On trusting and becoming beautiful.


Eleven days into the new year, and my one word is already proving to be more difficult than I had anticipated. I’m learning, soft and slow, that resting in the Lord is really only possible when you trust Him.

Trust that He is making this, making you, beautiful. 

I struggle to find the words hiding deep within my bones, because trusting is a process and truly seeing takes intention. Seeing takes slowing down, opening my hands + my soul to appreciate the mystery of grace. He leaves fingerprints behind as he molds us, tiny evidence that we belong.

Study God as Creator, because if He made you, then He can keep you, and if He can keep you, then He can always reach you. He is strong enough to love you. — Andy Kerner

My friend’s words resonate loud, conviction thundering as I work to put the pieces together.

It’s right there: He who has promised is faithful. He’s trustworthy, even when we can’t see beyond our doubt. And when we bring our burdens to him, we find rest for our souls.

He is unequivocally for us. At our darkest hour, hiding in the Garden, He came to find us. And ever since, He has been drawing us back. Have my clenched fists suffocated the glory from the gift?

Beauty needs room to breathe. I feel the Spirit say, “can you trust enough to just let go?”

At the end of the day, its all so intricately woven together.


Linking up with some of the most gorgeous women over at Lisa-Jo’s place today for Five Minute Fri(Sun)day.

  • Hey, popping in from Five Minute Friday! Great post….I’m doing the One Word thing as well-mine is “stronger”. Best of luck to you!

    • Erin Salmon

      Ah, bless you as you lean in and find strength in the Lord in this season. Thankful that you stopped by.

  • Caroline

    “because trusting is a process and truly seeing takes intention.” Oh how that resonates. And thankful for grace through that process!

    • Erin Salmon

      Yes. Always thankful for grace. So glad to meet you here, Caroline. Grateful that you came.

  • Jacqui

    Yes, I love the same line Caroline quoted. It isn’t naturally for us to trust, but to fight or flee. What a beautiful post and a wonderful word! Love from California.

    • Erin Salmon

      My problem with fight or flight is that I’ve added a third option: freezing. Trying to lean into the Lord instead of the tension and anxiety is a daily lesson for me. Thank you, as always, Jacqui. I absolutely love you.

  • Oh my–how wonderful this is. I especially love this: “Have my clenched fists suffocated the glory from the gift?” A question for the ages. Keep writing!

    • Erin Salmon

      I ask that question daily. Thank you for the encouragement, friend.

  • I love the image of God’s fingerprints being left on us as he molds us. beautiful indeed!

    • Erin Salmon

      Evidence that He is here! Glory!