I've been enjoying slowly making my way through "He Loves Me" by Wayne Jacobsen.
There's a free pdf download of the book here
or you can buy a paper copy for under $10 at amazon.com.
Today I liked this quote from Brennan Manning (yes I'm quoting a quote).
You will trust God only as much as you love him. And you will love him not because you have studied him; you will love him because you have touched him—in response to his touch…Only if you love will you make that final leap into darkness. “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Brennan Manning in Lion and Lamb
And this paragraph challenged me:
"Not only does the cross demonstrate God’s willingness to love us at the ultimate personal cost, but Jesus also modeled for us how we can live in that trust—“…into your hands I commit my spirit.” When I can’t figure out what God is doing; when I’ve just messed up to the greatest degree; when I’m lonely and empty, the answer is still the same, “…into your hands I commit my spirit.”Jesus was able to say "into your hands I commit my spirit" at the toughest moment in His earthly life. Those were words of trust.
If I truly understand God's love for me, I will truly love in return. And I will also be able to trust God with everything, and trust that all His ways are best.