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Daily Coffee Break With God #11

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By Brook Ault

Small Things, Big Trust

We’ve all been told to trust in God when were faced with big decisions. Last month, I was having an extremely hard time figuring out what internship to pursue this summer. I was so worried about making the right decision for my future and expanding my knowledge that I failed to rely on the Lord’s guidance to get me where I needed to be. However, after turning to God for direction, I made the decision to work in Michigan as a Christian camp counselor and the peace I felt was overwhelming. Whether it be deciding what college to attend, determining whether or not I should accept that job offer, or declaring a new major, God has proved to me through my 19 years of life that he is the ultimate provider and will guide me through every tough decision I am faced with.

There’s no doubt that big decisions are hard. However, sometimes I think the things that get me the most down are the small, everyday stressors. When you’re late to class, you had no time to shower, it’s pouring rain outside, you step in a puddle in your brand new white shoes, and forget about that homework assignment in physics that was due two days ago, it’s easy to become discouraged. Many of us know that it is important to trust in God when faced with big decisions, and, many of us do turn to God during these times. However, during this stressful finals week, I’ve found that trusting God through the small things is important to. When I feel like I haven’t slept in three days, I’m stressed about that major assignment due in a week, or I haven’t done laundry and my rooms a mess, I have to constantly remind myself to trust God through these times. Just like God guides me through the huge decisions and obstacles in life, he will guide me through these small, everyday frustrations and give me the energy I need to persevere in the midst of a stressful life.

Philippians 4:12-13 says “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” This week, I encourage you to lean into these words of truth. Remember that, while we should trust God with our big life decisions, he is also with us through everything we face in our day to day lives.

Spark up patience today…

By Katherine White

You’ll have no worries if you’re in no hurries. In a society where everyone always seems to be running, under stress, so focused on getting to that next point whatever it may be- spark some patience into the world around you. The best thing you can do is walk slowly in trust and patience through life. Forget that “live fast die young” garbage. Slow and steady wins the race. Trust in the big picture and have calm, peace in your heart getting there along the way.

When you slow down, you begin to understand a lot about things outside of yourself. Nature is still, all around us, and always changing. These changes don’t come in a day however, they come through seasons. Each season, all so unique, holds so much beauty -along with their ever-present downsides. Get out of the rapid, rushing, currents of society. Resist the urge to go with the flow as it pulls you, and be still in God’s refuge. Slow down today, on the day the Lord has created for our rest, and remind yourself to be patient as God’s plan for you unravels in His time. When you trust in God, patience will bloom, and peace will break through into your worried heart.

The freedom that comes with putting your understanding in God, not this world, is transformative peace and calming patience. Notice the things that try to sabotage and steal you from living a patient life. Try having patience today and spot the blessings that come from your choice. Deception is all around, keep your eyes on the truth, the way, and the light.

Peace and blessings.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (NIV)