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Proverbs 3:5-6

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

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When faced with the loss of someone very dear to him, Carlos had to wrestle with the question – can I trust God even when my heart breaks? He shares what he learned in today’s reading.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” is actually tattooed on my chest just above my heart as a reminder for me to always trust Him, even when my heart breaks.

Most of you may know my Mom passed away a few years ago after battling with a very aggressive form of lupus. The disease not only took its toll on her body, but our family, finances, even some close friendships. Something my mom kept repeating to me was this verse, “Trust in the Lord” she would say to me. Trust that He has a plan, that He knows what He’s doing.

Yet at that time all I saw was Him was taking my mom away from me, tearing my family apart and draining my parents’ savings to pay for the mounting medical costs. I looked around me and saw nothing but chaos and tears! But when I looked at my mom I saw peace and rest. Like the song from Ryan Stevenson “Eye of the Storm,” she found peace in the storm by fixing her eyes on Christ.

Ultimately, her healing came in the arms of Jesus. She passed from this world on April 7th, 2006 after a 7 year battle with lupus. I’ve always looked at that little number coincidence as God’s way of showing me He’s in control. In the Bible, the number 7 often represents completion or perfection. Her time here was complete and her healing is now perfect.

Looking back God’s glory is evident in so many areas. The chaos her battle brought to my family ultimately gave way to healing. Old wounds that had kept members of my family from speaking to each other for years were healed, the financial stress of the medical costs were taken care of, and friends who I hadn’t seen in years came to celebrate the life of my mom. God took care of it all.

When you look around what do you see? Chaos? Disarray? Fix your eyes on Christ and trust that He has a plan. Because I can promise you that even when we don’t understand it, He knows what He’s doing. We can find peace and rest in God’s guidance and direction which will exceed anything we ever thought imaginable – all we have to do is trust Him.

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

Trusting God – Learning to trust God in every aspect of our lives often comes through a lot of trial and error. Christian maturity doesn’t happen overnight; we all need reminders of some of the most basic truths, which is why this is one of the most quoted Scripture passages. However, when we are able to rest in God’s guidance and direction, we “will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” (Phil 4:7).

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Thekingoftoys
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Wow, stuck a powerful testimony. I pray God gives me such strength when he calls my mother who is 89 home. She holds are family together.

cameran_smith
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Looking back on the good at a time when heartbreak was so overwhelming can be hard. I’ve experienced the loss of family, friends, and even dreams, and it is still challenging to be able to see God’s hand in it all. Great job, Carlos.

Stacy
Member

This made me cry. It was something I needed to hear. I am going through a really tough time with my job and have been questioning why God hasn’t sent me an answer. I know I have to trust in Him and realize that He has never let me down before.

Sherry_00
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God always answers sometimes it is yes, sometimes no, and sometimes wait. Sometimes we feel he doesn’t answer when it isn’t the answer we want but He always knows best. I pray peace for you, Stacy.

Stacy
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Thank you!!!

Catherine Waters
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Thank you for sharing this, because sometimes I wonder if I am the only one feeling this exact same way. Praying for both of us to have clarity, even if the answer is no or wait.

Parsonsdl1@gmail.com
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It really made me cry as well. I am unemployed and bee trying everything I can trying to find a job. I have been going to ma lny interviews and no offers. I will be praying for your job I hope that every thing works out.

susieqgray
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My mother is 80, I know our time is probably short, I am so thankful for having her in my life. In our deepest sorrow, God draws close and embraces us. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

Roberta
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Carlos, I have listened to your stories of your mom for years and pray for you each time. My family knows the devastation of lupus, scleroderma, Raynauds and a whole host of autoimmune issues well. I have a mother-in-law, sister and cousin who all deal with issues caused by these ‘orphan’ diseases. Just know how proud your mother is of you as she looks down from the loving arms of Jesus and covers you, Amber and her new grandson with love that knows no boundaries.

Teresa
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Thank you for the sweet reminder this am that God is Sovereign in each and every circumstance. Having just lost my father 7 weeks ago, there is “stuff” that is having to be worked thru ….. I can only trust in our Father’s timing.

taelorbarnette
Member

That is so good! I’ve always heard that “what you magnify grows.” So if you fix your eyes on Jesus, that’s what you’re magnifying!

Tparrott88
Member

This is exactly what I needed to read this morning, thank you.

Nancy
Member

Thank you carlos,I loss my dad an baby sister 5 yrs ago,one month apart,dad,81,sister was 55,both of cancer.even though my dad was 81,my sisters loss was heart braking,55.since her death she has 3 new grandkids,but even though it’s sad,I’ve been at peace with both deaths,I know one day I will see them again,god is in control,an I feel both are better off than us here in a world that has gone crazy,an best of all they are with jesus🤗🤗

Cynthia
Member

Yes from my own experience with my grandchildren being held hostage and abused, the healing and results are beautiful. He teaches us to trust in only Him and He heals and restores. Praise His name!

Patti
Member

Thank you for sharing this! I can’t imagine you loss but I can imagine Gods peace. I’m striving to attain that.

George
Member

Wow Great Testimony all I can say is God is good !

klsweet
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I do see chaos around me right now. This past January, my 22 year old nephew was murdered. His killers have not been caught, yet, and it has rocked all of our worlds. I am trying to trust in God and look to Him during this storm, but it is hard; especially, when we haven’t seen justice, yet. I know justice will be served, but the selfish part of me wants to see it on earth!

Chip
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I am so sorry Carlos for your lose! I just found out 2 weeks ago I have Lupus and have had for a couple of years but i am a typical guy and will not go to the hospital unless i need stitches. This month is a month that my hole life is being torn down. I have just decides to let Gods well be and trust that he has a plain for me no matter how bad it gets. I just cry and then i sing to myself ((My God is an awesome God)) refocus and go on with… Read more »
Nancy
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Chip,god bless you,I pray all goes better than you think.I know it will be very hard at times but keep the faith,hold onto jesus.try to think positive even when you have a very hard time doing it.jesus is with you ((hugs))

Chip
Member

Thank you Nancy! I know everything is God plane & even though i can’t understand why. All i can do is believe in him & trust his will be done.

BHart
Member

Thank you for telling your story.

cfowler
Member

I am truly sorry for your loss. It is wonderful to know that you mom is in the arms of our precious Lord.

Tstone
Member
Okay Carlos you made me snot, LOL! I lost my mom on February 21. She had been battling cancer for 3 years and it ravaged her body. However, the peace on her face when she knew her battle was over is something I will never allow myself to forget. I was at her bedside crying(snotting) and she looked over at me and asked me why my chin was red. I’m an UGLY crier. I get all red and blotchy. I told her it was probably because I had been crying. She just smiled and said, “Don’t cry for me. I… Read more »
Regina
Member

It was hard for me to trust God after my husband passed away from cancer. But then I finally got okay with it and realized God did not intend to cause me pain, but it was HIS will and I had to accept that. God is always in control.

tracy miller
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When you have experienced that Holy Spirit peace when life is raging and waters are crashing all around ‘… It is something that you will NEVER forget! The hard part for my stubborn heart is to SURRENDER that and to actually TRUST God with my heart (not just my words and head knowledge). it’s an encounter with God that even amazed me! From “Finding Comfort in the Pain” devotional on free Bible app. Prayer: “Jesus, thank You for inviting me on Your boat. I trust You to get us to the other side. Will You give me Your same confidence… Read more »
mariposa0810
Member

Very nicely said, sometimes it’s hard to remember especially during those times of “chaos” that God has a plan for us. Thank you so much for sharing your story it really helps me to remember to always trust in Him.

Nanakaty58
Member

Thanks Carlos I’ve had a lot of loss in my family also at that time I was angry at God for 7 yrs my family went through the illnesses and loss of my sister,my mother,and my father I was lost at that time doing drugs and drinking and very depressed but God brought me back to him and am understanding of trusting him. In 2013several yrs later I lost my niece but I was able to lean onGod and trust him. He always has a plan Praise the Lord

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thank you i needed that, although i’ve been living it the last 6 weeks, i still needed to read this!!!

Stef
Member

What a powerful testimony..we overcome by the words of our testimony. I thank God for you sharing and the platform for which it is being shared. Alot of people will be blessed by this and it gives reassurance that God knows what he is doing and what’s best for us.

kellyfreestone
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At nine months pregnant, I had stroke symptoms. It was only myself and my four year old son alone at home. I struggled to say, “Pray for mommy!” And the poor kid was like…okay. I got angry with God. “How can I trust you and put my life in your hands for surgery (c-section) if I can’t trust you to help me at my scariest moment?” Well I knew God was in control. If anyone was, it was Him. This was a simple factoid in my brain, and it definitely wasn’t coming across as faith. So I finally had to… Read more »
JennyChestnut
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I lost my mom last year, she was only 66 and she died very suddenly. She was not sick and we had no warning. She just died. It is the hardest thing that my sister and I have ever gone through and it is still hard every single day. I rest in the fact that she is in heaven and in the arms of Jesus. God has led the way every day in my life since then and I know that He is in control!

Member

The more my body deteriorats the more I see Christ. After 17 surgeries I suffer from severe Chronic pain and Fibromyalgia. My faith has grown leaps and bounds in the last few years because I can no longer depend on my self. I am now thankful for my trials because I now have a growing relationship with Christ. And on those really bad days…I fix my eyes and mind on Him and focus on resting. I know my physical outlook will probably get worse…but what I am certain is that my relationship will get better with Christ!

Rhonda
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Thanks, Carlos. I lost my Dad 8 months ago. My life was completely changed, and I’ve struggled with the emotional and situational fall out. I think it’s so easy to just focus on the feelings associated with grief. This verse teaches us that healing isn’t just about feelings. It’s about thinking – trusting that God has a plan that we can’t see or understand. That’s the essence of faith. So, we have to change the way we think about the loss. Of course this is easier said than done. We are, however, free to ask the Lord for help with… Read more »
Terri
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God bless you, Carrie Ann! You are an inspiration. May you continue to feel His Presence and experience His lavish love. Praying g for you.

sasunday
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Talk about chaos. I am in the midst of the worst chaos that I never thought I would face. My husband is ripping our family apart and destroying our lives with his decision to divorce. He even had a panic attack about it all last night. It’s just horrible and so wrong. I have been able to keep it together only through prayer and trust in God. I know He has a plan I just keep praying that His plan is the restoration of my marriage but, if that is not His plan I know that He will be with… Read more »
WAY-FM
WAY-FM

We’re praying for you!

Terri
Member

Praying for you! Ps.40:1-3

Cali
Member

It is so hard to give it all to God. I pray for that daily.. that I trust all in God and his Plan. Even though I don’t understand it. God is good!

vsroberts41
Member

Thank you so much for sharing. I really needed this one today.

Terri
Member

Death of a loved one is so hard, even when we KNOW they are with Jesus. We were created to live forever; that makes the separation difficult. But we have this anchor of hope, firm and secure, in knowing it is not the end.. it is a change of address and we will be with them again in our eternal home.

medgem
Member

Thank you for this today. Timing was perfect for me as today is the 8th anniversary of losing my preemie daughter Hannah Joy at just 23 weeks pregnant. While usually I am open about Hannah and want God to use her story to minister to others with similar losses, I struggle with how much a date on the calendar can get to me. God has brought us through so much and I needed a perspective reminder today!

Bernice E. Smith
Member

Carlos, I have only been listening to WAYFM a few years. While working I was only able to enjoy The Wally show and you and Joy. Through your struggles you guys really shine. You’re an inspiration! Keep trusting in Him. God bless you all.

Rosland85
Member
Hi Carlos and Everyone! You all have such amazing stories about what you have and have yet to do to reach total surrender. Thank you for generously bringing me into you darkest times and showing me how you found light. Some days, I feel like I’m in a battle for my life in all aspects, but then a simple verse I run to opens a window in my heart for me to breathe and rest assured that God’s got me! I tell you the honest truth: when I run to my devotional each day, I hear and feel his gentle… Read more »
Lysa
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My mother battled dementia/altzheimers for almost 20 years…a disease so hard to understand and difficult to go through. It wasn’t until toward the end that I set my eyes on Him; would have had so much peace and less guilt had I focused earlier:(

Stephannie
Member

I appreciate the reminder that even the most mature Christians need to be reminded of some of the most basic principles in Christianity. Sometimes it those simpler truths that we stumble over most! Thanks for the reminder

Cody D
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Carlos, I cannot begin to understand how hard it was on you to see your Mom suffer from Lupus and then ultimately lose her fight with the disease. I don’t know what I would do if I lost my Mom, but I hope that I will handle it as well as you did. Me and my mom are very close, closer than most because she is my primary caregiver. I have Muscular Dystrophy, so I can’t walk or use my arms much, which means I need her help with lots of things; I depend on her. She is a strong… Read more »
gina
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God is good!!! All the time, through everything. This is not our home, we are meant to live with Him. One by one he takes his children home. But us, as believers that are still here on earth miss our loved ones and the people we know who don’t know Jesus we do what we can to bring them to Christ, for God doesn’t want any of his children to perish.

Big Country
Member

Such a great reminder! Thanks for sharing your story! It is so true that we need to keep our eyes and focus on Christ even in the midst of storms. It’s so tough but so worth it as I have learned in my personal experiences.

tstephens427
Member
Absolutely love this posting today. It’s been the hardest thing for me, in the midst of my storm! Trusting God that my pain has a purpose. Married nearly 28 years, I always knew my husband had a problem with pornography, but the last time I discovered his “stash”, just devastated me! It was such a big collection, really screamed at me, are you going to continue to let this happen under your nose? Throw in a re-established “friendship” with his first love, thanks to Facebook (yay) that went on for 4 years under my nose, and then, finally his discovery… Read more »
WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Thanks for pouring out your heart and sharing. We have staff meetings weekly at WAY-FM and will be praying for you about this tomorrow.

AmberLaRue
Member

Thank you for pouring your heart out and openness of your story. I will be praying for you

Terri
Member

Praying for you and your whole family. Praying that you will feel His Presence and know that He is with you. Praying you will be covered with His armor.

Missy P
Member
Carlos, I can relate to your pain. I have been dealing with loss on many different levels. Both my parents died young. I am a single mother of two, and I recently lost my job after I gave up my regular job of 7 year job. Now, I am dealing with a break-up after 3 years of dating. I could ask the same question, Why God? I often struggle with the “why me” questions. What have I done to deserve such pain and tragedy? This week, I received confirmation from my 6 year old when I picked her up from… Read more »
Terri
Member

Praise God for His faithfulness.

AmberLaRue
Member
This speaks very close to my heart since I was diagnosed with lupus in college. I have thankfully been able to manage the pain and illnesses most of the time. I do have the typical flare ups. Currently now I’m in a highly active time. It is never easy to explain when you look so “healthy” how can you be so sick. It’s also never fun to have something control your life that often feels so out of control. I am trying to put my trust in God more and more with every breath I breathe. Personally this calls to… Read more »
Kari
Member

Thank you for sharing!

Theresa Doreen De Lima
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Theresa Doreen De Lima

Thank you Carlos for your advice right now I am going through a storm but I trust in the Lord

Denise.ml
Member
Thank-you Carlos. 2015 was a year of learning to TRUST GOD in all areas of my life. It was a big time of growth for me in my faith. after learning to trust God explicitly, I can give testimony to the PEACE I experience every day. I am growing stronger in Christ and am better able to focus on God each day. I know more trials are ahead, but feel less frightened of what’s to come. To think this started with a well thought out New Years Resolution! Who knew ? Not me… Not then, but I do now.
Betsyquinn1
Member

This hit me so hard tonight. Even though it’s not the loss of a loved one at this moment. It’s about the loss of a loving marriage. I know God has a plan and I am trying so hard to put it in His hands. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart!! Hear my prayers O Lord!!

damarysv
Member

Thank you for this powerful message.

Ashley
Member

Thank you for sharing Carlos, Mom and I really needed this today!

Robbie
Guest

Thanks for sharing Carlos! The God of the mountain is still God in the valley.

MISSBee
Member

God bless you, Carlos. I enjoy you and Joy immensely!

Amanda
Guest

I too lost my mom back in June of 2005. One of the worst experiences of my life. Not long before losing my mom my parents started having some relationship problem. 3 years later I had to have a hysterectomy leaving me childless. These 3 things often left me questioning God and his plan. I still wrestle with those questions but can also see God”s hand is at work as well.

Missy P
Member

The bible makes reference to going through suffering, pain, disappointments so God can be glorified. It is not an easy concept to swallow when you are going through these trials, but there is always a blessing at the end of these struggles for us or for someone else. I am going through my own storm right now but when I listen intently, I can hear these words “Be Still and Know that I am God.”

Be bless.

kkoerner
Member

Thank you for sharing your story. Pain is a tool God allows to draw us to Him. We are then accountable to share and draw others to Him. Just wanted to let you know your pain and story has significance. I thank you for revisiting an uncomfortable place to share the peace available in the times we must dig so very deep to the rawest part of that pain.

Omali Longwell
Member
This message touched my heart in a BIG way! My oldest son suffered an injury due to football his 3rd game of the season in his junior year of high school that caused him to be out for the rest of the season. At first this was devastating for my son and us because he wants to play on college and this was suppose to be his break out year and he was doing GREAT up to that point. After it happened I was a little angry at God because I just could not understand why. He had suffered an… Read more »
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