Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Painful Art of Learning...How to Trust

Here's to this New Year's Workouts!
While body-building exercises can be painful and teeth-gritting
I've discovered trust-honing is a far more painful
and patience-building process;
it's heart-gripping exercises often
performed with the invisible weight of waiting,
it's endurance test challenging kindness, generosity and humility.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy 
and peace as you trust in him, 
so that you may overflow with hope 
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I chose the above verse for this year's Christmas Card
because it seems esp. meaningful/fitting right now,
and I still forget its attitude/Fortitude, far too easily! 
(maybe because deep down I'm trying to
handle 'trust' too much on my own
and not by the power of the Holy Spirit)

Prayer for today:
Oh God, help us, through you, to trust You
and not get caught up in the noise of arguments
that accomplish nothing good for your purpose,
In Jesus' Name

This poem is a bit of heart-fray...

This tattered, frayed, shattered, 
Shorn, weary-worn, forlorn, 
Sorrow-torn Hope 
This lot, often caught in 
A tangle of angles 
And wrangles; Its ‘paint’ 
Well-acquainted with ‘nope’ 

This mixety-maxety 
No quick-fix calamity 
Pricking, swift-kicking, 
Sticking-points galore 
This rough, tough kerfuffle 
With stuff, love and trouble 
Is enough to ruffle 
Faith’s feathers, for sure 

This stretched-to-the -limit 
Where minute by minute 
Its gamut is fresh-stymied 
With giants of dust 
This hunger-prone, bent-to-hone
Wild burning yearning 
Is but the heart learning 
The art of true trust 

© Janet Martin 

One of my go-to pick-me-upper songs

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