Trust and Obey

>> Thursday, April 28, 2011

I've been giving a lot of thought to the words Trust and Obey lately.  Two such easy words to say; they roll right off the tongue with no problem, don't they?  Yet, the meaning of these words is pretty clear.  In order to trust, you must rely on or have confidence in something or someone, even right down to hope in them.  And we all pretty much obey commands every day just by driving down the road.
Trust:  1) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety of a person or thing; confidence  2) confident expectation of something; hope
Obey:  to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of:

The trust and obey I've been thinking of though goes a little deeper than maybe trusting your friend or spouse and making sure you don't disobey road regulations.  I been thinking about trust and obey as it pertains to my faith and my prayer life.  As the refrain from the song Trust and Obey says "Trust and Obey, for there's no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey," we basically can't be happy unless we trust and obey.  One basic principle - so easy.  And look at the words in the song - so simple.

So why is trust so hard for me?  And obedience even harder at times?  I love God.  I love Jesus.  I want to be just like them.  I want everything God has to offer a sinner like me.  His love, patience, guidance, goodness, blessings.  So all I have to do is let go, and let God have it all.  I DO trust and obey, I DO trust and obey, I DO trust and obey...  God help me in this moment.


Trust and Obey


When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey. 

Refrain
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Refrain

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

Refrain

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Refrain

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Refrain

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Wordless Wednesday

>> Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring is sort of here...


Hosta is coming up



More Hosta



Don't know what this is called, but I have a lot of it!


Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,

Nan


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Snow Day!

>> Saturday, April 16, 2011

No, this doesn't exactly qualify as a real snow day, but it was kind of exciting to get up to the snow.  It was really coming down, too.  And the most exciting part about it?  You knew you wouldn't have to shovel any of it.



The picture looks like everything is black and white, doesn't?  The snow was coming down so hard, it really seemed like everything was in black and white.  But there's a little bit of color there...

Then, a little while later...


Snow's all gone!  See the pretty hosta in the background?  Crazy!!  I know, I know, my yard needs fertilizer!  Other than that, wasn't the snow day fun?

Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,

Nan

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Spring is Here Giveaway!

>> Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Yep, that's right, I'm happy that Spring is here.  I'm sure no more so than a couple million other people, but I have a pretty book to give away, so I'm using Spring as an excuse.

So, here's the book                  

                                                    

and all you have to do is follow me on Google Friend Connect and comment about it.  Plus retweet the tweet that brought you here and comment about it.  That's two ways to win.  If you want a bonus entry, you can sign up for Networked Blogs (just don't forget to comment about it!).

I'll be drawing the winner on Friday at 6pm, so good luck!  I hope you win...I wish I had one for everyone.
Do make sure your contact information is in the comments.

Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,

Nan


          

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Book Review

Time with God for Mothers

I had the opportunity to review this beautiful little devotional.  It has wonderful flowers on the cover and throughout all the pages.  There are 90+ devotionals covering all sorts of topics; they didn't seem to miss one that I can see.  There is a "Presented To" page just inside the cover for gift giving.  Whether you are giving this as a gift or keeping it for yourself, it's a special little book; one you won't want to be without.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Book Review

The Blessing of Adversity

Mr. Black approaches the subject of adversity from a highly educated point of view.  The book was not hard to understand, but just "dry" reading.  The book is best read in small sections; it's not one you want to sit down and read through in a day.

The book is divided into three sections, then into chapters with an action plan at the end of chapter.  This book would be great for a bible study or small group discussion.  The author backs up all of his writing with biblical reference, and personal trials.

Disclaimer:  Tyndale House Publishers provided me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review

>> Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Final Summit

David Ponder is back from The Travelers Gift, and with no small task at hand. David is chosen as the leader of all the Travelers as they are convened in place (we assume it's heaven), to answer the one question that will save all of humanity: What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization.  David and the Travelers have five attempts to get the question correct and as you can assume, the story is full of suspense.  Mr. Andrews works in lots of true historical reference, which is very interesting. This book is wonderful and not only a quick read, you won't want to put it down!

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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