I used to be afraid to trust God


“I used to be afraid to trust God.

And it really bothered me.

I wanted to slip my hand in His and let Him lead.

I wanted to put my concerns in His capable arms

and believe He could take better care of them than I could. 

I wanted to have more faith.

But I didn’t.


 Then one day I realized…

It’s hard for me to trust someone I don’t really know.

And there I found the reason for my hearts hesitancy to trust God.


You see, I knew a lot about God but I didn’t really know God.

So I decided to start spending time with Him like a friend, getting to know Him.

 Talking to Him, listening to Him through promises in the Bible, and

depending on Him in different circumstances and through different fears.

Over time my “knowing” and trusting God got stronger and stronger.

And my depth of dependence grew as I depended
on Him and found that He is dependable.” 

From my A Confident Heart Devotional book


A promise for the heart that’s afraid to trust God

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
    I’ve called your name. You’re mine.

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
    When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
    it won’t be a dead end—

Because I am God, your personal God,
    The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
    all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!

That’s how much you mean to me!
    That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
    trade the creation just for you.

Isaiah 43:2-4, The Message

Is there one thing you can do today to get to know God better?
Is there one step you can take to trust Him with something or
someone you’re afraid to let go of?

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About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.