Sunday, January 13, 2008

Trusting the Lord

I can't tell you much right now, except that this is a season of my life when I feel especially strongly how we need to put our trust in God, and God alone. He is the only One Who will determine our fate. Not our own feeble attempts to make things "right". Not other men's ideas of right and wrong. God alone.

I pray for my heart to be emptied of fear of men. Even the greatest men are still men. Nothing a man tells me can or should hurt me.

Those of you who are regular readers know I don't complain often; I'm not the type of person to ask for sympathy. But now I will tell you that I'm going through a very difficult, very challenging period, full of trials and struggles. It's a real challenge at times to keep my eyes on the Lord and know that no matter what happens, it will come from Him.

27 comments:

Rebekah S. said...

Amen, dear Anna!! HE alone is the absolute only One who is ever completely trustworthy. He has abundantly wonderful plans for our lives-far better than we could ever plan for or dream about ourselves.

Cling to Him, Anna! Rest in His arms of love, knowing that He will take care of you always and that He has a wonderful plan for your life! :)

Love in Him,
Rebekah

Sarah said...

I'll keep you in my prayers.
Many blessings Anna.

not a christian said...

Anna,

I wish you the best throughout your struggles, whatever they may be. Despite areas of disagreement, I admire your strength and faith. This post, in and of itself, shows that you understand the importance of faith in Hashem, and even if you cannot altogether prevent fears and doubts from entering your mind (we are all only human after all), I have confidence that ultimately you will act in ways that honor Hashem and are in accordance with Torah. Best wishes, and I hope the support of your readers will be of some comfort to you.

PhDCow said...

I admire the strength of your faith, Anna, and I know it will get you through this difficult period!

- Angela

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you, dear Anna!

Brenda

neuropoet3 said...

Anna, I wish I could offer you some encouragement! All I can tell you is what you already know - God will come through - and He will guide you in what is best for you.

I will pray for you!
May peace be with you,
Jenny

Lauren Christine said...

May God be your Strength, your Guide, your Comfort, your Rock, and your Friend. I pray you will find His everlasting comfort and His peace in this hard time!

Hugs and Blessings,
Lauren Christine

Serena said...

I'm praying for you, Anna! May you find peace in Him, the only One who CAN give us peace.
Much love,
Serena

Beverly said...

(( hug )) You have been and continue to be a source of inspiration, and I will be praying for you in your time of trials.

I hope things smooth out soon for you. Keep the faith! And know that GOD will always stand by you and continue to walk with you, even in your darkest hours.

Lara said...

Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, dear Anna. You are not alone.

Hugs,
Lara

Lara said...

Anna--
I found these quotes a while ago on Lanier's Books (http://www.laniersbooks.com/) and thought they might speak to you right now. They helped me though a rough time a few months ago:
Lanier's Books.

“The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us very far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

"God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way…The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you."
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
They will run and not be weary,
They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40: 30, 31

Mrs Amy said...

Know that I am praying for you. He knows what is best for you and He alone can and will sustain you through every trial.
You are loved and vauled!

Rest in Him
Love Amy

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,
Don’t let man interfere with your trust in God. I know how hard this is since I often have a very hard time with it. Anxiousness over a certain person very close to me often overpowers every trust and serenity in God. Don’t let anyone spoil the good for you that is only found in God.
You are in my prayers.
Greetings from Germany
Beatrice

PS. I am reading your blog for two months now and I enjoy it very much.

Liedeke said...

Dear Anna, your trials will pass. And then tey'll probably be followed by new ones... Still, you've found your strength. You know your challenge and you're willing to face it. I wish you confidence and courage,

~Liedeke

Coffee Catholic said...

You have my prayers, Anna!!!

May God bless you and guide you and may He also give you the strength to hang on tight!!

God bless!

Michelle

Jeannine said...

Praying for you!

Buffy said...

You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this challenging time. I hope the light will break through very soon.

deb said...

this is something that I have been thinking about lately. My oldest son is away and in school and I worry about him SO much. I was praying the other day that he would do well in school. Then I stopped and thought but what if that isn't God's will for him. What if God has a different plan for him and doing poorly now would help open his eyes to God's plan. So I changed my prayers to one of asking that God's will be done in my son's life.

I hope that you come through your dark times safe and sound. You have a lot of people who will pray for you. :)

Anna S said...

Thank you, dear ones. I just wrote these incoherent lines to take some of the heaviness off my heart; maybe this should have been written even in my private diary and not my blog. But you are all so supportive! I appreciate it. Maybe as things progress I can give you more details.

tales_from_the_crib said...

prayers and hugses too!

maria said...

Just yesterday I was reading about Franz Jäggerstätter ("In Solitary Witness"), a catholic Austrian peasant who refused to serve under Hitler and even to pay taxes because he thought that went against his christian beliefs and ended up beheaded at the age of 36, leaving behind his wife and three young daughters. As I read your post I just remembered for some reason what I had read about this man and thought I would tell you about it. Anyway, I'll keep you in my prayers, Anna.

Jennifer said...

I also will be keeping you in my prayers Anna!

Lily said...

Prayers, Anna, it is normal to have periods of your life where faith and spirituality are a challenge. There has been much written on this, so I am sure you are aware of this being normal, but it is at the times when we are the most challenged in our lives that it is the most important to hold on tight and keep your faith and prayer life alive. God bless,
~Lily

Mrs. Brigham said...

Much love is being sent your way my friend. *hugs*

Jennifer K said...

Dear Anna-I am so sorry you are going through a difficult time. Though I may disagree with you on many topics, I find you one of the most intelligent, articulate and thougtful people I have come across on the Internet.

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Dear Anna,

Remember the words of the Psalmist in 28:7 "HaShem is my strength and my shield" (Christian Bibles say The LORD is my strength and my shield). Whatever your translation, the meaning is the same, He will strengthen you and protect you from all evil, lean now on Him.

Nobody can take the peace that God give you away regardless of what they may be doing.

Karen said...

*prayers and hugs* Hang in there. Life is like a roller coaster, full of ups and downs but the fun times are always just around the corner.