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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Who can you trust

"Do you trust me?"

Those can be some of the most difficult words to respond to especially if you have been taken advantage of in a relationship, whether as an adult or as a child.

Broken trust can cause you to carry your pain like a badge of dishonor daring anyone to try and take advantage of you again. And sadly I have seen it all too often.

A couple weeks ago I encountered a woman who has been so hurt in her life nothing I could say or do was showing this woman how much I cared about her situation. She and her three children have been abandoned by their father and now she had no home and ultimately no hope. My heart broke as I tried to say everything I knew to say to break this hard exterior of distrust and pain.

We so often times judge people and their reactions not understanding the shaky foundation their lives are dwelling on. It would have been very easy for me to dismiss her because of her attitude toward me. But instead, I looked past her tough exterior and saw a woman who just needed to be loved. So love we did in the form of a home cooked meal for her and her children.

I think and pray for her often. I don’t even know her name. She was so mistrusting she would not tell it to me after I shared with her mine. But I don’t have to know it, God does.

And on this day after Valentine’s Day I pray for you too if you are riding on an emotional roller coaster of distrust. There is a Prince Charming out there and you can live happily-ever-after but you have to...

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he's the one who will keep you on track.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Even if you can’t open yourself up to anyone yet, at least open yourself up to God. He loves you so much He sent your Valentines over 2000 years ago…But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful. (Romans 5:8)

Yes, even in our broken and messed up state God still loved us so extravagantly He gave the best He had to offer… Himself. That’s better than any box of chocolate, any day of the week! And you won't gain any weight either.

All my love,
Tina

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great blog Tina on God's unconditional love....What's so sad is, this woman with those children, will pass it on to them unless she lets God help her. Hopefully the love shown her will melt some of that wall away.