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{Discovering God} My God wants me to Trust Him.

Written By: Luisa Parish

Our family has been brought into an interesting situation! A few months ago my husband, Corey, received a phone call out of the blue proposing a new ministry position in Southern Ontario. The new position sounded like a perfect fit for our new church and for ourselves. It also came with the added bonus of being closer to our hometown! (Anyone who knows me well will know that I often struggled to be in the North simply because I missed my family so much.)

After much thought and prayer, we decided to take the new job and after a few months we have moved down to Fergus, Ontario. It’s simply the perfect situation for us! Or is it?

Naturally you’d think that I’d be ecstatic over the move – an incredible new town, lots of amazing people, a great ministry position for my husband, and a much closer trip to be with family more often already even!

That would all be amazing if not for one small problem…we’re homeless! We do own a home, of course, but it is about five hours North of us in Sudbury where a very slow moving housing market has held off that coveted “SOLD” sign from our front lawn. Two adults can flow through seasons like this without too much trouble, but when you place our two toddlers into the mix it makes for a very stressful situation hopping from house to house as we wait for our permanent home!

We’ve received an outpouring of love from many people – especially a phenomenal couple who has graciously housed us for the first weeks of our move! – but we still find ourselves floating around and waiting as patiently as we can. Being honest, though, I’ve found myself to be impatient a few times so far as I hurl my questions to God. “Why haven’t You sold our house yet? If You brought us here, why hasn’t the move been made easier?”

Then I recall these words:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

I like to think I know what’s best. What’s best for me, what’s best for my family etc. But I can’t see the bigger picture. I’m not the center of the universe. Things don’t stop because I want them to. He is God and I am not.

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,

to whom belong wisdom and might.

He changes times and seasons;

he removes kings and sets up kings;

he gives wisdom to the wise

and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Daniel 2:20-21

 

He knows what He is doing; He is taking care of every single one of us. He cares for the wellbeing of my children far more than I do. In these moments, I have to let go of the control and trust Him to take care of us, even if it requires waiting and walking blindly.

Consider these words which God spoke to His people when they, too, were in a strange land without a home to call their own:

 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

 

The more I do this bible study (What Do I know about my God? by Mardi Collier, see previous posts) the more excited I get! The more I read the scriptures the better I see and understand God. I have barely scratched the surface but I’ve seen him work and pull through time and time again. Sometimes we just need little reminders here and there that we are not alone. That He truly does love us, want what’s best for us, KNOWS what’s best for us etc. We just let go of the control and trust Him in all areas of our lives.

Whatever season you find yourself in, I encourage you to take this journey with us. Find out who God really is, so that you can develop a genuinely deep and profound relationship with the God of the universe!

Other scriptures to add to the category of My God wants me to trust him

Psalm 56:3-4; Proverbs 3:5-6; 16:20; Isaiah 26:3-4; Jeremiah 17:5-8; 2 Corinthians 1:9

Until Next Time,

~Luisa

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{Discovering God} My God Hears ME!

Written By: Luisa Parish

IMG_2861…I lost my daughter!

It was only for like 2 minutes, but still, it was enough to get my heart racing and sheer panic to well up inside. It was one of those moments when my children decided to tag team me when we were at an outing at the local science center. My son took off in one direction and my daughter in the other. She was close to my friend so I shouted something unintelligible over my shoulder to her and ran after my son. My friend didn’t hear my and by the time I got back Annie was gone.

I started to panic and was franticly calling her name and asking anyone who passed me to look out for a brown haired little girl wearing a green dress and black tights!! With my son on my hip I am running up and downs stairs, through groups of people shouting her name. Tears are welling up as section by section she is nowhere to be found.

As I was coming around the corner and heading towards the k-nex car building center I finally saw her. In the middle of a crowd of people watching the cars race around and around. I called her name still nothing!

Doesn’t she hear me? Isn’t she scared? Finally I get close enough and call her one more time and she looked up and said ‘Oh Hi momma, come and see!”

Seriously??? I was scared out of my mind and here she was calm and simply enjoying the race. Sometimes I feel the same way about God. When I go through a particularly hard time in life I frantically shout out to Him ‘God where are you?? Do you even hear me? Do you even care?’

As I started this bible study, one of the major themes that stood out to me right off the bat was the fact that God does indeed hear us. Starting in the Psalms I have found multiple verses that support that

Psalm 3:4 (ESV) “I cried aloud to the Lord, and He answered me from his Holy hill.”  

Psalm 4:3 (ESV) “But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.”

Psalm 5:3 (ESV) “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;”

Want more proof?? Check out…

Psalm 6:8-9, Psalm 34:4,6,15.17; 116:1-2; 120:1

He hears you when you call! The bible tells me so! ( you’re totally singing the Sunday school song right now) If you are following along and making a notebook you can write the scriptures out under the title My God Hears! (For more info on the notebook see my previous post or pick up a copy of What Do I Know About my God by Mardi Collier)

My daughter wasn’t scared! She knew where she was, had been there many times before, she knew what she was doing and she knew I was close by! There was no need to worry.

God is so much greater then my 3 year old. He knows where you are, He knows what He is doing. He Hears you! We know that to be true because the scriptures tell us so. Sometimes we just have to get closer to hear him!

Until Next Time,

~Luisa

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{Discovering God} Knowing Him.

​Written by: Luisa Parish

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I don’t consider myself a writer. Never felt it was one of my strengths. I probably wont impress you with my dazzling wit or profound words. I’m just a stay at home mom who has one very strong desire. To know God better!

What about you? Do you desire the same thing? Do you at times think, my life is too busy, I’m too messed up, I struggle with reading the bible, I’m not good at praying etc.

​I know I do! And because of those lies I feel like my relationship with God is really shallow. I claim to love and follow him but I don’t really KNOW Him. I’m sure if I did I wouldn’t always doubt Him or question Him. I would finally be able to surrender my life to Him cause I would fully trust Him. I could actually be more like Him cause I have spent so much time with Him!

​Sounds wonderful don’t it?? But how do we achieve that? A friend of mine introduced me to a book called “What do I know about my God’ by Mardi Collier. And it literally changed my life! It’s a simple bible study that helps you discover who God is and strengthens your walk with Him. No fancy equation, nothing difficult. You just simply read the bible and look!

That’s it?? Really?? YES!! SO simple.

Do you really want to know God? When life gets you down do you want to always question why me? Or Do you want to stop and think what do I know about my God and recall all the ways He is powerful, merciful, loving, gracious etc.! If you do then join me! Every other Saturday here and we will do just that. But if you really, really want to know Him better, then start this simple plan with me!

It requires you, your bible, and a notebook. I use a small binder so I can add pages easily. Start in Psalms and try and tackle one chapter a day. Every time you come across a characteristic that describes God write it down under a specific heading.

For example…

Psalm 2:7 ​“…The Lord said to me, “you are my Son; today I have begotten ​you”

You could write the Title “God is my Father” at the top of a new page and write this scripture under it, and any other scripture that talks about God being our father. If you come across another scripture that talks about Him forgiving us then you would start a new page with the title My God Forgives and list all scriptures that support that. Before you know it you will have pages and pages of scriptures that tell you exactly who God is! So whenever you start to doubt you can recall that God Loves you, or hears you, or sees you!

Each time I will come back and share a different characteristic that I have discovered! This has truly changed my life and I can’t wait to tell you how!! I’m so excited to share this journey with you and hope you find out for yourself who God really is!

Until Next Time,

~Luisa