Friday, January 22, 2016

God can be trusted

The last six months have turned my life upside down, like nothing else. A few of my worst dreams have come true: 1) not knowing what to do next in life, 2) having to be separated by an ocean from some of my best friends and "children," and 3) my mom being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (you can read her story here). I've had to battle temptations more head-on than ever before, go through some measure of reverse culture shock, and wonder what on earth my purpose in life is anymore. But God is good; He has continued to direct and guide me, even if only in the tiniest of increments at times. As I look back over the last half of 2015 and these first few weeks of the new year, I can clearly see His faithfulness (exhibit A being that my first worst dream was a key lifesaver when the third worst dream happened). My problems don't all appear to be solved now, but I know God can be trusted to carry out His perfect purpose. I am so thankful for Him and the incredible power He gives!

I discovered this song sometime this week, and it's been such an encouragement to me. I thought I'd share it with you...

This Trial

Verse 1
When your faith is running low, and you just can't seem to figure it out,
You know you should keep walking, but you just don't see how.
Don't doubt in the dark what He's said in the light -
He's still the same God in the day or the night!

Verse 2
When your life's a question mark, and your answers are coming out wrong,
You know that God is working, but it just seems so long,
Don't give up on God when He's working on you!
It's Jesus the Son that He's forming in you!

This trial won't define you; it will only refine you.
You know there's a plan, though you don't see it now.
Your God will not forget you; He'll eventually direct you.
So don't be afraid because you can know:
Your heart may be wounded, all your plans adjusted, your faith may be tested,
But God can be trusted.

Finish the course God has laid at your feet.
Never give less than your best!
Pour out your heart, take one day at a time;
God will do the rest!

(C) 2011 Ben Everson Music -


  1. Hi Emily,
    Thanks for sharing a little of your trials. Remember even in the darkest moments, we have Jesus' promise, "Lo I am with you always even unto the very end." Even Jesus cried, "Father why have you forsaken me." But it only looked that way through His eyes, the Father was never far away. We have been reading the Psalms for staff worships and looking at them from the perspective of the great time of trouble. IT is amazing that nearly every Psalm I have read at least unto Psalm 35 (currently reading) speaks about the time of trouble and how God will come through for us even though things seem so dark and hopeless. Hang in there, God is hanging in there with you.
    Love from us all at Wat Preah Yesu

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Tim. Sending love back to you all! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing Emily... it's very encouraging to see your positive attitude in the face of trial. Praying for you guys, keep looking up! Blessings!

    1. Thanks, Schane. Wishing you the best in your new adventures!


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