What Happens When I Trust

Divine Messages: A Journey Through the Workbook for Students in a Course in Miracles

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“If you are trusting in your own strength, you have every reason to be apprehensive, anxious and fearful. What can you predict or control? What is there in you that can be counted on? What would give you the ability to be aware of all the facets of any problem, and to resolve them in such a way that only good can come of it? What is there in you that gives you the recognition of the right solution, and the guarantee that it will be accomplished?”

   The beginning of this lesson reminds me that for many years I thought I could run my own life. What a joke that is now as I review this idea of “God is the strength in which I trust.” In the past, I had every situation planned out and indeed was angry if the planned outcomes were never achieved. I was attached to what I wanted and other people, places and things had better cooperated because it was all about me. This person needed to respond in a certain way and do certain things and if they did not then I retaliated in some form either overtly or covertly; the same with other situations. I walked around with the black spot of blame and fear within my heart. Trusting God was a foreign concept back then. But now, as I rely on Him to provide the means for a happy and peaceful life, I can see that people and situations that come into my life are for my highest growth and learning. No longer do I dwell on what should happen or try to control it, instead I simply trust that what God has planned is for the higher good of everyone involved. They are all lessons presented for myself.

As I release my hooks into expectations, there are no longer the resentments. There is a saying that goes, “Expectations are pre-meditated resentments.”

   If I simply trust in my Father, then only joy will be the outcome. Peace will be the outcome. I have been blessed with wondrous gifts when I have released all that I believe should occur in my life. The Holy Spirit always leads me Home. His Voice will only lead me there. It is for me to stop and listen to what the message is there for me and then gladly follow it. This does not mean that challenging situations do not continue to occur in my life, but it does mean that now I do not have to depend on my own strength, my own answers to resolve them. That is the Holy Spirit’s job. He has all the answers, if I am willing to hear them. Many gifts can come out of the most difficult situations. I have found that those gifts include a dedication and devotion to a continuance of mindfulness and the practice of forgiveness. Through this, I will come to the sanctuary of peace more often. For this, I am grateful.

From Lesson 47

For 365 days during 2005-2006, Revs. Deborah and Paul Phelps allowed their minds to be open to the Voice of God and to receive His messages. By simply utilizing their daily life situations as conversation topics with the Holy Spirit, they found that their healing increased by the simple act of practical application of the ideas of forgiveness in A Course in Miracles. These personal messages were written daily and now shared with many. This book has been a favorite of ACIM students for many years.

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