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Guided By Trust // Share The Brew with Kathryn Shirey

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I met my next Share The Brew featured writer when she linked up to The Weekend Brew. I’ve gotten to know her through her writing and she writes about faith and family and encourages others along in their journey. Be sure to stop by Kathryn’s blog and have a look around.

Trust God

The words keep rolling around and around in my head. Words I can’t shake. Words that stir my heart. Words that at the same time give me courage and hope, yet also make me wonder if I have that kind of faith. Words that call me to dig deep and TRUST GOD.

Call it a reason to retreat
I got some dreams that are bigger than me
I might be outmatched, outsized, the underdog in the fight of my life
Is it so crazy to believe
That You gave me the stars, put them out of my reach
Called me to waters a little too deep
(“Beyond Me”, by Toby Mac)

The underdog in the fight of my life and I’m totally outmatched. Am I worthy to dream the dreams I feel God placing on my heart? Do I have any business imagining something different? How can this improbable dream ever become reality?

Several years ago, I began to pray, “Where do you want me, God?” The words came out much bigger than the question in my mind. I was really wondering where to volunteer next and how I should get more involved at church or in the community. Yet this bigger, more open-ended question formed on my heart and I began to pray it earnestly over that summer.

God took my small thoughts and replied with a big answer.

One night as I rocked my little one to sleep, God responded, saying, “I’ve placed you in your corporate job to build your skills, but now it’s time to go to work for Me.” Whoa… Wait just a minute, God… That wasn’t what I was asking at all… What does this mean…

So, I’m in a season of learning to trust God; learning to trust that He has a bigger plan for my life and the power to make it happen. Trust that even when I don’t feel capable for where He’s calling me, He’ll provide and equip. I’m not sure exactly where He’s calling me or what this future looks like, but I do know He’s at work reconfiguring the pieces of my life.

Some days the thought of something new excites me and I can’t wait to get there. Other days it’s all I can do to keep from falling into worry and fear about what the future holds and how I’ll manage. Through it all, though, I’m learning to TRUST.

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Trust takes faith to the next level. Trust calls us to step into God and allow Him to carry us forward. Trust is believing God can call us to waters a little too deep, yet will equip us to swim – maybe even walk on those waters.

Where is God calling you and how are you placing your trust in Him?

I’ve been able to keep stepping forward into this call by grounding myself in these three promises:

TRUST… God has a better plan for our future than we could ever imagine on our own.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

TRUST… God doesn’t call us to the “easy,” but to the “beyond ourselves” where we have to rely on His provision.

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

TRUST… Nothing is too big for God to handle.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:26-27)

In what ways will you place your TRUST in God today? Where is He calling you that feels way beyond you? TRUST and keep stepping forward with God.

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)

KathrynShirey_circleKathryn had something awesome happen when she asked God for guidance on where He wanted her to serve. He didn’t answer as she expected, but that sent her on a journey of discovery. She’s not sure where God’s taking her or what it will mean to “go to work for God”, but she is committed to finding out! Kathryn writes about her faith journey, growing closer to God and God’s vision for our lives on her blog, Finding Hope. We all need encouragement in this walk of faith. It’s not always an easy or comfortable road. Kathryn writes about encouraging each other as we go through difficult times, celebrating the victories, being intentional about our faith and inspiring others to seek a personal relationship with God. You can connect with Kathryn at her blog, on Facebook, or Twitter.

 

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9 Comments

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    Shannan Williams
    May 6, 2015 at 2:34 am

    This is a really good message on trust. Thanks for sharing this= with us.
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      Kathryn Shirey
      May 7, 2015 at 2:16 am

      Thanks, Shannan! It’s definitely been a growth area for me to hand over my trust to God, but it’s been SO worth it. It’s comforting and encouraging to remind myself, “God’s got this.”
      Kathryn Shirey recently posted..Guided By Trust

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    June
    May 6, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Sometimes His lamp illuminates the path before us, one step at a time. That’s where I am in this Faith walk, Kathryn. Trusting in His word, those three promises you mentioned, and beyond. Great message!
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      Kathryn Shirey
      May 7, 2015 at 2:10 am

      June – you’re so right – some days the path before me is completely shrouded in darkness, and then He’ll begin to barely illuminate one step at a time. As much as I want the whole roadmap with turn-by-turn navigation, God’s way is to provide that lamplight – just the step we need to take, when we need to take it.
      Kathryn Shirey recently posted..Guided By Trust

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    Beth Willis miller
    May 7, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Kathryn, I love this post! My #OneWord365 this year is “trusting”…resting in His everlasting arms knowing that He did call me from my corporate job to serve Him all day every day …as unto the Lord…one day at a time…He is in control healing me from the inside out ❤️
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      Kathryn Shirey
      May 8, 2015 at 3:08 am

      I can’t wait to see where He’s leading me, but it’s also scary to think about a radical career change – whether that’s while I’m still in my corporate job or if it means doing something entirely different. Encouraging to know you’ve been on a similar journey. Just trying to trust day by day and live into whatever path He lays out before me.
      Kathryn Shirey recently posted..Guided By Trust

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    Linda@Creekside
    May 7, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Yes, yes, to trusting our Savior. Even and especially when the path ahead seems most uncertain and unknown.

    He lights the way, doesn’t He …

    Bless you, lovely lady … and ‘hi,’ Barbie!

    ;-}
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      Kathryn Shirey
      May 8, 2015 at 3:09 am

      Trusting when the path is dark is definitely faith-building, but how amazing when He illuminates a step and some piece of the journey begins to make sense.
      Kathryn Shirey recently posted..Guided By Trust

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    Ginger Harrington
    May 8, 2015 at 4:40 am

    So blessed by the verses you share on trusting God. What an exciting adventure!
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