‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
just to take Him at His word;
just to rest upon His promise,
just to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Jesus, Jesus how I trust him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more.

I’ve heard and belted this song who knows how many times, but the truth of these lyrics haven’t resonated with me quite so powerfully until now.

Over the past year, the Lord has been breaking down my walls and revealing to me the root causes of my struggles through a program called Celebrate Recovery (CR). I’ve found that two of my struggles, pride and control, are rooted in the fact that I look to idols other than the Lord to find my identity and I don’t put my trust in the Lord. After going through a searching and fearless moral inventory of my life, I was able to see that I have struggled with these things as far as back as I can remember. The combination of the truths revealed to me through CR and my discontent with work and constant thoughts of “there has got to be more to life than just trading time for money” and “I want to spend my days not just helping and serving others, but adding value to lives” brought me to a breaking point. I was driving home from work and cried out to the Lord (literally) and said, “Lord, I can’t do this anymore. I’m giving this over to you. Give me the strength to keep my hands open at all times and the strength to be obedient to you; so that when you say walk, I walk and when you say stop, I stop.” That was the first time I really trusted in the Lord and pushed my prideful thoughts of “I can do this on my own” and “Let me handle this one” to the side and relinquished control of my life, handing it over to a God who says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30); a God who says, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” (Isaiah 55:1-2).

At that moment, the scales were peeled back from my eyes and I was able to see clearly what I needed to do. The Lord was calling me away from the place I looked to for my identity, value and worth. He was calling me away from the place I put my trust in for my financial security. He was calling me away from my corporate job and asking me to find my identity in Him and to trust in Him.

If you know me at all, you know that I have a “Type A” personality. I’m a planner and lists make me happy. I plan my day, week, month and year. One would think that leaving behind my plan to step out of my comfort zone and into a place where my fears of failure and uncertainty could easily come alive would be a scary feeling. But it’s not scary. In fact, I’ve never felt so at peace in my life. If this were in fact a decision I made on my own, I wouldn’t have made it. Even if I did make it, I would have been doubting myself and fearful that I made the wrong decision. I’m resting in Philippians 4, specifically verses 4 through 9 which say, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Amidst an economy that is not out of the woods and warnings from friends and family that my decision to leave a “good paying job” is not a wise one, I’m thankful that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, has guarded my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

God is good and He is faithful. Since making this decision, He has provided me with opportunities to pour into relationships, old and new, and focus on the things that really matter, while earning some money on the side. I’ve learned that money can’t buy happiness and that true happiness can only be found in the Lord. Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So here I go. I’ve put my trust in the only One who continues to prove Himself faithful and although I don’t know what lies ahead, I’m excited for the journey to unfold as I follow the One who knows the plan and says, “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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15 thoughts on “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

  1. Sweet Brittany – I’m so sorry to see you go but you are headed in a much more worthy pursuit. May God bring you blessings and peace.

  2. There is nothing more satisfying than being exactly where God needs you. I learned that lesson a few years ago. Ever since I let go and let Him direct me I haven’t had to worry about anything. He has given me a remarkable life with a remarkable wife. In the end I ended up losing everything I had from my old life before He could begin a new work in me. It was a struggle at first, but once I quit being stubborn everything clicked perfectly into place. Whatever happens on your journey, keep your faith and your faith will keep you strong.

    You will be missed greatly around here. You always went well above and beyond for everyone. As you start your Journey, read Numbers 6:24-26

  3. Brittany:

    Your journey is just beginning. I am so proud of you and excited that you are taking on this new experience in your life. Continue to listen to God and he will guide you.

  4. BB! I am astounded, amazed and thrilled for you. The Lord has taken me down that same path and now I am tied I to people’s lives in ways that I would have never thought. There is more satisfaction in 10 min of watching God change and transform others than I have ever experienced in ‘making a living’ no matter what I was doing. These are exciting times in the Kingdom and you are blessed to be free to be part of it. Freedom is the ability to act and react as the person God created you to be no matter the situation or circumstance. For then you are at peace full of joy operating out of His love.

  5. It is so great when the scriptures and the hymns come alive to lead you and assure you. When you let go and let God He will take you to places far beyond what you would have ever believed possible.
    Love, MOM

  6. Brittany,

    WOW! What a blessing you are going to be in all the lifes you touch. Incredible things happen in our lives when we let go and let God.

    God Bless You!

  7. Brittany, as a christian this is joyous moment. I wish you well and may you continue to grow in the Lord.
    God is Blessing you!

    Donald

  8. Brittany,

    What God has for YOU – it is for YOU!!
    Proverbs 16:20
    Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
    and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

    To God Be The Glory…..Yolanda (Houston Branch)

  9. Brittany,

    It is so inspiring to read your reflections on your journey and to see how you have matured in your walk. It is so clear how “in tune” you are with yourself and how at peace you are with your decision. This only comes from listeing to your heart and what your God has placed there. Your happiness shines through and I wish you much more. Keep listening.

    Blessings to you, Chris

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