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Strength and Beauty Come from Learning to Trust God

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Passing each other in the kitchen with mugs of coffee, crazy sleep hair, pajama’d and groggy, I kissed my daughter and whispered good morning and headed toward my front porch for a few moments of quiet as I began my day. Just before I left the room, I was prompted to ask her, “How are you, sweetness? Is anything on your mind this morning?”

Sometimes the most normal moments and mundane of places become holy when God shows up.

Though just 30 years old, my daughter had walked in wisdom for such a long time.

“I feel like God always has me in boot camp–basic training for war! It would be great to have an easy season in my life for just a little while,” she said, as she sipped her coffee.

“But, you know, mom, I have decided in my heart, that no matter what comes my way, I want to keep trusting God, keep seeking to show His light, keep loving when it is difficult, keep strong when tempted to be weak.”

“I want to be one of those people who Jesus says, ‘You were one of my most vibrant, powerful warriors for the kingdom, because you always sought to be holy and you never gave up!’

“So, mom, I will stay in boot camp and God’s training as long as He has me here because I want to be faithful and love Him until I see Him face to face.”

Wow! What an unexpected but powerful message greeted me so early in my morning. But how grateful I was to hear from her own heart that my daughter understood that to live holy and righteous and strong in love is a battle and requires training. When we learn to accept the limitations of the place that God has us with faith and submission, we will learn to see His purposes and experience a depth of His love anew. His love is so profound that he does not want us to stay limited in our lives but to learn to trust Him and find freedom, strength in His training and deep satisfaction in life as we walk with Him. A a loving parent, He wants what is best for us–He wants us to grow strong and beautiful.

God has us in “training grounds” because He desires us to become like Jesus–holy, strong, bold, and righteous. Training and discipling us to become like him is a long term process. But in order for us to experience His profound love, we have to submit to His profound plans for our lives.

Good soldiers learn to submit to their leaders, the authorities over them, their officers, to lead them well. So, as we are warriors for Christ, we must learn to submit to His ways, to seek to be as godly as we know how, to learn the ways of righteousness, so that we can become strong ambassadors and workers for His kingdom.

My daughter has not had an easy life, but because she has walked her years trusting God, she is mature beyond her age and in so many ways exhibits His light and beauty powerfully through her life.

Each of us must choose His ways, submit to His will, so that we can truly become stronger in understanding that His love for us requires that He will train us for growth. God does not want us to just be shallow and happy–getting our own way at every juncture. He wants us to learn the depth of His wisdom and to learn the way of contentment and peace.

The verse today is from Psalm 9: 7-8: ”

“But the LORD abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment, And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.”

God’s great love will require Him to act in our lives to bring us to maturity. But we can only experience the depth of His love if we choose to submit to His training. This week, give your circumstances, your life into God’s hands and become a willing learner of His ways, that you might see His goodness worked out in your life as He works deeply in your life to make you more like Him.

sally

 

 

 

 

 

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I am so excited to invite you to a very special conference online about the training of children in the wise ways of God. Training, instruction and growing in God’s Word and His ways is the pathway to becoming a godly woman. This process of training will allow us to live in and enjoy His love.
On July 14-15, I will be hosting an e-conference to inspire parents to train and instruct their children in wisdom. I hope many of you will be able to join me for the seminar, as I am so excited to be able to share what I have learned about bring wisdom to life in my home after being a parent for 30 years. For more information, go HERE.

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“Home can be one of the most deeply transformative places in the world, where hearts are shaped and God is known.” Sally Clarkson, 10 Gifts of Wisdom

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  1. Hi Sally,

    I would like to attend your econference and when I registered I noticed it was not free. I hafve reduced myself to part-time work to be able to be with my kids and support my daughter who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I did see a place for a “coupon code”. May I who is able to get one, and how I can apply for one?

    Thank you for your consideration and for your beautiful writings here on Good Morning Girls and in the book (thank you also for making the book so affordable! )

    God Bless,
    Netty

    • OOPS! Suppose to say, “May I ask”

    • I understand finances being tight. We are considering trying to put part of it up at a later date, but at the moment, we have to work out a system for scholarships. To get the technology to host these conferences, I have to hire two people and pay other fees for the conference to be run live. So, the decisions are in the hands of the people who are hosting it for me, as they only have one form of registration. I will always be writing about the different principles on my blog, so join us there.

  2. Those of us on EST that just can’t stay up that late and focus on it…will it be available for purchase after it’s over?

  3. Yes, If you purchase the conference, you can listen/watch it any time. You are able to access the video anytime at your own convenience. Many women just like to join the live conference to be in the chat rooms together when I speak live.

  4. I think I may be in that training period! Thank you for this beautiful reminder to persevere and trust.

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