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My Life Verse - (Nov 1987) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will direct your path.

"We can depend completely upon Him"


My Salvation Song – "You are the Rock of My Salvation"

You are the rock of my salvation
You are the strength of my life
You are my hope and my inspiration
Lord unto You will I cry

I believe in You, believe in You
For your faithful love to me
You have been my help in time of need
Lord unto You will I cleave


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6)

This has become my life verse.

Trust was the main issue I was dealing with when the Lord was calling me to Himself.  My life experiences had shattered my trust in God and in most people.  I could trust my husband, Bob, my mom and myself.  That’s all I could count on.  My mom had died that year though.  God was not in the picture for me for quite some time.  About two years into our marriage, we quit going to church.  It was the challenges and struggles with my oldest son at about 15 yrs old, that brought me to my knees.  I could no longer control things, my son was out of control.  We needed the Lord.

So, "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart", took me about a full year to fully give in and receive the Lord; and another year to experience testing God and trusting God to control all my circumstances.  I had to experience giving up control to God, (like I really had "control"), practice trusting Him, praying and watching Him work out ALL the details in my life.

All I have to do is look back in time and see the evidence of God’s hand upon my life.  The knowledge that He directed and controlled circumstances in my walk with Him, from the biggest challenges to the most minute details of everyday life, is comforting and gives confidence to us.  I CAN trust Him; life is more relaxed and joyful this way.  He is faithful, always on time and in control.  The knowledge that "God is in control" always provides assurance and comfort for me.

"Lean not on your own understanding".   Even though we have a natural tendency to try to understand and make sense of circumstances and situations, it’s great to know we don’t have to understand everything, nor can we.  God’s ways are higher than ours. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts".

This provides relief for us from worry, anxiety, nervousness, etc., because this gives us the knowledge to relax and trust Him more deeply, even when things seem out-of-control or don’t make sense.  God is in control - period.

 "In ALL your ways acknowledge Him".   Now just how often do we actually acknowledge God in our circumstances and in life in general?  The verse says, in ALL Your Ways…. That means He is at work and present in ALL our lives, in every part of it, in every detail, even with all the "hats" we wear, the different roles and responsibilities we have.

So, we are to be aware and acknowledge in word and action that we abide in Him and see His presence and work in our lives.  So, we need to be watchful for His presence and how He really is there directing, protecting and loving us daily.  Look for God’s miracles in your life, look for His blessings.  He provides them daily in great and small ways.  Sometimes, it is the smallest and most simple blessings that come our ways that are the sweetest and most memorable, that touches our hearts deeply.

 "And He WILL direct your path."   God totally and completely directs our paths.  If we trust Him and give control over to Him, we can grow in faith and in the Fruit of the Spirit.  Watch for how gently and directly He directs you and your circumstances.  But you have to be attentive and watchful in your walk with the Lord, so you can see His handiwork.   Phil. 1:6-7 says, "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ."   God is faithful; be faithful and grateful to Him by trusting Him totally in everything.

by Genevieve Douglass
Co-Founder of AOWAC
Agent Orange Widows Awareness Coalition


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