Stop Trying, Start Trusting

These words impacted my heart on Sunday at church.

It was our first time meeting in person for over a year. For the last 54 weeks, church was online.

As a single mom, online church was very lonely.  My heart had deeply missed worshipping and meeting with others, so this first week back was so special in many ways.

First, worship was incredible, and my eyes teared up as I loudly sang WayMaker with my hands in the air.

Second, Pastor Rick’s words were an answer to my prayer. I had been asking for wisdom on God’s Timing.

His words, “Stop Trying, Start Trusting” were exactly what I needed to hear.

Maybe you need to hear these words too.  

In Habakkuk 2:3, it says, “At the appointed time that I have decided, everything I’ve planned will happen. You can trust what I say about the future, but it won’t happen all at once. In may seem that it’s taking a long time, but be patient and keep on waiting, because the vision will surely happen.”

Friend, God’s Timing is always perfect.

It is never rushed and is usually slower than what we would want.  However, it is always perfect for the plans He has for us!

Pastor Rick also said, “Delay is for a purpose of a bigger miracle.”

This statement really resonated with me. What if God’s delay is because He has bigger plans and a bigger miracle for your life?  

I don’t know about you, but I want to learn to wait well. If I am honest, this is a huge struggle for me.

Today, I pray that God will help both you and me wait well!  I am praying that we can stop trying and start trusting that God has a plan and in His perfect timing, it will come to fruition.

Love, Jodi

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A Special Surprise

I could not believe my eyes.

Have you ever been surprised by God? You were just doing your daily routine, and then God gives you a little nugget of truth or a special gift. It could be through the words of a friend or the book you are reading. Or it could be an actual present that just makes you stand there in awe of Him.

Last week, I found another surprise as I was shopping with my parents. Sitting by the register, this tree just captivated me.

I stood there completely in awe of God.

Trees are significant to me.  As I walked through my own storm, God has used the symbol of a tree to remind me about the importance of DEPTH and growing deep roots in my faith.

This is why this picture was such a special surprise to me that morning and now hangs above my desk. But there was more to the surprise.

The timing was special too. You see, this past week, I was working with a designer to create my first logo: a tree with deep roots that incorporated my name.

So, you can imagine my surprise when my dad said, “This tree reminds me of your new logo.” I was surprised just how similar the trees looked too!

Friend, I am so excited to share this new logo with you! 

As I stared at the details in this logo, I was once again in awe of God!

The deep roots are so important for the life of a tree as well as for your life and mine! Deep roots help a tree withstand a storm, but they also allow the tree to grow to new heights! Sometimes God is growing us down first because He has plans to take us up higher than we could ever imagine!

This tree has beautiful green leaves as well as blue fruit!  Being fruitful is a sign of a healthy tree! For a Christian, seeing the Fruits of the Spirit is a sign we are growing and maturing!

Friend, I want you and me to be like this tree!

I want us to have Depth! I want us to be Fruitful! I want us to be healthy physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally and spiritually!

I am so thankful for this special surprise this week, and I pray it can help remind us to daily depend on God’s Strength as He grows our roots deeper and helps us bear fruit!

Love, Jodi

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