Sep 29 2017

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Depending on my understanding or trusting in his

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is depend.

dependDepending on my understanding or trusting in his


Proverbs 3:5

“H-o-r-s-e is plural.”

“No, it’s not,” I replied.

“It is,” she said exasperatedly. She knew she was right.

I knew she was wrong and corrected her with a final, “I know.”

She gave in, but it was hard.

I know how that is too. God tells me what is right, and I argue. To him, I’m a child. He’s patient with me. But in the midst of my know-it-all moment, I struggle to trust in his ways.

Really? You want me too…? I question. When I’m in my right mind and stop depending on my own way and accept I don’t know everything, he freely gives wisdom and guidance.

I’m dealing with harder issues than spelling horses. But the wrestling match of trusting him over what makes sense to me gets me time and again.


If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

James 1:5

Trusting the Lord is not turning off your brain

The Bible doesn’t encourage ignorance. Instead, God encourages the pursuit of both knowledge and wisdom. With knowledge, there’s the temptation to think we know more than we can possibly know. We all have blind spots. None can see the full picture. It’s in those places that extend past our ability to know, we trust God. When we do, there’s a promise for us:

Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:6

What do you need to trust the Lord for today? How is depending on your own understanding keeping you from trusting?

Will you take time to seek God?


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  1. Kath

    This is so much a word in season for me!! I have spent most of the day arguing with Him about various things, while arguing with a 4yo about her messy room. Not a lot of difference between us, sadly. So much to mine here. Thanks.

    1. Cheryl

      God is teaching me so much about myself through my parenting. More than once have my instructions to my children come out of my mouth and become an instrument for God to speak to my heart. “That’s for you, too,” he presses.

      Thank you for visiting.

  2. aliel

    Thank you for this excellent reminder. I am currently in a place where I definitely need to be looking unto His wisdom and not trusting in my own. It is such an ingrained habit to go on my own instincts, but I know the greater blessing is for those who wait first for His word in the morning and listen for His voice throughout the day’s journey.

    1. Cheryl

      I’m in the same place, except it’s clear to me that I’m out of my depth.

      May you gain God’s wisdom this week as you seek him.

  3. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    “Trusting the Lord is not tuning off your brain.”

    So true! But there are times, I admit, when I wish I could turn off the brain and ‘let George do it.’

    But God’s name probably isn’t George. Sigh.

    And even worse, George is what my wife calls me. So the beat goes on, and the brain stays on.


    #1 at FMF this week.


    1. Cheryl

      You always seem to make me smile. But I hear you on that. I wish it too. Sometimes my brain hurts.

      Blessings to you, Andrew. I appreciate all that you can do with that brain of yours.

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