases mixed with others got thrown around as I shared my struggles with other Christian women. My heart and strength were crushed and I was looking for a Titus 2 woman to give me advice and mentor me.
Three years have gone by.
I now sit at my kitchen table in my apartment. The sun shines through the window, sharing it’s light and warmth across my shoulder, arms and table. It’s cold outside, so I welcome it’s rays of sunshiny warmth like being wrapped in a cozy blanket.
I long for Spring. A change in the season means warmer days, trees budding with new life, colorful red and blue birds singing their cheerful melodies and I ache for a newness to spring up in me too.
It’s been three years, but I sense a change coming. I can’t put my finger on it, but it feels like Spring. I’m thankful for changes in the seasons, because it reminds me that there is a season for everything. Seasons come and go. This dark season in my life has an end. A new season of growth, healing and God’s glory is coming. Soon.
This season of winter, I’m done with it. It carried me farther than I wanted to go, deeper than I’ve ever been, and hurt more than I have words to express. But it didn’t destroy me. I feel it distracts me from what I wanted to be doing during this time of my life.
Or maybe, God had me walk through this to make me be still in Him. Refocusing. Lifting my eyes to His Glory, allowing Him to shine His light and love on me, like the sun warming my kitchen.
God brought the right women into my life at the exact time I needed it. He perfectly orchestrated these friendships. And I couldn’t be more grateful.
I’ve learned about faith and trust. And how it’s a moment by moment event. Always active or it doesn’t exist.
Stepping out in faith, peeking my head out from under the blanket. Tired. Exhausted really. But If I didn’t reach out in faith to grab onto God’s Hand, this heavy black blanket would suffocate me.
What does Faith and Trust look like?
For me, it looked like
- A tear stained face, seeking God’s Word for hope
- Memorizing scripture
- Preaching to my heart what I knew in my head
- Preaching till my heart knew without a shadow of a doubt
- Telling myself over and over again what God’s truth says
- Realizing feelings are not facts
- Worshipping when I didn’t feel like it
Building up your faith and trust, like I mentioned above, is a moment to moment event. You can’t let go. And the more we practice it the easier it gets.
Whatever you may be going through in this season of your life, building up your faith and trust in the Lord will get you through.
Like a life jacket, you cling to these verses, during the storms of life. And as your faith grows, it will lead you to trust.
Bible Verses to Help Build Faith and Trust
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV
“Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.” Isaiah 66:1-2 NKJV
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18 ESV
“And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.” Zechariah 2:5 ESV
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15 KJV
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
“that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19
Next time you are walking through a hard season in life or perhaps you are just seeking to learn and grow in the Lord. I hope you what I’ve learned and shared with you resonate deep within your heart to stir you to seek God, surrender to Him, memorize scripture and preach it to your heart.
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Starla Jimenez is a mother of two kiddos. She writes to encourage women in an ever deepening relationship with the Lord. You’ll more than likely find her reading a good book, drinking coffee or being silly with her kids. She is a virtual assistant and writer. You can find her on her blog, Facebook, FB Group, Instagram, and Pinterest. Be sure to check out her FREE printable Gratitude and Prayer Journal.