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Learning to Trust

Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will be my shield? I would have died unless the Lord had helped me. I screamed, "I'm slipping, Lord!" and he was kind and saved me.

Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.

Psalm 94: 16-19 (TLB)

Doreen Alvarez lives in Florida. Many times she has stressed over things beyond her control. She began to ask herself, Why? Do I doubt God? Then my friend suggested that when Doreen felt stressed and worried over something, she should write it down, put it in a "God Box," and stop fretting about it.

One day when Doreen was stressing over things she could not control, she tried it. She wrote her worry on a piece of scrap paper, prayer, cried, and put it in the box. She may have prayed a few more times, but eventually she forgot it. Whenever a new issue came up, she put it in the box. And when she eventually decided to empty the God Box, she couldn't remember a single thing she had written!

Over the years, she has grown in her faith and no longer needs a physical God Box. She is better able to surrender her worries to God and trust that God cares for her concerns. She realizes now that the answer to her earlier question is that she wasn't trusting God. But God has always cared for her. She has learned to trust more and doubt less with renewed hope and joy.

Prayer: Dear God, in our times of need, open our eyes to your love and faithfulness. Help us to grow in our faith by surrendering our struggles to you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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