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How Trust Effects Lives – Are You Ready To Grow Your Trust?

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Trust – Foundation Bedrock

Grow Your Trust

Welcome! Trust is the bedrock of all our relationships. Therefore, I’m glad you trusted me enough to come back! We’ve had a very busy month so I’m a bit late in posting this, but I’m excited to take us on our next step in learning about trust. It’s chilly here this morning so how about we grab a cup of something warm and pull up a chair for a visit.

By the way, it’s really nice to see you! I’m looking forward to your comments. That way we can have a two way communication and help each other grow!

In case you are just joining us on this look into trust, I hope you will go back and review these previous posts:  What Truly Matters in 2017  and  Why Trust Matters and How To Start Building Trust

Ok, here we go –

Please Walk With Me

The best way I can describe trust today is to have you take a mental walk with me.

Keep reading, but mentally let go and follow my words.  You are walking down a black dirt path on a lush green mountainside.  Grass and flowers are everywhere. Take a deep breath. Smell the flowers. And is that a hint of moss? Sure enough, there it is on the rocks along the path, and growing on the trees. Listen…can you hear the birds chirp peacefully the background? See the sunshine streaming through the tree branches. Pause a moment and watch the tiny golden specs of dust dance in the shaft of light.

It’s beautiful, peaceful, and calm.  The stream you hear rumbling in the background adds to the bliss. Enjoy that sound for a moment…..Okay, let’s walk again. Feel the cool breeze on your face. Don’t you love the fresh mountain air?

Oh look, there’s a deer! Her big soft eyes glisten as she watches you pass, then bong, bong, bong, bounds off.

Smiling you continue on the trail as it rounds a bend.

Gasp!

The world falls away as you teeter on the edge of a cliff! The river you heard is not off in the distance, but careening down the cliff into the gorge at your feet! You turn to go back just as the path caves off. There’s no going back. Your heart pounds as you scramble to keep your footing. Glancing back and forth you frantically look for an escape. You see a small sign near the edge of the drop off. Hit your knees and inch closer, holding your breath as the cold mist sprays your face.  You’re dizzy from the height as you creep up to the sign.  Grab it to keep your balance you read in bold black letters, “This is God.  Trust me, stand up and step out over the edge. The bridge is there.  I know it looks impossible, but trust me. Just go one small step at a time. I will take care of you.”

Trust Me?

Okay, come back to here an now.

How did that experience make you feel?  Did you get a little light headed?  Are your shoulders tense? Are you sweating?  Is your stomach in knots?  Were you holding your breath? Are you mad at me for making you experience that? If not, go back and read it again.

All the things you experienced as you teetered on the edge of that cliff are very normal reactions when you are in a situation where you have to trust God.

And honestly, a bridge materialize?  Like Indiana Jones?  Ha, sure!  Right?

But, once you learn to trust God, in every situation, yes, it’s just like that.

He will provide a way when there is no way.

I know you question that, but it’s true. He tells us in His history book/instructional manual, the Bible.

So how do we develop the skills and learn to trust Him when the going gets tough?

How do we apply those same skills to our daily lives?

Well, those are the topics of our next several posts!

I’ll be honest, it isn’t a “read it and suddenly you trust” manual. But we are going to discuss several techniques that will help you learn how to build healthy, growing, trust. And that trust will transcend your emotions and relationships, it will effect your spirituality.

So are you interested? If so please click here and subscribe so you don’t miss a single post! And you can trust me to never share you personal information with anyone.

And here is a link to our previous “Trust Series” post if you missed it”

Why Trust Matters

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When You Trust God

Hello! I’m so glad you’re here! It’s really chilly this morning so I invite you to pull up a chair, grab a cup of something warm, and join me for a visit.

If you’re new to the blog, you’ve joined us in the midst of a personal experience story about how to trust God when life throws you a serious curve ball. You are more than welcome to jump right in here! But I would like to encourage you to go back at least four posts to the start of the real estate purchase part of the story. Or even at the beginning of the “Miracles Series”. It will help this post make more sense. But you are more than welcome to start right here!

If you decide to read the earlier posts there are links at the end of this post.

For you that have been following along, I have a favor to ask. If you’re enjoying this story, please leave a comment. Even if it’s just one word! That way I know you’re reading it! And hopefully enjoying it!

Also, if you have trouble posting your comment please let me know! Please send me an email to kristi@kristiross.com and let me know! Some people are having trouble posting comments. THANK YOU!!

Ok, let’s get back to our story!!

The Deal Was Dead

From our story last week you know the real estate deal was dead.  I had given up.

Late Wednesday afternoon my lender called and said neither the title company or the sellers agent had called him to confirm the closing. The funds for the loan come from Washington DC so he had to request the money at least two days in advance. Since no one had called to confirm the closing, and there still was no agreement on who was paying for the survey, he had not ordered funds. There was no way to get the money here to close on Friday.

He went on to add that since it was the sellers agents fault the funds hadn’t been requested, if the sellers would agree to move the closing date to April 1st or later, my interest rate would go down.

But when my real estate sister called the seller’s agent to notify her of the funding situation, she went ballistic!

On top of all this turmoil, that the woman of the couple selling, hand wrote me a very hurtful letter about how I was making their life miserable and I had personally caused her to be hospitalized with and intestinal problem. She asked me to never speak to her or her husband again – and hand delivered it to my work!

Add all this to the survey stalemate, I was done.

DONE

My sister and I had yet another long talk about the situation and told her I was tired of the fighting, tired of the stress.

I was done.

The deal was done.

Please notify the seller’s agent.

Then I sent a text the seller husband and apologized for destroying their life.

Not 20 seconds later my phone rang – it was him.

He had no idea his wife had written me the letter. He apologized. He explained they had several other issues going on at the same time and it was just more stress than she could deal with right then. She had developed a tummy problem and ended up dehydrated. The dehydration caused her to be hospitalized, not me.

I told him about the funds not getting requested. He said if I would agree to pay for the survey he would agree to close on the 1st.

And just like that we were back on.

I called my sister, she called the other realtor back, and told her the seller had called me, and just that quickly the closing was back on, and scheduled on April 1st, and my interest rate dropped.

How Does God Work?

In mysterious ways!

That entire mess saved me over 1 1/2 percent on my interest rate. That was a chunk of money!

Was I tested? Was this an exercise in learning to trust God more?

Absolutely!

Five days later we closed and God blessed me with this gorgeous property!

I am still in awe of what God has done in my life in the past two years. What He is still doing!

When Should You Trust God?

When you trust God miracles are the norm. He moves mountains when you truly trust God.

When there is no way, trust God?

When there is no hope, trust God!

Give yourself to Him and simply trust God!

And He will definitely show up!

Now I live in my own little slice of paradise! Here are a few pictures of my new place:

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The Place of Many Rainbows!

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The hay meadow

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The Wisteria on the back porch

 

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Pepper fetching a stick in the front yard

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My blind dog is in Heaven on earth!

God’s Place

If there’s one thing I hope you take away from this incredible story, I hope it is to trust God!

Trust Him with everything in your life.

This property is not mine. It’s His! I’m just a care taker here. In the human world I would never have been able to have this place.

But because God stepped in and moved mountains, here I am.

It literally takes my breath away every day.

I would love to post hundreds of photos of it because every day I see it from a new light, a new vantage point, and am stunned that I live here.

When you trust God and allow Him to guide your steps, you will be blessed!

I guarantee it!

But you can’t manipulate it.

You have to have faith and learn to let go and let God.

His ways are higher than our ways.

I hope you have enjoyed this story of how God has worked in my life over the past three years.  If you missed any post, the list is below.

If this story touched you in any way, please leave a comment and let me know.  Your feedback is what keeps me writing!

The Future

Be on the lookout for a Veterans Day post in the next couple days.

I know it’s late, but I didn’t want to interrupt this final post of the real estate purchase.

Looking forward to visiting with you!

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And remember to trust God!

Previous Miracle Posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post #10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone

Post #11    3 Simple Steps to Miracles In Your Life
Post #12   3 Steps to Holiday Miracles and Peace
Post #13   How Trusting God Can Transform Your Life

Post #14 Fear Why Are We Afraid?

Post #15  Does God Still Answer Prayer?

Post #16 How To Trust God When The Going Gets Tough

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How Trusting God Can Transform Your Life

Learning About Trusting God

Trusting God can transform your life.

It often pushes you outside your comfort zone.

But it’s always worth it!

Trusting God is simply believing that He loves us, He really does care about us, He is genuinely good and kind, He has the power to help us, He wants to help us, and He really does help us everyday.

This is a story about just that.

The story of a woman trying hard to be a better person. Trying to keep a roof over her head and food on the table.

The story of a woman learning about trusting God and being rewarded by seeing Him in everyday miracles.

Where We’ve Come From

If you have read the previous Miracle Series posted here you know over the past four years I’ve struggled through a dramatic downturn in my business, loosing my contract with Delta County, and finally moving to Cortez. I moved for a job, but my “Little Peanut” kept me here while the Lord kicked me out of my comfort zone, grew me up, changed me, and showed me incredible love and care through it all. He has blessed me beyond imagination. And continues to bless me every day!

But it has been a process of learning every step of the way. But isn’t that how life is supposed to be?

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My Little Peanut

 A Quick Review

For those that have not read the previous Miracle Series posts  I want to do a quick review. (And I’ve included links at the bottom of this post in case you want to go read the previous Miracle Series posts)

The month before the last Presidential election my health products business crashed. Then Delta County didn’t renew my contract. To keep the wolf from the door I started a little office cleaning business. But old back injuries quickly let me know I wasn’t going to be doing that long.

I started praying for a new and better job.

A month later I was driving down a dusty gravel road outside Delta headed to one of my cleaning jobs when my cell phone rang. I pulled over and answered. It was the Director of Human Services for Montezuma County. We had never met, but he offered me a job right there on the spot.

They were in a bad situation because of Obamacare and needed an experienced Med person and troubleshooter.  We talked about me working 2 or 3 days a week for several months. I was going to Cortez the following week to house-sit for my daughter and son-in-law and would stop in and meet him while there.

As soon as he shook my hand I knew I liked the man. And by the end of what turned into an interview, he offered me a full time position.

But that would require shutting down a life that had taken me almost 30 years to build, uprooting, and moving. I wasn’t too keen on that idea because it meant leaving the bulk of my family, all my friends, and my home. And I loved my place:

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The view from my back porch looking over the entire place

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My River-bottom In Hotchkiss

 

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Some of my mares at the “horse pasture” gate

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Sun Dog over one of the pastures during haying

Add to that my daughter was furious that I was even considering taking the job. She didn’t want me commuting, or camping out at her house, and certainly not moving.

So I ramped up my prayers for guidance and clarity in the situation.

The following Sunday, as I drove to church I had yet another argument with Mika about the job. I had to give the Director my final answer the following morning. Through the entire service I prayed and begged God for direction. By the end of the service I had decided to not take the job. It just wasn’t worth the fights it was causing with my daughter.

After church I drove a few blocks to the gas station. As I put the car in park, my cell phone rang.

It was my daughter.

I debated if I should answer.

Finally I gave in and the conversation went something like this.

Me, “Hello”.

An agitated voice on the other end fired back, “Where have you been?

As calmly as possible, “At church.”

“Well we have to tell you something and now Hardy (my son-in-law) has to leave so we have to hurry.”

“Sorry, I didn’t know you needed me.”

“And don’t cry!”

I thought, great, now I’m going to yelled at by both of them and it’s so bad it’s going to make me cry.

With that, my son-in-law got on the phone and together they told me they were pregnant.

I didn’t cry.

All I could do was laugh!

God knew about the coming grandchild all along.  He knew it would kill me to not be close enough to see her often and to not have a bond with her.

And there was the answer that I had been diligently praying for.

Trusting God, the next morning I accepted the job.

Trust God And He Will Bless You

When I accepted the new job my second trial came moments later.

As I had driven home after my interview the week before, by accident I had looked at a rental property that would work perfectly for me if I accepted the job. I had walked the place with the owner’s aunt and uncle who were managing the property.  I told them I should know in a few days if I was coming. They called the owner and he said not to worry they would hold it for me.

After accepting the job I called the owner to confirm I wanted the property and see where to wire the money. He informed me he had hired a local realtor as his new property manager and the rent had Tripled! 

I tried to get him to honor his commitment but he would not.

And I could not afford the new amount he wanted. So there I was with a new job, but nowhere to live. Thanks alot God!

I had two weeks to find a rental property – with room for me, 4 horses, 2 cats, and 2 dogs, pack up 20 years of life,  move, get settled, and be ready to start a new job.

You would think that in this economy finding such a rental property would be fairly easy. But it is not!

I searched, Mika searched, Hardy searched, everyone I knew in Cortez searched. But no one found a rental that would work for me. I almost backed out on taking the job. But then I found a one room cabin 20 plus minutes out of town with a 10’x10′ corner of fenced in dirt. I wasn’t enough ground for my horses and the cats would have to stay at the barn in Hotchkiss for the time, but it would give me a place to sleep, shower, and keep my dogs while I looked for a different place.

But I was pretty frustrated with God. He got me in this mess! He knew I came as a “package” and needed a place with some land for all my animals. I believed He was a big God, capable of great things. But I couldn’t believe He would get me this job, in the same town as my daughter, son-in-law, and coming grandchild, and not provide a decent place for me, and my animals to live.

But never doubt God!

He was at work.

The cabin owner said she would email me wiring instructions for the rent the following morning. Instead the email I received asked if I would consider renting the main house and rest of the 30 acres where the cabin was located instead of the cabin.

As she and I were talking the night before, a neighbor had emailed her pictures of how bad the place looked. She and her husband were going to evict the current renter as soon as her husband could drive from N. Carolina. If I was interested, I could have that place instead.

That place consisted of 30 acres of lush horse pasture, a six stall horse barn, hay shed, and a beautiful custom home with a giant fenced yard.

I could not have built a more perfect place for myself!

To top it off, the property was for sale and the owners said they would consider taking my rentals in Delta as part of the purchase price.

YES! Oh definitely Yes!

Trusting God will provide can be challenging, but SO Worth It!

A New Place

I was apprehensive, but excited about the possibilities the Lord was laying out in front of me.

God was taking amazing care of me and my little menagerie of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 horses!

But I had my work cut out of me! The weeds were over my head!

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The rental house when I moved in

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One of Many weed piles I pulled!

But by spring, this is the jewel God had dropped into my lap!

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The custom rental house God blessed me with!

 

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View From My Rental Property come spring

More Chances for Trusting God

Soon after I moved in, the owners decided they couldn’t afford to take my rentals. I would have to sell them to be able to afford the place.

But the economy in Delta County was already in the toilet, and tumbling towards the sewer. The hope of selling my properties was slip-sliding down the drain with it.

With each showing of my dream property my anxiety increased. I wondered if today was the day I would be told “it’s sold and you have to find another place.”

But not just a place for me, but also my little herd of animals and pets.

From the time I figured out I wouldn’t be able to buy the place, I had been praying, and casually looking for a different one. Preferably one that was not for sale. But the rental properties that allowed horses were so expensive there was no way I could afford them. I needed yet another miracle.

Back Track For A  Second

When I had been getting ready to move from Hotchkiss, a friend from Crawford who had always wanted to live in Cortez asked if I would consider a roommate. She would pay half the rent and utilities. I gladly said yes!

I was so thankful she moved with me not only to help with the rent, but also because I didn’t anticipate was how much propane it would take to keep that giant house warm. It had tile floors sitting directly on the concrete foundation. The heat was in the ceiling. Making it nearly impossible to keep the house warm in the winter. It defiantly took us both to pay the rent and utilities during the cold months.

But by August, my roommate decided Montezuma County wasn’t the place for her. She packed up and moved back to Crawford. Leaving me with winter coming and a huge house to heat with pro-pain, (Yes, that’s spelled correctly!) and her horse and one of her cats!

The propane bills for the coming winter terrified me. When my friend told me she was moving I ramped up my search for a cheaper place to live, or another roommate.

I ran around like a crazy person for a month and found nothing. Nothing to buy, nothing to rent, and no one wanting to live 20 miles out in the country in a house that might sell the day after they moved in!

Let Go and Let God

Finally, out of desperation,

I gave up.

I decided the Lord brought me here so I had to remember He is faithful and He would provide.

I settled into enjoying the property the Lord had allowed me to be living on. And I started praying He would provide an incredible, Christian roommate before the winter cold set in, or a different place.

Simple, right?

Pray and trust.

Trust in the God that I firmly believed had brought me here and had been providing miracle after miracle in the process.

One of my favorite sayings to share with others is “Speak It Till You See It”.

But did I really believe that? Did I honestly believe God was trustworthy?

With every fiber of my being!

I started speaking positive about the impending winter cold.

I started thanking God for taking my roommate out of my house.

I thanked Him for bringing me an amazing Christian woman for a roommate.

I thanked Him for the great friendships and amazing blessings that would come out of this transition and situation.

I just kept thanking Him and praising Him as the nights grew chillier, and the days grew shorter.

I trusted Him with every fiber of my being.

At first I had spread the word around work and the church I attend that I either needed a new place to rent, or a roommate.

I had put up a flyer at the vet’s office and the local feed stores.

But with winter looming, eventually I felt I had no other option but to put an ad in the local paper for a roommate.

Oh I dreaded doing that.

Because . .

I was afraid.

Do you want to know what happened next? You have to come back to find out! We have some very exciting events ahead!

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Previous Miracle Posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post #10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone

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How To Step Into The Miracle Zone

PLEASE NOTE:  This is Post #10 in the Miracle Series

If you are new to this blog I encourage you to follow these links and start at Miracle Series Post #1. Then read the others so this post will make better sense.  Here are links to the previous posts:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

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Incredible Sunset Looks Like What I Think The Miracle Zone Would Look Like

Desperately In Need Of The Miracle Zone

What? You’re kidding me right?

I had 36 hours to completely rewrite a talk that had taken me from January to May to prepare?

That’s what had just been laid on my shoulders.

But I had been living in the midst of what I call the miracle zone all year so why was I questioning this?

Why?

Because I Panicked!

Even though I knew the Lord had His hand over the women that participate in this conference, I couldn’t see how I could possibly pull this off.

But that should have been my first clue that God was right in the middle of all this.

If you trust God, really trust Him . . . when things look impossible . . . is exactly when things are about to get exciting.

But There Was No Time

The Director’s “I don’t think this is your talk” comment was declared Thursday afternoon around 4:45 P.M. (If you haven’t read post #9, please stop right here, go back, and ready that post so you understand what’s going on in this post. The link is above.)

The conference opening meet and greet started at 4:30 P.M. in the Chapel, so as soon as we finished with my practice talk, we had to dash over there. After the meet and greet we went to dinner, and then back to the meeting/training room for introductions and our first training session.

After the training session finished we had a worker strategy meeting that didn’t get over until midnight. I was exhausted so I trusted God and went to bed.

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Just Before Sunrise

Friday Started At 5:00 AM with showers, church, and breakfast.

Then straight to the meeting/training room.

As I sat at the table, working with other women, I silently prayed.

I listened to the other speakers with fresh ears.

Read the Bible with fresh eyes.

And kept trusting God would show me what He wanted me to talk about.

But the hours kept ticking by.

While I had a lot of notes,

I didn’t have a talk.

Only thoughts,

bits and pieces.

But no talk

Inspiration Takes Shape

Tick-tock, tick-tock . . .

When we came back from lunch ideas suddenly started flowing like water.

But there was no time to write them down and create a talk out of the jumble of ideas in my head.

The day was jam packed till midnight.

After the closing meeting I decided to stay and see where the Lord led me.

Sure enough, my miracle showed up at midnight.

The Lord opened the Bible and reveal the scriptures He wanted me to reference, and I was able to easily put the talk together using humor, and yet, deep spiritual intensity.

My head hit the pillow around 3:30 A.M. but the talk was complete.

I was almost ready!

I only needed a couple props to help me pull it off.

Later that morning the ladies going to town for supplies added my few things to their list and by noon I was ready.

Step Into The Miracle Zone

At 2:30 I walked onto the stage with total peace and confidence.

My props were in place, my note cards numbered and waiting on the podium.

I was ready.

I carefully followed my first couple of note cards, and then . . .

I sat the cards down, walked out from behind the podium, down to the edge of the crowd,

stepped into the miracle zone, and gave the rest of my talk with no notes.

I couldn’t tell you exactly what I said, but I know it encouraged women to strip away the things that hold them back and become the Christian Leaders God made them to be.

The women must have been touched because there was thunderous applause as I left the building.

God received a standing ovation.

Not me.

I merely allowed Him to speak through me.

I was definitely walking in the Miracle Zone.

Thank you God!

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