Hang On and Trust God

Sharon Jaynes Listening to God, Living Fully, Trusting God 154 Comments

Have you ever felt that this thing called life is just too hard? I know I have. Sometimes life just does not turn out like I thought it would. That’s when I have to hang onto God and simply trust Him.

I remember when my son was four-years-old and I was trying to teach him how to snow ski.  The first day was just horrible…at least it was for me. I felt like a down-covered workhorse as I lugged two sets of skis in one arm while dragging along Steven with the other. Clunky ski boots, overstuffed mittens, and a hooded snowsuit made it difficult for Steven to maneuver. Add all that to the slippery snow, and we had the perfect formula for a day of whining in a winter wonderland.

I tried to teach Steven how to snowplow to keep from going too fast. That’s when you point the tips of the skis toward the center and the backs of the skis point out…like making a slice of pizza. Well, he just wasn’t catching on. He fell and he fell and he fell.

Finally, I came up with another idea. I made an A-frame tent with my legs, Steven stood in front of me, and wrapped his arms around my thighs. Off we went. We moved as one. If I turned left, he went with me. If I turned right, he went with me. His only responsibility was to hang on and relinquish control. And even though he thought he was skiing, in reality, I was the one skiing and he was simply along for the ride.

That is a great picture of what trusting God is all about. That’s a picture of what “abiding in Jesus” is all about. We cling to him, hang on to Him, abide in Him. If He goes left, I go left. If He goes right, I go right.

David wrote in Psalm 63:8, “My soul clings to You.” In other words, David was saying, “I’m hanging on for dear life.” Just like Steven did.

Today, as you move through life, cling to Jesus. Hang on to Him. Acknowledge God’s presence with you and His Spirit in you. Trust Him!

Jesus, I’m trusting You today. I’m clinging to You. I’m hanging on Your every word. In Your Name, Amen.

If you’re trusting God in your situation today, leave a comment and say, “I’m trusting God!” 

Do you feel that you need to trust God more? Are there situations in your life that are causing you to doubt? In  Trusting God, my friends Mary, Gwen, and I take you step by step through a 12-week study that will help you have peace, as you learn to trust the One who loves you most. And for a list of 10 verses to help you trust God in difficult times, click here.

Comments 154

  1. I am trusting God with the situation my son is going through for custody of his son.I am trusting God to bless my son with a job he found out last week that his job is moving and he can’t move because it took far and he has to pick up his son from school. I am trusting God with my son and grandson. Lord protect them. I am trusting God that my grandson Mom will do what’s best for her child

  2. Yes! Trusting God and finally surrendering to His control. Our medical situations are only temporary…in spite of them feeling like a lifetime!
    Now Lord what can I do for you?
    What do you want me to share?

    1. Hi, Yvonne: You’re whole comment is a blessing. I especially like the last two statements! Thanks for sharing. May Jesus continue to richly bless you. Because of Jesus, Cindy

  3. I’m trusting God!

    I would love your book. Unfortunately my finances are an area I am trusting God to provide.
    God bless you.

  4. I’m trusting God to restore the relationships between and within my family. The strife among us has gone on long enough. Restore the love, trust and respect Lord God, today!
    Amen

  5. I can so relate. I am hanging on for dear Life, too, especially in this crazy world we’re now living in. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

  6. Wow this devotional was so timely! I’m in the middle of selling my house of 36 years; wondering if the house is clean enough, if the listing words are correct, if it will sell, if it will sell for the right price, if, if, if. I am now praying that God would help me to relinquish control to Him. He has always directed my ways and supplied my needs in the past. Holy Spirit please grant me the strength to trust you fully. God you are enough for me and I give you control.

    1. I’m trusting God for my husband and my mother to be cancer free. I’m trusting God for my two elder daughters for complete healing from depression. I’m trusting God for my son for deliverance from any form of addiction and from bad influences. I’m trusting God for my two younger daughters for protection and guidance in their studies. I’m trusting God for our finances, our jobs. I’m trusting God to be debt free. Amen.

  7. I had a hysterectomy May 2019 because of cancer. I had radiation and chemo which ended in November. A new CT scan is now showing Enlarged lymph nodes behind the pancreas. I am waiting for the results of a biopsy. I choose to trust Jesus. I am clinging to him like a baby monkey to her mother, and I’m not letting go. Jesus got me through last year and he will get me through this year. One way or another.

  8. My daughter had a miscarriage yesterday of a very wanted and already loved little soul. I am trusting God that He will comfort her and bless her. He is always faithful.

  9. With the case of the State vs Sonwabo Lukuko, who murdered my brother – I’m trusting God.
    With my Fibromyalgia – I’m trusting God.
    With the scare of my husband’s prostate situation – I’m trusting God.
    With my son with his Asperger’s syndrome trying to push through life with few facilities – I’m trusting God.
    With my mom’s cancer and emotional health – I’m trusting God.
    I’m trusting God!

    1. I hear you, Michelle. I am encouraged by your strength. I am trusting G-d with you. G-d bless and keep keeping on Sis. ❤

  10. God is so good. You have no idea how timely this email was for me. I mean exactly…. I had just requested prayer from some trusted prayer partners and my mom. And here it comes! Just Hang On and Trust God!

  11. I am trusting God today and forever. God knows how to use these daily devotions to uplift his children . This is right on time. I feel like he is talking directly to me when I receive these. Keep letting him use you Mrs. Jaynes.

  12. Love This! I need to remember to cling to Him today and not try to follow my own path (where I usually fall). I want to fly down the hill up the mountain and beyond! Holding tightly to Jesus is the only way!

    1. I love the imagry you have created in this story of how God will lead us through life if we just trust him. I trust God and pray that I will REALLY trust him. Thank you, Lord, for overshadowing me as I trust.in you.

  13. I am trusting God! Our retirement has not been according to plan. I was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer. Chemo instead of traveling, feeling useless, fighting pain and fear etc. Just missed both my parents 6 days apart, trying to be a good executor of their will. It goes on, but also very aware that Jesus was not caught off guard by any of this. He is in control, I must let go and trust Him

  14. I’m trusting God! I’ve been reminding myself that God is in complete control. Hallelujah! I notice I’m more patient with delays, road works, traffic lights and folks who are obviously having an even tougher day than me! I dare not trust my own strength because right now, there’s precious little strength in me. Praise Jesus, who carries me!

    1. Praise God, Cher! I pray that God gives you more and more Holy Spirit strength. How about that? “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep In love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breath and length and height and depth [of it]: [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fulness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God himself]! Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).” Ephesians 3:16-21 The Amplified Bible. “May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” Romans 15:13 The Amplified bible.

      Love, hugs and prayers, Because of Jesus, Cindy

    1. Hi, Amanda, Praying for your comfort at this very moment! May you be strengthened in your inner man to keep your eyes, heart and mind fixed on Jesus. (Ephesians 3:16 and Hebrews 12:2) Here is Hebrews 12 1-2 from the Amplified Bible: “Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 11 – Hall of Faith. 🙂 ) [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, 2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps 110:1]

      Love, hugs and prayers, Because of Jesus, Cindy

  15. Dear & Beloved Rev ( Dr).Pastress & Sister in Christ .Wow ! PRAISE THE LORD O MY SOUL .PRAISE THE LORD, FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS.Amen ! Amen ! How Great Thou Heart. I’ Trusting GOD .Because of his Blessings and His Grace i’m alive and i’m with you sister .Thanking You With Warm Regards V BORRA REDDY

  16. I am trusting God! There are moments I falter, let the doubts creep in. Then when I am suddenly aware that I am letting that happen, straying, I remind myself to let go of everything and trust, believe!

  17. I am trusting God! Here it is Lord, I give it all to you. A through Z, it is all yours. I’m Holding tight and clinging to you.

  18. This message means a lot to me. This morning I was praying that the Holy Spirit would lead me in the way I should go. If He says: Go right, then I should go right, and if He says, left and so on. I don’t want to trust on my own understanding, so I can say with confidence that I’m trusting God, no matter the circumstances. Believe me, sometimes it’s just so hard, but I’ve learned that is the not only the safest, but the best way!!!

    1. Hi, Maggie:

      I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. Would you mind if I shared it on FB? I plan to copy it to my word processor, too. May Jesus continue to richly bless you!

  19. I am trusting God despite feeling sad, discouraged and overwhelmed. We are empty nesters now raising our 12 year old granddaughter. It is hard. We are tired. But we trust the Lord and continue to put one day and one foot in front of the other and keep on.

    1. Hi, Gail! I admire you. May God strengthen you and your husband in your inner men to keep your eyes, hearts and minds fixed on Jesus. (Ephesians 3:16 and Hebrews 12:2). May He give your wisdom, peace
      and even joy in the midst, along with times of refreshing and renewal. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

      Love, hugs and prayers, Because of Jesus, Cindy

  20. I am going through so much right now, my husband a mild stroke, onset of dementia and was just diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy and getting ready to put our house on the market. If I didn’t trust in Jesus I couldn’t make! Life is hard!

    1. Hello, Phyllis: I am praying for you, sweet sister, and for your husband. May you be able to rest, truly rest in His loving care – underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33: 26-29 (The Amplified Bible) –
      “There is none like God, O Jeshurun [Israel], Who rides through the heavens to your help and in His majestic glory through the skies. 27 The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He drove the enemy before you and thrust them out, saying, Destroy! 28 And Israel dwells in safety, the fountain of Jacob alone in a land of grain and new wine; yes, His heavens drop dew. 29 Happy are you, O Israel, and blessing is yours! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the Shield of your help, the Sword that exalts you! your enemies shall come fawning and cringing, and submit feigned obedience to you, and you shall march on their high places.” I hope this speaks to your heart, dear sister. Here also Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. ” You are greatly and deeply loved, precious one!

      Love, hugs and prayers, Because of Jesus, Cindy

  21. I’m trusting in God today,…..
    everyday in everything. One day at a time, one step at a time. Each step of the way ……

  22. This message came at the right time!! I was in a mountain biking accident in August which left me with a incomplete spinal cord injury. I gaining movement back slowly with therapy and have a long road ahead. I now lost my job I loved and our health insurance BUT I’m trusting God!!

  23. I’m trusting God today. Which can sometimes be the hardest thing to do. I work on trusting every day. Fear always creeps in and u know where that comes from 🙏❤️

  24. Whew! Praise God for this post and for the comments here. I am trusting God in a difficult relationship (probably because of me, truthfully), for salvations in my family, for the coming of my husband’s retirement
    and what he will do following his departure from his job. God is so very good! He will see us through. Oh,
    to be so fully trusting and leaning into Jesus no matter what the situation. I want to be there – clinging and resting!

  25. I’m trusting God!
    I’m trusting Him to remove the other woman from my husbands life immediately and restore my marriage and family! To first restore my husband to Himself!!

  26. I’m trusting God. He is more than enough. The Lord has been bringing to my mind scripture about overcoming in the midst of trials. God comforts me through all I go through because I know Him as Savior, Father, Shepherd, great high priest and so much more. I am hanging on and not letting go.`

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