1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
2. confident expectation of something; hope.
Such a small and simple word, yet powerful and can be more difficult to walk out than we know! The Brown's are a couple that have been on a journey, individually and together, to learn the meaning of trust and grace. They can see now the power in trusting each other to God. God is so faithful regardless of what we may think we see. Here is a little insight of Mrs. Brown's side of trusting God in her marriage.
To understand the miracle of my marriage and attitude change, you have to know the road I had walked the 7 previous years to August 28, 2008. In 2000, I married my first husband who was an alcoholic, drug addict and adverbially abusive. I walked into my marriage with Donald with a great deal of baggage and unfortunately unloaded it all on him. I had an established career, purchased my first home and was raising my son just fine without any help and that was my attitude.....I didn't need a man, I chose a man. Getting engaged to Donald was totally out of left field. He just asked me out of the blue one night...no ring....no previous plans or talk of it.
Going into my marriage I was head strong and confident of who I was and where life had taken me, although struggling with some major trust issues. Growing up, my momma told me that if I could not trust a person, that I needed to trust them to God. The first year of my marriage was a great many battles not fights. We would set out to hurt each other and break each other down. At the same time that I was confident on my own, I still desired for a man that would take care of me. A year or two after we married, I was strongly convicted to get my family back in church. We started going to church and Holy Spirit was all over me.
One evening while sitting around the table with our sister and brother-in-law who as pastors, often do marriage counseling, I expressed my desire for Donald to step up and be the spiritual leader and how I have "given him ample opportunity to do so". They challenged me as to whether I truly had. The Holy Spirit spoke to me that night and gave me a complete peace to surrender things that I had not. He told me to leave His son alone and to focus on myself...how I was setting the spiritual atmosphere in our home. Was I praying for my husband? Was I truly giving him the room to take the lead? Was I honestly trusting him to God?
God gave me a whole new trust and love for the man who He had brought into my life.
I am thankful for men and women who share their stories. Life can seem so cloudy when we are focusing on our own individual problems that we forget to think about what matters most. What do our attitudes look like to others.....or how do our attitudes even look towards God? If the words that came out of our mouths were contaminated or fresh air, what would your atmosphere provide? What does your attitude look like as an teenager, a young single adult, with your friends, you family, or in your marriage? I challenge you to trust God in your situation. Easier said than done you say? Yes, but honestly you are believing for one or the other anyway. Believing the worst, due to past failures or believing that this time could be the shift? Will you choose trusting hope or choose trusting the thief of joy? You never know what God is speaking to them on their end.
Thanks for listening.....comment and let me know your thoughts ;)