What are some of the roots and lies you are telling yourself? Do you reflect on why you react in certain ways?
We nurture things in our lives that we think we can control but then they control us. This happens many times with alcohol, drugs, sex. These are some of the self-medicating ways we deal with pain, guilt or shame.
In this week’s Trust Minute, we discuss how trust in God helps us change the way we think about the things we cannot control.
In our podcast #7, Pauly shares a story about how her dad did not want to help her mom take the groceries in the house when she came home from shopping. Therefore, Pauly thought I would not want to do this either. This was an irritation to her until we talked about it and she realized I was happy to do this, I just needed to know that is what she wanted. This type of communication is important in a relationship.
In chapter 2 of our book, Learning How to Trust we say,
“Coddling or incubating the dragon egg equals allowing you to consider the possibility of succumbing to temptation. An incubated egg holds the promise of hatching. When Amanda found the dragon eggs, she could have immediately destroyed them, but she let herself suppose that these eggs might be the exceptions to Caretaker’s (who represents God in this story) rule.
Likewise, when the serpent asked Eve in the Garden of Eden, ‘Did God really mean it when He said you couldn’t eat from any tree in the garden that you want t,’” Eve could have walked away. She could have said, ‘You’re a Liar, and I’m not going to talk to you.’ But she gave herself permission to think that perhaps God didn’t mean what He said. This consideration eventually led to action. She broke the one rule—the only rule—God had given her. She ate the fruit of the one tree—the only tree—of which God had said not to eat.”