Trust in the Lord NMW

Proverbs 3.5-6

On Saturday in the post, No Rivals for my love, we discussed suffering for the cause of Christ. Job was our example from the Old Testament. Today, I would like to add Corrie ten Boom to this conversation for truly she lived out Proverbs 3:5-6.

Corrie ten Boom

The following article written by Jeanne Doyon @ crosswalk.com briefly tells her story. On tomorrow’s Wisdom Wednesday, I will share some of her quotes and Scriptures that will encourage us to always trust in the Lord.

The Faith of Corrie ten Boom
Jeanne Doyon Crosswalk.com Contributor
2013 6 Sep

The Faith of Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom April 15, 1892 – April 15, 1983

Corrie (Cornelia) ten Boom is one of my heroes of the faith. She was the daughter of a Dutch watchmaker living in Holland during WWII. She and her family hid Jews in their home to protect them from being sent to the prison camps. One day the Nazi officers arrested Corrie and her family for hiding Jewish people in their home and they were sent to prison. Corrie and her sister Betsie were eventually sent to the Ravensbruck death camp. Corrie is the only one of her family that survived, and her story is written in her book called The Hiding Place.

What I love most about Corrie is her simple wisdom and devotion to the Lord. She endured such evil, including seeing her family die in the horrid camp conditions. Yet she radiates with the light of God’s love and peace. In her book Tramp for the Lord she tells the story about how years after her release from the concentration camp, she came in contact with one of the most brutal prison guards and extended forgiveness to him. Her life is an example of how God works in and through our lives, carrying us through the hardships. And she is an amazing testimony to His faithfulness and how His light can shine even in the darkest places.

Corrie’s story prompts me to ask some probing questions about my faith walk.

What Message am I Leaving Behind?

Corrie ten Boom’s story of faith is inspiring and timeless. Her legacy lives on through her penned words. Lives continue to be touched even though she has been gone since 1983. It is words like these from Tramp for the Lord that fill my sails with hope to continue on life’s journey:

I soon discovered that man’s importunity is God’s opportunity. He uses our problems as building materials for His miracles.  Page 35

God has plans—not problems—for our lives. Page 10 

Before she died in the concentration camp in Ravensbruck, my sister Betsie said to me, “Corrie, your whole life has been a training for the work you are doing here in prison—and for the work you will do afterward.” Page 11

…whether I am walking in the bright light of His presence, or abiding under the shadow of the Almighty, I know that He is not only with me, He is in me. Page 63

What a treasure trove of encouragement! This inspires me to think, every believer is leaving behind hope for the next generation. What will your message be? What will mine say to future generations?

Am I Trusting God to Lead?

In Tramp for the Lord, Corrie tells of her adventures of feeling led by the Lord to go from country to country to tell her story after her release from the Ravensbruck death camp. She boarded a plane without hotel reservations, scheduled speaking engagements, or details, trusting the Lord to lead her when she arrived. And the amazing thing is that He did.

Corrie’s adventures make me realize how much I play it safe. I look at my world with two-dimensional reason rather than three-dimensional faith. There is a part of me that wants to be like Corrie—totally trusting—completely surrendered—and in tune with the voice of my Father. There is a desire to understand Whittier’s words that say, the steps of faith fall on the seeming void and find the rock beneath.

WOW!

So, What Hinders Me?

The strongest hindrance I have is myself.  I second guess my impressions and come up with reasons why I shouldn’t take them seriously.

Corrie tells a story when she felt impressed by the Lord to go to Argentina. She replied, “Yes, but…” and then remembered that serving the Lord should always be answered with, “Yes, Lord.”

I think I use a lot of ‘buts’ in my thinking. But, what if I take on too much? But, what if I’m not hearing correctly? 

The other reason I struggle is that I have burned out so many times. When burnout happens, it’s usually because I have been depending on my own ability, thinking I have got it covered. It sneaks up like a stealth fighter and in an instant, I find myself on my face crying out for help—His help. He’s been there all along but will allow me to take the reins in order to show me how much I need Him.

He is my strength when I am weak… The truth is—He is my strength all the time. Unless I am depending on His Holy Spirit power, I am kidding myself. There is nothing of Kingdom value I can accomplish on my own. But, I find when I am plugged into His power source I accomplish more with less effort. It isn’t me. It can never be me unless I am surrendered to Him each day.

Corrie passed through the fire during her time in the concentration camp. I think there is a dependence that develops when we have nothing left but Him. In my humanness, I don’t want to face hardships like that, but I do want to learn more about the deep trust she found in her Heavenly Papa.

How about you? Is ‘but, Lord’ in your vocabulary too? What might the Lord be asking you to do?

Discover the Rich Resource of Corrie’s Life

If you have never read Corrie ten Boom’s books, I encourage you to look for them. You will be blessed by her stories. I pray I never have to endure what she went through but part of me wants a relationship with God like hers. She was an amazing woman who was sold out to obedience to her Heavenly Father. Her story and her example continue to inspire others to this day.

Corrie died on her 91st birthday in 1983. There is an interesting Jewish tradition that says only very blessed people are allowed the special privilege of dying on their birthday!

She has certainly blessed me.

Find out more about Corrie:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrie_ten_Boom

http://www.tenboom.org/

Corrie ten Boom quotes on Goodreads

Jeanne Doyon
www.jeannedoyon.blogspot.com.

O Heavenly Father, Blessed is Your Holy Name! Thank you for Corrie ten Boom. May her life inspire us to never be afraid to trust our lives to Your heart and hand. Thank You for making our paths straight. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Psalm 50.15

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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24 thoughts on “Trust in the Lord NMW

  1. Corrie Ten Boom is one of my heroes. Thank you for the inspiration and the reminder that though I’m learning to live by faith I’ve a long way to go, and God has provided awesome examples to follow. Saving and sharing.

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  2. I have a devotional Bible with some of Corrie’s writings in it. She is awesome and her faith is so inspiring. I often ponder if she had any direct contact with any of my relatives in Nazi Germany. Sadly, none of my family held firm to their Jewish roots perhaps out of fear of persecution. There has been in the past and even now an uneasiness between many Christians and Jews. Fearless ground shakers like Corrie ten Boom help me to see there are people in both these faiths who love and care for each other with a passion for the Lord. Thank you for sharing a precious and valuable part of Jewish and Christian history. Blessings!

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    1. Blessings Liz and thanks so much for your comments. They add to this conversation and I can not imagine the horror and the fight to maintain faith…only God! So blessed by Corrie’s story and the perspective it brings to true suffering for the cause of Christ and as a blessing for others. Bless you and your family today!

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  3. ( Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV ) “Trust in the LORD ( ADONAI ) with all thine Heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways Acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy Paths.”!! TRUST in the LORD Jesus-Yeshua Christ with All Thine HEART and SOUL!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  4. You truly blessed me with your post. Revealing the challenges you face when “in your humanness” is so real. I know this feeling of guilt I experience with these same feelings are from the enemy. I bless GOD for you and your openness. It is encouraging for me and I’m sure for many others. Thank you for sharing the GOD-given strength of Corrie ten Bloom. I knew of some of her writings, but not very much. I will access the websites you referenced and the books that were suggested. As The LORD continues to guide you in this ministry, be assured that many of us who may not write comments are ‘fed’ by the LORD’S wisdom that He shares through you through BHM. Bless you and Thank you for how you let The LORD use you!

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    1. To God be the glory! Blessings today and thanks so much for your encouragement!!! 🙂 You know, I believe the body of Christ would be so much stronger if we understood that we have an enemy and his demons who wars against our souls…and that there is the old man who will do his best to rise up and take control…rather than pretend that I am not fighting that battle every day like the rest of the body would be a lie… but so thankful that the Word teaches that we do not fight to gain victory but from the position of the victorious…as Paul said in Romans 7:25, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” SSSssssssooooo 🙂 every now and again, 🙂 the Lord has to remind me that I am a victor in Christ and not my own. 🙂 I can hear Him saying each and every time, “there you go again, come here, child and let me help you.” 🙂 Thank you always for your encouragement and for allowing BHM to be a part of your day! Much love to you and much prayer for you! Blessed is the Name our Lord who is constantly working out our transformation into the image of His Son, Jesus the Christ! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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