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On Trusting-Leaning-Acknowledging-Directing – February 3 Inspiration


Trusting, leaning, acknowledging, and directing. Some of the key words in one of the first Bible verses I ever learned: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).


I find it interesting how many times a Bible passage gives conditions of a promise, such as here, about the Lord directing our paths. But what must we do first? Trust or have confidence in the Lord, don’t lean or depend on our own understanding, and acknowledge or accept His guidance.





The next two verses go on to say: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8).  Again, in these two verses, we have the promise of health and strength…IF we are not vain in trusting our own limited wisdom, and IF we reverentially fear or stand in awe of God, AND don’t participate in evil behavior.


In addition to the verses above, here is some more inspiration for today…


“We need to be strengthened and renewed on a daily basis…

physically, mentally, and emotionally.

We need to be strong so we do not fall apart

every time we have to face

some situation we had not planned on.

We can be strengthened and renewed

by drawing strength from God,

by exercising our faith,

and by doing what He tells us to do.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”


My reflections:

I thought this quote coincided nicely with today’s Proverb (incidentally, for anyone interested, I have a separate page on my blog with daily scripture readings from Psalms and Proverbs). We gain direction and strength by leaning and depending on God, rather than ourselves.

Regarding the need to be strong instead of falling apart when facing an unplanned situation…I had one of those yesterday when our furnace malfunctioned and started spewing smoke and noxious fumes. I have had an almost non-stop headache for a couple days, and it worsened yesterday when that event occurred. I wonder now if we had some carbon monoxide leaking prior to the malfunction.

I contacted my hubby, who left work to diagnose and fix the problem with the furnace. I am so thankful for God’s protection, and for Him giving Dave the wisdom and strength to deal with the furnace issues, so we are safe and sound again…and the headache is gone!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you see patterns in scripture or other literature where there are conditions to be met prior to receiving promises or answers? Have you had an experience where you drew strength from God or a loved one to help you during a difficult situation?


A special quilt I completed for a friend whose hubby's grandmother started it before passing away.
A special quilt I completed for a friend whose hubby’s grandmother was not able to complete it before she passed away.


  1. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    During times of trouble I draw strenght from myself, as I’m the only one to help me get through it.

    03 . Feb . 2016
  2. Nicole

    Encouraging post. Needed to hear this today. Thank you!
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    03 . Feb . 2016
  3. Garth Delikan

    It really is all about trust and just letting go isn’t it! Yet trust and enjoyment seem to be so hard to grasp and just do it!
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    03 . Feb . 2016
  4. Tamuria

    Learning to trust the journey when you don’t always understand it can be so tough but it is a true way to inner peace.
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    03 . Feb . 2016
  5. Patrice M Foster

    I am learning to trust even when I don’t understand. Great scripture and interesting written words. Thanks for share.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  6. Elizabeth O.

    We should learn to let go of the things we can’t control and also just learn to ride with the waves instead of going against it.

    04 . Feb . 2016
  7. michelle

    i have drawn closest to the lord after times of loss
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  8. Brandi H

    Glad you and your family are safe. These are some great verses.

    04 . Feb . 2016
  9. Ana De- Jesus

    I completely agree and I to need to realize I can’t control every situation.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  10. Vatsala Shukla

    I think God must find me and my habit of praying whenever I am about to start a new project, about to do a difficult task and even when the internet connection is giving me grief.

    This might be because in many ways Hinduism is an individualistic faith which also allows for community spirit but my relationship with the Almighty is one of absolute trust and I’ve never felt the need to accept any conditions because my acceptance and Faith is unconditional.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  11. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I have a real hard time trusting to be honest. I need proof first.

    04 . Feb . 2016
  12. Kimberly

    Learning to trust and let go of having to control everything is so liberating! Thanks for this post – good reminder!

    04 . Feb . 2016
  13. Claudette

    Thanks for sharing this reminder to trust. I am not a Christian granted I studied Christian theology and have a graduate degree on the subject but I do understand and appreciate and in fact live this trusting in a power larger than any human understanding.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  14. Maddie

    This is so inspirational. I love your posts and quilts.

    04 . Feb . 2016
  15. swell conditions

    I’ve drawn strength from family and friends, and definitely return the support when needed.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  16. Mardene Carr

    I draw strength from God every day because that is how I choose to live my life. He is at the center of my life so all strength comes from Him
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  17. Angela Mager

    This is one of the first verses I memorized, when I was in my early 20’s. I so needed God to guide me, and I did not want to lean on my own very limited understanding. Now, with my children becoming teenagers, I put my trust in God alone. My hope must be in Him to keep my children safe.

    I love the reminder you gave, that we must do our part first. I need to be reminded of that daily!

    04 . Feb . 2016
  18. Roslyn Tanner Evans

    I draw strength from my husband, close friends and myself. I can’t say I just trust all will work out because but I do believe I can be with whatever happens. I also believe I am responsible for the direction of my life.

    In all honesty & fairness, I refrain from discussing religion or politics online, be it in blogs, posts, tweets. I’m sure you understand.

    04 . Feb . 2016
  19. Tara

    All so true. I often say to myself, “Jesus, I trust in You.” Were it not for my faith, I’m not sure I’d been in the position I am today. So many times during losses, illness, financial struggles and marital discord I wanted to throw in the towel, but then I remembered that it doesn’t all rely on me or my weaknesses. Truly coming to the realization that I can totally trust in God has lightened many a burden from my shoulders.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  20. Liz Mays

    You’re probably right about the headaches being from CO leakage. I’m glad it’s all fixed up now though!
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  21. Shaylee

    Trust in a higher power is a great strength for many people and I think it’s very important to get us through hard times.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  22. Delia

    What a coincidence as I was just thinking about how things are just coming to you at the right time. We have to trust the process, so there’s no point in rushing it.

    I think it goes well with your post, Karen.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  23. OurFamilyWorld

    This is a great reminder. I draw strength from God to help me during a difficult situation all the time.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  24. Salma

    Sometimes, that kind of trust is tough!
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  25. Amber

    There are often times I ask God for guidance and strength to get through hard times especially when I’m not sure about what path I should be on.
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  26. Mariana

    Something to think about! I think anytime we’re burdened by something, we tend to rely on the strength of others to get us through. At least I do.

    06 . Feb . 2016
  27. Beverley Golden

    I have learned to trust myself, my inner voice of intuition and know that I am always being guided by the spiritual world. We all are, and it is a matter of whether we choose to listen to the guidance we are being given. We all have the “answers” within us and so often we look to the outside world for opinions and information and base our choices for ourselves on that. Only we know what is the best choice for us in every given circumstance. I believe we have the power to create our lives based on certain laws of the Universe and also the opportunity to accept what is so and remain calm and peaceful with it. So yes, I do believe in a higher power and trust that it is in play at all times.
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  28. Life as a Convert

    I see patterns in scripture, especially about trust. I think it goes hand in hand with faith.
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  29. Shannon Gurnee

    This is a really great post. Having something to believe helps us get through the hardest of times.
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    20 . Feb . 2016
  30. Carol Cassara

    I always enjoy your posts on scripture. They make the Bible human and relatable.
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    21 . Feb . 2016
  31. Chanelle

    Christ is my rock and refuge. I have learned to trust him, when I understand and don’t understand.

    22 . Feb . 2016

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