trust: trusting in God to show us the way to live and love

We are greatly blessed and excited to have poet and blogger Gayl Wright as a new member of the Beloved Prodigal writing team. In her first post here she shares about what she has learnt about trusting God with her family…

My prayer is and always has been that my children would love God and want to follow Him. God has given me a large family of seven kids and now fourteen grandchildren. Along the way we have had other young people in our home who would live with us for a time. Some of these were exchange students from other countries. It was a privilege for us to be able to share our lives with them and include them in our family activities.

When our children were growing up we taught them what we knew about God and life. We read the Bible, prayed, and as they got older had many times of discussion. We tried to live by example, but I know we failed many times. Even so, God is faithful to forgive.

Sometimes we needed to apologize to our children.

Now my kids are grown, some with families of their own, some still at home. I can’t control them or live their lives for them. My role as a mother is to love them, pray, and leave them in God’s hands. They are all on their own journeys as are we. Some are grounded and seem solid in their faith in God. Others are in different places even to the point of turning away from God.

None of us does everything right, and there is room for a lot of grace in our lives.

God doesn’t ask us to change people. In fact it’s impossible for us. Our responsibility is to be obedient and spread His love. That doesn’t mean we excuse sin. It does mean we trust God with our lives and our loved ones. There is no greater love than the love of God.

I am close to all of my children, and they know that no matter where they are or what they do they are loved. Even in difficult times I have found that love is very powerful and helps in keeping lines of communication open. My children and I do not agree on everything, but we do make it a point to keep in touch and to show love in action.

God Is In Control

It’s not always easy to realize we can’t control everything, but it’s freeing when we realize we don’t have to. God knows all and is much better qualified to be the one in that position. After all, He is our Creator.

When we worry we show a lack of trust. Not only that, but it takes a toll on our own lives.

How much better to trust and have a sense of peace, knowing that God is faithful! I must confess that I don’t always do this right away. Sometimes in the moment I forget and start to worry. Even when I am trusting, my body sometimes reacts anyway with a lot of tightness in my neck. It’s as if I think I have to carry the burdens of the world on my shoulders.

Peace for those who Trust in Christ

Sometimes my sons are out late and there is a tendency to start to worry about when they will get home. I’ve had talks with them and I know they love God and want to follow his leading. So when the temptation comes to worry rather than trust, I will pray instead. I’m reminded that God loves them more than I do and is working in their lives. Then I am able to go to sleep in peace trusting that He will care for them.

To me it is thrilling to see God at work and to live my life trusting completely in Him no matter what happens each day. He has truly given me the capacity to love and reach out to those He brings across my path. Whether our kids or friends or strangers, everyone needs to be treated with respect. We need to accept them for who they are and where they are on their journeys.

Build Our Own Relationship with God

Instead of pointing fingers we can continue to address our own shortcomings and build our relationship with God. Only God can change hearts, but we can share His love. We can each do our part in obedience to our Lord, asking Him to help us every day.

“Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” ~ Micah 6:8 (CSB)

I want to leave you with a prayer/poem from my heart for all who are burdened for loved ones trying to find their way.

May Love Show the Way

Down a hole they seem to fall
So dark they cannot see
They think they are flying
It’s such a mystery

On and on they travel
Eyes blind to what is true
As their lives unravel
They know not what to do

We will always love them
No matter where they go
We can do no other
It’s how we hold them close

Our hearts break wide open
With tears we plead and pray
Lord, your love has spoken
Please help them find their way

___Gayl for Beloved Prodigal___ you can read her bio here

We’re linking up with #LMM and #graceandtruth

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  1. Dear Gayl, it is so lovely to see you join Beloved Prodigal. What a gift from God you are. Thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement here. Yesterday, I was listening to a sermon that focused on this Scripture:

    Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, Jude 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

    And reading your piece I see you putting this into practice. Thank you for pointing us to our One true Hope. It was so lovely to hear your voice too.

    I never thought I was flying. I wonder though if my Mum believed the same of me in those years my heart stayed locked shut. That I thought I was flying. She could have. I often think about the wall I felt between myself and believers. And just how incredible it was when God broke through and pulled my blindfold off to bring me Home. There’s so much even we, the Prodigals returned, do not understand about our journey. When I came back to faith I couldn’t understand how I’d become so blind. God’s slowly been answering my prayers for revelation piece by piece. I now understand more than ever the truth of this Scripture:

    For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

    The song you posted brought tears to my eyes.

    It makes me think of a Scripture I was reading yesterday:

    Jeremiah 5:22
    ‘Do you not fear Me?’ declares the LORD ‘Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.

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    1. Anna, thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and encouragement. Those scriptures are so encouraging, too. I’m not sure flying is the right word, but it’s what came to mind when I wrote the poem. It probably wouldn’t fit every situation, and I thank you for pointing that out. Thanks also for your warm welcome to Beloved Prodigal. I’m so blessed to know you and call you my friend. Much love to you with many blessings! xoxo

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  2. Dear Gayl,
    Oh, I am so thankful that the Lord has called you alongside as part of the team here at Beloved Prodigal! What a blessing to be able to encourage each other to keep having the Hope of Jesus. Your poem and your photos are so lovely, pointing us to see how the Love of God is the only thing that holds us in Him. His love truly is so steadfast, even when we might not feel it. But isn’t it so good, when He touches us again with His hope to believe Him! Thank you for your precious words lifting up our eyes toward Him. Love and Hugs my dear sister! xo

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    1. Dear Bettie, I am happy, too, to join you here. And, yes, God’s love is truly steadfast and He gives us much hope. Love and hugs and blessings to you dear sister! xoxo

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  3. Gayl, Beautifully written words here that spoke to my heart. Thank you for sharing from your own heart what the Lord has taught you about loving and letting go, trusting and failing, and about the God who forgives and shows us how to love well.

    Blessings,

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    1. Karen, thank you so much for your encouraging words. I love how God teaches us and then encourages us to share our lives with others. In that way we can be encouragements to each other. Blessings to you!

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  4. “Instead of pointing fingers we can continue to address our own shortcomings and build our relationship with God. Only God can change hearts, but we can share His love. We can each do our part in obedience to our Lord, asking Him to help us every day.”
    Gayl, I am so encouraged by your post today. Thank you for sharing your heart and your experience as a mother of children who are all unique in design. We all walk through life at a different pace don’t we?

    When my sons were younger I would always correct them with, “You worry about you!” One day I heard inside of me, the Spirit of God whisper to me, “Lisa, My daughter, you worry about you…” I get it. I don’t always obey, but I get it. =)

    Bless you, Gayl, with encouragement in abundance as you have encouraged my heart today!
    Eyes on Jesus together… we’re shining!
    ~Lisa

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    1. Lisa, thank you so much. I’m glad you were encouraged. I’m thankful we can share our lives with others in hopes to encourage and point to Jesus. Our experiences may be different, but we can learn from each other if we are willing to share. And you’re right “Eyes on Jesus together…we’re shining!” Amen. Blessing to you!

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Lisa. Yes, sometimes we think we need to take things into our own hands, but it’s so much better to trust in the goodness and faithfulness of God, even if it seems like He isn’t there at times. 🙂 Blessings to you!

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  5. Amen! It’s so difficult to remember that our kids are people with their own path to Jesus. We can get them started when they are young, but their paths are not our paths. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Yes, it is hard to let go sometimes, but we have to remember that we can’t live life for them. But we can trust God to work in their lives. And yes, their paths are not necessarily our paths. Blessings to you! Thanks so much for your comments and encouragement.

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  6. I can relate to you in this post, thank you for the reminder & I agree we cannot control others including our adult children’s lives.

    We just have to rest & trust in the Lord that He will continue to work in their lives & bring them into that right relationship with Him.

    You’re most welcome to drop by for a cup of inspiration anytime!
    Jennifer

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  7. Dear Gayl, it’s a joy to welcome you to the Beloved Prodigal team. We’re so blessed to have you join us! Thank you for this beautiful offering that touches on important aspects of faith, love, parenting and trust. Worry seems to come naturally to us, especially when bringing up our children. It’s wise advice indeed to prayerfully release them into God’s hands, although letting go can be hard for us to do. What an added pleasure to hear your sweet voice reading out your lovely poem and radiating the warmth and grace we already witness in your face! Blessings, love and hugs to you! xo 💜

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    1. Dear Joy, Thanks so much for your warm welcome and all your hard work getting the post ready.I count it a blessing to be working with you and the rest of the Beloved Prodigal team. I’m glad you enjoyed my reading of the poem. Thank you for your sweet encouragement. Blessings, love and hugs right back to you! xoxo

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  8. Dear Gayl, what a lovely and timely post; I needed the reminder I don’t need to bear the burden of trying to change anyone. I can’t, and only God can. Prayer is the best burden because it’s our calling.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    1. Dear Wendy, I need to remind myself often that it’s not my job to change anyone. Yes, prayer is the best burden and it’s where we give our burdens to Christ. Blessings to you! Thanks for you encouragement.

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