The next writing prompt in “God is My Happy Place” is
“The book of Proverbs by Solomon holds profound wisdom. What is a proverb you live by?”
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:5-8 NIV
It’s not always easy to follow. To trust God with everything. I’m learning to trust God & ask him first in every situation. I’m not always perfect at it though, but He’s working on me.
Trusting in the Lord with all my heart. That means with everything I have. Not holding anything back. This is so hard. I want to control my circumstances, but I can’t say I’ve done the best job thus far. I’m not saying my life is bad, becuase other than a couple of things, my life is good. But I have to learn to give it all to Him. Not just some of it.
He knows how to handle it better than me anyways. He sees my future. He knows what the right choice is. It is not always the answer I would choose, but it always turns out better, if I follow His lead & live life the way He would have me do so.
I need to decide to accept His way as the way to do things and follow Him in everything. Not just when I see fit.
While trusting Him, He is working things out behind the scenes. I can’t always see Him working, but I know He is. He has everything under control.
And my wisdom means nothing. Compared to what He knows, I know nothing. Not even a splash in the pan. I cannot act like I know all & that my knowledge is the best. I would like to believe that I know the best thing to do in every situation, but I don’t. I have found that, if I were to follow my own thoughts/desires, I would be in a bad place.
I also need to give all my respect to God & be careful what I allow in my life. Sometimes I let too much of what the world has to offer in.
Doing all of the above will keep me healthy in every way. That means physically, mentally, spiritually.
I’m in no way saying this is easy, because it is hard to be in a situation & remember to ask God His opinion first, before making a decision. I often feel like I have to make rushed decisions. But that isn’t necesarily true. Usually, if I ask someone to give me time to think about something in order to make a good decision, they will give me time. If they won’t, it is usually not a good idea.
However, practice makes perfect. If I continue to go to Him as soon as I remember. I will learn to do it earlier & earlier, as well as more often.
I will end this with a different translation. I have really started enjoying reading The Passion Translation along with the NIV.
5Trust in the Lord completely,
and do not rely on your own opinions.
With all your heart rely on him to guide you,
and he will lead you in every decision you make.
6Become intimate with him in whatever you do,
and he will lead you wherever you go.
7Don’t think for a moment that you know it all,
for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion
and avoid everything that’s wrong.
8Then you will find the healing refreshment
your body and spirit long for.
Proverbs 3:5-8 The Passion Translation