Monthly Archives: June 2015

Transformation Through Trust

Here is an excerpt from a speech I gave about trust:

Do you know what a cistern is? A cistern is an underground reservoir for storing water. Friends of ours in Hawaii have a cistern underneath their house. Rainwater is collected in their cistern and they use this stored rainwater to water their yard and gardens. Each of us has a spiritual cistern within our souls. It is the space within our souls where God dwells. This cistern is like an elastic bladder than can be stretched and expanded to contain more of God’s life within us. We enlarge our cisterns by choosing to trust God, especially when trusting is the most difficult, when life tempts us to doubt and fear.

We can be transformed by life or not. If we choose to trust God, then we are changed to more closely match His holy blueprint for our lives. If we don’t trust, then the transformative effect doesn’t touch us and the things we have gone through are for naught. We miss out and stay the same as before.

God is powerful enough to use anything in our lives to transform us, if we allow it. It is our trust in God that transforms us, not the event itself. At its most basic level, it is our struggle to remain in that state of trust that stretches and enlarges our souls, that increases our capacity for God’s life within us, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.

You can read the full speech here.

Speaking at a Christian Retreat

I was invited to speak at a Christian retreat last weekend. I was also invited to have a booktable. I spoke on the spiritual practice of trusting in God. You can read the speech here. The speech was well received.

One person who had just finished reading Four in the Garden bought five more copies and then gave them away to anyone who promised to read it. He said that the book impacted him tremendously and fostered in him a deeper intimacy with God.

Speaking at the retreat

Speaking at the retreat

Speaking up front

Speaking up front

Signing and selling books

Signing and selling books