In Avoidance We Trust

{The eighth installment in the In ____We Trust Series}

Honored to welcome writer Elizabeth Giertz to the blog. A veteran turned army wife, Liz is a strong and courageous proclaimer of the Lord's goodness and truth. This post was originally featured on Liz’s blog and is shared in this series with her permission. Please join me in welcoming Liz and praying with her for those who serve to protect us and our freedom (and those who love them!)

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I laced up my boots and straightened my starched uniform every morning as I left for work before the sun rose above the horizon. I was a Soldier and a combat veteran.

Strong. Confident. Competent.

But I packed a MESSY secret deep in my cargo pockets.

I couldn’t shake the thought of a black sedan with government tags pulling up in front of my town house and dress uniform wearing Soldiers knocking on my door. My heart pounded and my stomach was tied in knots. For months on end, I did everything within my power to be anywhere but home during official notification hours.

If your spouse has been deployed in a combat zone, this scenario might sound familiar.

But for me, common fear crossed the line into unhealthy anxiety.

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By the grace of God, my husband came home from that deployment unscathed, but my experience uncovered an uncomfortable truth in my heart.

My faith had been tested and found insufficient. I lacked confidence that God would take care of me if something should happen to my husband. I was consumed by fear because my the roots of my faith were shallow.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation?

A lack of trust often presents itself as worry, fear, anxiety, discouragement, or a constant desire to fix things our own way.

I believed in God and knew that His son was sacrificed for my salvation, but I didn’t have a relationship with Him. Believing in God and trusting Him are not necessarily synonymous. To trust Him, we must know Him – like a Friend, Father, Protector, Sovereign Lord, and Redeemer. To establish a strong relationship with Him we must read His love letters and communicate with Him in prayer.

My faith had to be more than an entry on my dog tags.

To find peace in troubling times trust God.

Instead of being consumed by my earthly needs, I learned to seek God’s Kingdom and then trust Him to provide all that I require for righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

In place of fretting I began to pray and give thanks (Philippians 4:6-7) even for the smallest of blessings, acknowledging that all goodness comes from above.

Rather than agonizing over the possibility that I would suffer unspeakable pain, I trusted God would never leave nor forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6) no matter what happened, because He is near the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).

In lieu of allowing worry to consume me, I began to cast my cares on the Lord, knowing that He cares for me more than I can imagine (1 Peter 5:7).

Friends, it works.

Since instituting these practices into my life, I have not experienced a single moment of all-consuming anxiety during any of my husband’s more recent deployments. In fact, I have learned to look forward to deployments as periods of significant spiritual growth, but that is another post altogether.

I replaced worry with trust.

This I know, that God is for me.

In God, whose word I praise,

In the Lord, whose Word I praise,

In God I trust, I shall not be afraid.

Psalm 56:9-11

Will you join me? Together, let’s commit to trusting God so that the enemy cannot steal one more second of the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

For the next few weeks, guests will be writing each Monday on something (or someone) we tend to trust in besides God. 

What about you? How do you fill in the blank: In ______ I Trust?

This post will also be shared on: #TestimonyTuesday, #RaRaLinkup, #Intentionally Pursuing, #WomenWithIntention, #TellHiStory, #Thought-Provoking Thursday, #DanceWithJesus, #LLMLinkup, Faith-Filled Friday, Sitting Among Friends, and #SoulSurvivalLinkup.

0 Replies to “In Avoidance We Trust

  1. Thanks for including me in this great series. Avoidance has never gotten me very far, that’s for sure! I pray others will open up today and face their fears with a healthy dose of trust in the Lord!

  2. Replacing worry with trust …I love this,Liz. It amazes me that you now look forward to your husband’s deployments as opportunities for spiritual growth. I guess that goes to show the power of what God did in you during that time when you avoided being at home during official notification hours. Phew! Wonderful post!

  3. When I was pregnant with my first child I had severe morning sickness. That season opened my eyes to how much I wasn’t trusting in God or walking in faith. That was a season of spiritual growth also. Since then I’ve learned (God has used the trials of life), to stand by using His Word. You’re right, it does work!

    1. I’m so sorry you were so sick! Trials lead to growth when we look for their lesson. Thanks for sharing, Kelly!

  4. I was in similar shoes as you; it was my daughter’s boyfriend (who was like a son to me and indeed ultimately became my son-in-law). I found that the situation of his deployment to the front lines felt SOOO out of my control that all I could do was trust God. (If only, I could learn this for the smaller things in life, but your insights into Scripture for different aspects of worry and fear are going to be sooo helpful!) I created a Scripture prayer and made a laminated copy for him to carry in his pocked so that he would remember I was praying over him constantly. The peace I felt as I prayed was other-worldly. The Great God of Peace quieted my fears.

    I found out after he came home that God spared my son-in-law’s life not once but three times in amazingly miraculous ways! (One such time, he stepped on an IED that did not explode!)

    You are so right that it is during those times that our faith grows exponentially.

    Thank you so much for sharing this encouraging post!

    1. Oh, Karen! That is so powerful! Is he still serving? God is so good to give us peace when we take our fears to Him!

      1. Thank you.

        There were a few big bumps during the first years of inactive duty back home, but the Lord has sustained my son-in-law, and he and my daughter are now walking closely with the Lord, involved in their church and attending various marriage Bible studies. They also now have a beautiful 16 month old girl, my precious granddaughter! 🙂 God is so good!

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