Trust Marker

January 17, 2015

Rest and Be Faithful JA

Yesterday on the phone with some good friends catching up about life and IF:Gathering.

Karen said, “Jennie, you are really calm! It’s kind of crazy.”

Haha! Yep.  IF:Gathering is only a few weeks away and I could not feel more peaceful. I am finally in this place where I have seen too many miracles to worry. I KNOW God is real and for us and with us. And I trust Him. This is His. We get to watch.

Our lives are a gift that we get to serve God and obey Him and love Him with these days that we have here. I think I’ve turned that it into pressure at certain points. I told myself that I needed to do something big or great, but I’m learning that this isn’t about something for God. It’s about doing something with God.

I think I look at our generation, and I see so much passion and joy and fervor to impact the world and spend our lives well. I relate to that. I feel like I’m a part of that. But I’ve messed up in thinking that He wanted something from me. God wants to do the works that He prepared in advance with me.

I’m learning to lean into the joy of a daily walk with God rather than focusing on the great works that I think He wants from me.

Here is the reason I am calm….

I finally… let go.

Trust Marker

And some days it is IF:Gathering but if I am honest most days it is letting go of my 15 year old, who needs my trust right now more than my lectures. For you it may be a job or an illness or a dream or a rebel child or a brand new pregnancy filled with fear from a previous miscarriage or a longing to be married…. We all hold too tightly to something- it’s what we do as humans.

What are you clinging onto- trying to control? Trying to force? Trying to make happen?

I am a fan of markers. Mine was in the mountains of Canada when I was not expecting it- God met me and I let go- through a mixture of tears and laughter I called it- shouting at the sky. (Because my markers usually contain some drama.)

I left the pressure there.

I left the need to prove myself there.

I left the performance there.

I told God, “I hear you. You have this! You have me. I will rest.”

To help remind you to rest, to leave the pressure, to perform, we created this simple tool to print, write down what you are trusting God with today, and post somewhere you can see it, maybe the refrigerator, your bathroom mirror, at your desk. Fill it out and share what you’re trusting God with us online using the hashtag #trustmarker

Click the image below to download the PDF:

Trust Tool


So today I want to give you the chance to let go…. to make your mark… to hand over whatever it is.

What do you need to trust God with?

21 Responses to “Trust Marker”

  1. Hello sisterhood! My name’s Liuba. I am from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I read Jannie’s posts and thankful for them – they are very helpful! I need to trust God in many things. But now I need to trust God in my relationship with some of my course mates who insulted me. I have desire to stand for myself and respond to them (actually to her) in a very straightforward manner. But on the other hand I don’t want to make myself worry even more about the atmosphere in the group. So, I need to trust God in this situation and leave it to Him “for He cares for you” (2 Peter 5:7). So I leave my trust marker here.

  2. This is confirmation. God was telling me not to try so hard. I have been trying to do that (HaHa), trying to relax and just do what I can. I like the part of trusting God to get it done. I am saving this post so I can use it when I start trying too hard, trying to push myself to do more. I know what God wants me to do, I just feel inadequate to do it. This post is just what I needed. Thank you.

  3. Whitney Putnam

    Letting go of control too. This is my place. My area. I love to control and I have a tendency to get so task driven to miss the interruptions. I know God always does things so upside down anyway. I want that. So I am totally with you Jennie! Thanks for speaking into these hard places.

  4. #trustmaker i feel this is written for me whos life is out of control from my prospective but not in God’s. This could not be more timely. We don’t have any jobs in my household and my life feels like it has been on hold since i graduated from school. you think you going for something then you get a stop sign. Since that stop only temporary things have been happpening for me it is not what i yearn for.

  5. Heart palpitations, spinning, inability to be still well. Feelings of inadequacy and persecuting thoughts are pressing in on me. God’s Spirit speaks to me in the chaos giving me a picture of Him taking my face (like I would my own child’s) and gently turning it to focus on Him. Our eyes lock and everything changes. He reminds me of His promises and purpose. I leave our meeting reoriented, refreshed and renewed. If I could only grasp His great love! This is the battlefield continuously at work in my mind. Lord, help me to take every thought captive and make it obedient to you. Help me, as Jennie said, to walk with you instead of for you.

  6. Oh, I needed to read this. I am struggling today…..fear and doubt are doing their very best to invade my every thought. My husband needs a job. We’ve been without a job for 9 months now. Most days I am able to trust and rest in God…..I’ve seen His provision SO clearly…..but today is hard as we received yet another no yesterday. Thanks for this post. Today I WILL trust Him with providing a job.

  7. thank you for this gift. The gift of letting go of comparing and perfectionism, and the gift of trusting a Great God that He is the One that works and that I don’t have to strive…just rest, and obey. God is faithful. Thank you for this gift.

  8. Stacy Bosma

    Trust!!! I need to trust. My husband’s family is fighting for their farm and we feel attacked and it’s hard to see the good. So I need to trust God and his promises.

  9. Lindsey Ruby

    I need to trust God with the fact that He is big enough. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone except my love to Him. That’s it.


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