Linda Wood Rondeau

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IS IT FAITH OR TRUST
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by DAVALYNN SPECER

PLEASE WELCOME

DAVALYNN SPENCER

TO

DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY

 

“Faith is something we carry with us. Trust, on the other hand, is something we do. The two work together, like the light and darker weave in that jacquard-patterned scarf.”

So says the mother figure in my recently released historical romance, Just in Time for Christmas.

The word “recently” carries a lot of weight here for me, because it has been only recently in my life that I discovered the difference between these two concepts of faith and trust. I’ve always meshed them into one.

Yes, they are often used interchangeably, but as a writer, when I recognized the noun-verb differentiation, the proverbial lightbulb went on.

I suppose one could say that trust puts feet on our faith. I have faith in God, but do I trust Him enough to act upon it?

A well-known Christian author, educator, and theologian, Dr. Dallas Willard, put it like this: “God gives us faith so we can trust Him.”

I thought about that for a few days after I heard it and decided that I agreed since faith is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 among the gifts given by the Holy Spirit. But faith is also listed as a fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV). This makes me smile because in my writerly eye I see two trees – one a Christmas tree adorned with ornaments (like gifts) and one a fruit tree that has produced its own ornamentation.

Elsewhere in my favorite Bible book of Psalms, we read: “Trust in the Lord and do good” (Psalms 37:3). The first eight verses of this Psalm are full of action-packed directives – things we can do when we trust God.

As we press closer into the Thanksgiving season, let’s be sure to thank the Lord for His fruitful gift of faith that enables us to walk out our trust in Him.

ABOUT DAVALYNN SPENCER

Davalynn Spencer can’t stop #lovingthecowboy. As the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, she writes romance for those who enjoy a Western tale with a rugged hero, both historical and contemporary. She holds the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction, teaches writing workshops, and plays the keyboard on her church worship team. When she’s not writing, teaching, or playing, she’s wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Learn more about Davalynn and her books at www.davalynnspencer.com. Sign up for her newsletter http://eepurl.com/xa81D and receive a free historical novella.

ABOUT JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

Abigale Millerton leaves a Denver girl’s school and returns to her grandparents’ high-country ranch to find the boy she’d grown up with is now a man—and butting in on her challenge with local timber thieves. If he’d stop telling her what to do, they might get along.

Seth Holt has loved Abigale since before he knew better. And now that she’s back, she’s still as bull-headed as ever. But Seth can match her, and he’s determined to keep her out of harm’s way and in his line of sight. Trouble is, he’d rather keep her in his arms.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Time-Christmas-High-Country-inspirational-ebook/dp/B07Z2C5HDT/

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