Simple Trust

Hello ladies! I don’t know about you, but I find myself more anxious for summer to start than my kids sometimes. I’m sure there will come the time when I’m ready for school to start, but for now I’m looking forward to some fun times in the summer with my kids!

I live such a blessed life: a wonderful and supportive family, a great church, incredible husband and kids.

Hard times? Yep. Struggles I’m not sure I’ll make it out of? Check. Crazy thoughts? For sure. Wondering if we have enough to pay out for the cash part of life? Right again. But you know what else? God’s got this thing called my life, and even better, it doesn’t intimidate Him. I had a college professor one time tell me that God doesn’t get knocked off His throne from the things that I go through. And you will NEVER hear Him say, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming!”

Isn’t that incredibly securing to our hearts that cry out for security in so many places? And maybe that’s the thing- maybe I’m trying to find security in the circumstance and not the Savior. Maybe I just want the comfort of knowing that the circumstance is stable and okay. But that’s not what presses me in to finding and searching Him out many times. He knows that, He knows me- humans. He wants me to come to a resting place, that I may not have any clue what is happening or how it’s going to work out, but I know who has me, and that’s enough!

At some point in life, every human will come to a place in life where it is bigger than us, where we are not enough, where we need someone greater to help and to lean on, and maybe even to just straight up hold all of us, and that’s okay!

I’ve been in the rough season of life, where it feels like I’m contending for so many things that I shouldn’t have to be contending for. I have had so much God encouragement lately, from sources that have no clue what I’m going through. Encouragement that reminds me that God uses the confusion, he uses those that we call enemies to press into Him, to turn to Him, to dig deeper than just ourselves.

There, we are able to have and hold on to the kind of relationship that we were really created to have with our Creator. He knows us ladies! He knows that we need Him, and that’s a good thing!

What is confusing you? What has got you down? What are you dreading? What do you fear? Who

causes you to stumble? Let it press you into God, don’t give up. God is working!

God, I thank you for how well you know me, and for being a good Father. You allow things to press me, so that I will turn to you, so that I will press in to you. God, many times my relationship with You gets deeper when I’m in the confusing times, the despair times, the “valley” that David talks about in Psalms.

That’s when I find out how truly amazing, dependable, providing, all-sufficient, emotionally understanding, and foundational you are for me. Thank you! I WILL worship you in the midst of my questions and my undependable emotional roller coasters. I WILL find strength and security in you, as I press in and trust You! Thank you for the trials, for they make me into what you want me to be!

Romans 8:28– “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Psalms 23- “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me ALL the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Karissa Nelson

Karissa has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear, but on top of that talent and gift God has given her, she is a mother to three beautiful children and a helpmate to her husband, Shane. Together they raise their family and minister in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where Karissa grew up. Her passion for worship and family surround her daily. Isaiah 30:15, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Is repentance and rest in your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength'” (NIV).

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