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Trust. It’s a very hard thing to be generous with trust. 

By the time I met Jesus, I could probably count on one hand the people I trusted. And then I don’t think I trusted more than 3 completely. 

Life has a way of beating you up. People hurt you all the time. I lost my faith in the goodness of mankind and along with it my trust in God. If he could allow this amount of pain, how could anyone ever trust him?

Since Jesus, it’s been a long slow climb up a mountain to trusting again. Every trial, every bump in the road, every missed opportunity, every closed door, every sickness, everything I want to control but cannot, is just one more thing to help me regain my trust in God. To decide if I will praise him no matter the outcome. 

I thought I had the rest of the year all figured out. I thought I’d stay at this job in Tucson for 13 more weeks. The manager enthusiastically said yes one day. But 2 days later said the corporation said no. What gives God!? 

My first reaction was my knee jerk before Jesus reaction of tears and the sky is falling and woe is me. But it only lasted minutes as my brain quickly jumped to God on his throne, behind the scenes, maneuvering and planning. And I decided more quickly than ever to trust God with the next thing. 

Generous trust in God. Progress. 

Happy Thursday!

Sharing with my friend Lyli

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48 weeks in Arizona. 1 family vacation-an unexpected 1 member of the family. Road trips. Heatwaves. Broken AC. I am thankful

6•19
1519. “No, your beauty should come from within you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that will never be destroyed and is very precious to God.” 1 Peter‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1520. More fun at Zion.
1521. Utah mountains.

6•20
1522. “God, my strength, I will sing praises to you. God, my defender, you are the God who loves me.” Psalms‬ ‭59:17‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1523. The amazing beauty of the Lord’s creation.
1524. Even though the air in the car died for a few hours in the blazing heat.

6•21

1525. “Your love is wonderful. By your power you save those who trust you from their enemies.” Psalms‬ ‭17:7‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1526. Even though it cost a bit, I’m glad to have the AC in the car working again.
1527. Access to a swimming pool.

6•22

1528. “But I am like an olive tree growing in God’s Temple. I trust God’s love forever and ever. God, I will thank you forever for what you have done. With those who worship you, I will trust you because you are good.” Psalms‬ ‭52:8-9‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1529. Cindy
1530. The Superstition Wilderness.

6•23
1531. “I give you my life. Save me, LORD, God of truth.” Psalms‬ ‭31:5‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1532. “Love the LORD, all you who belong to him. The LORD protects those who truly believe, but he punishes the proud as much as they have sinned. All you who put your hope in the LORD be strong and brave.” Psalms‬ ‭31:23-24‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1533. Family dinners.

6•24
1534. “I cry out to God Most High, to the God who does everything for me. My heart is steady, God; my heart is steady. I will sing and praise you.” Psalms‬ ‭57:2, 7‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1535. Crickets chirping
1536. Camping

6•25
1537. 23The Lord rewards us for the things we do right and for our loyalty to him. 1 Samuel 26:23
1538. Afternoon thunderstorms!
1539. Even though I really don’t think #1 likes me much.