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Jesus writer by day. Mystery writer by night. Patricia Raybon, an award-winning Colorado author, writes on faith, race, and grace. Her debut historical mystery novel, "All That Is Secret," drops Oct. 5, 2021, from Tyndale. Join her on the journey at patriciaraybon.com.

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  1. You just reminded me in a very vivid way that our journey is a journey of faith, not sight…often there is more that we cannot see than what we can see, which makes our trust in God so important!

  2. Lord thank you for this encouraging word today. My heart is broken, but I still trust you.

  3. Thank you, Patricia. This is such a good reminder to trust. Although I know I can trust God, and He’s proved it time after time, it’s always hard to let the doubt go and just TRUST HIM. God bless you. Barbara

    • A beautiful message. I agree with a few of the other comments, it’s sometimes hard to let the doubt go, to FULLY trust. For me I feel it’s easy to have faith when life is moving along ok but it’s when life throws that curve ball is when faith should come into play but also when it’s the most challenging to hold onto. Your message was a good reminder. Amen.

      • Susan, I so agree. Those curve balls challenge us. When they come, may the Lord help us to catch them, handing them over to Him to handle and resolve. His wonderful blessings today!

  4. Patricia,
    Thank you. I have felt like I have been living in a fog lately myself. When the fog is there, it seems like it always will be. Thanks for the reminder that the sun and blue skies are just on the other side and this, too, shall pass.

  5. Great reminder to keep my thoughts on God an what is good and pure!!! I enjoyed the message thanks for sharing

  6. I have a Colorado daughter and she mentioned this freezing fog phenomenon. What a lovely metaphor you’ve found for trusting what we cannot see. Thank you, Patricia!

    • Irene, kind thanks for your feedback. That fog-turning-to-sunshine moment really challenged me. God’s bright help is just beyond every cloud. Thanks for affirming this truth. Blessings today on your Colorado daughter, too! ❤

  7. Miss Patricia; I needed this more than I can explain. Lots of fist-shaking at God lately and He used this post to speak to my heart. God bless you.

    AND I have your book at the almost top of my reading stack. Borrowed by my daughter after buying and before I could get to it and it just came back with her raves about how wonderful it is.

    Your writing touched my heart today and I am waiting with expectation for a good read ahead.

    • Debbie, thank you so much! I’m so grateful you were encouraged today. I’ve been writing a lot about my mystery novel. But it was time to write about our trustworthy Father and Lord. May He quiet your concerns with His love, assurance, and provision. He is always good! (Kind thanks also to you and your daughter for adding my novel to your reading stack! May the Lord bless your reading and kindness.) With His great love!

  8. It IS so difficult to trust when times are hard, but He has promised that He will work all things for good for those who love Him and those whom He has called according to His plan. A promise to cling to no matter how deep the barrel.

    I was intrigued by the information that you have written a mystery (my fave) and when I clicked on that site, immediately smiled back at your very lovely, engaging and welcoming face. I’m ordering the book right away and look forward to reading your creation. Thanks so much for sharing your talent-in many ways.

    Blessings!!

    • Susan, I praise the Lord with you! He is actively working all things for the good for you, me, and all His called and humble people. Kind thanks, indeed, for also ordering my mystery novel. I’m grateful to serve Him as He leads and directs this writing journey! With His great joy and love! Patricia

  9. Thank you for this devotional. Being honest it’s hard to trust when you are in the waiting room for so long and you don’t receive an answer. I have been praying for my son for so long and I feel hopeless. Praying for a miracle for his life, for a job for him, for stability and I’m still waiting. And now my husband was fired and we are praying that he can get his job back. I don’t know what is going to happen but it’s hard when you pray and pray and you don’t receive an answer. My desire is that the Lord answer is because the Lord says he won’t leave us.

    • Oh, Marian. What an ordeal. I can relate to praying and praying for something for a long time. I know you can be assured that the Lord is hearing and answering, in His own way and in the fullness of His time. Often, it seems, He is waiting for us to change our prayers–from what we’re asking to whatever His will is. As the prayer scholars say, prayer is not about getting things–it’s about getting changed.

      In this season of waiting, may the Lord bless you with a bounty of trust and hope, not in the answers, but in Him. He knows what is best in ways we can’t see. You are so right, indeed. He promises to never leave us. So, as He keeps you close, may you feel his trustworthy power. Hear your Marian’s prayers, O Lord, and be quic in your way and time to answer. With His love!

  10. Patricia,

    When Covid first hit in 2019 I didn’t think much of it. When it got worse, we were in lock down & our lives changed everyone seemed to panic & worry. Not me. I knew deep in my heart that God is in control & I just need to trust Him. He’s been good to me in the past & gotten me through trials so why not now?

    Fast forward a few years. They shut my unit down at hospital (IPT ICU step down clerical) due to staffing. I was worried at first not knowing what was going to happen. But I trusted that God had the answers. OH boy did HE! He blessed me with the opportunity to work full time 6-8 weeks. Then the shut down came about. Now what!? My boss found a position for me in an ICU Covid unit. While working there I learned to assemble IV tubing with 4 extensions. I would do make some up each day I worked. The RNs were pleased & it impressed the RN manager so much that she posted a full-time benefitted position just for me. (WOW)! This experience has taught me to trust God even in the worst scenarios when you can’t see a way out. He will guide our steps & make a way through the fog.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Thank you for that testimony, Beth! Yes, God is faithful, trustworthy, great AND good! Thank you for your story of His power and love! May it inspire and give hope!

  11. Thank you for the analogy of the fog. Hopefully now whenever I see fog it will remind me to trust God for the things I cannot see, and to know that He is always working even (and especially) when we don’t see, feel or know it. I have been praying for many, many years for my daughters to turn back to God and the way they were raised and away from their addictions. I cannot imagine the purpose for this in their or my lives but I am trusting God to work a way through it and change their hearts and ways. It is certainly not easy! So I needed this reminder (yes I’m several days late getting caught up on my devotions as I read several different ones daily)! But God’s timing is perfect and He meant for me to see this today. Thank you for your words and encouragement!!