Trust Archive

Trust God…No Matter What

Posted September 18, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

I’ve gotten an barrage of emails, phone calls, texts, messages from all over the country wanting to know where I am right now. No one-including me-knew where I’d be after my conference in Indianapolis.

Preparing for Departure in Greenville, SC 7-13-3So, to set the record straight, I’m homeless! Seriously! But it’s not what you think. Two months before I departed on the Road to Freedom Tour, I gave up a rented condo in Orlando, put my belongings in storage and headed to South Carolina to do some hill training. Today, my belongings (yes, all my woodcarvings I created out of pieces of wood) remain in storage. There simply wasn’t room to take them on the bike. 🙂

Today, I’m in northern Florida. I’ve had to recharge my cell phone four times today because I’ve been on an endless number of phone calls plotting and planning the next step of my journey. Before I tore my rotator cuff in my shoulder and the medial collateral ligament in my knee, I knew Road to Freedom was growing very big. I was already getting picked up by local and regional media.

I’d also talked to 1346 women in 1700 miles of pedaling. That’s almost a woman per mile average. There are too many women who must hear this message and get set free from the emotional prison to reach them all by bicycle. When I tore the ligament in my knee, I knew it was bad. Really bad. It would take weeks and probable surgery to repair it.

Interestingly, except for the two hours I spent on sitting on the side of the road dizzy from my injury and unable to stand, I’ve had not a single moment of angst regarding the injury, or the fact that I wouldn’t be mounting Dakota again for a while. I trust God. This is all part of His divine plan for me, countless women and Road to Freedom.

How do I know? I can’t list all the miraculous things God did on this trip in a single blog post. There are just too many and blog posts are way too short. Guess you’ll have to get the book when it comes out, but I would like to tell you a couple. I only recently revealed these publicly. You’ll see why in a moment.

When I knew God led me to do this, I told him I would go wherever He wanted me to go and do whatever He wanted me to do. That was my reasonable service. He, on the other hand, would have to be Jehovah Jireh, my provider. I put away credit cards, debit cards and access to assets of any kind. When I rolled out of Greenville, South Carolina on July 13th, no one but God knew that I had only twenty-two dollars and change in my pocket.

twenty-two dollars and change

I spent 60 days making my way across the country and traveled over 1700 miles. Not once did I ever ask for money or tell anyone about how much money I did (or didn’t) have. In fact, I never mentioned money to anyone. In 60 days I never ran out of money. I never missed a meal. I never lacked for any need to be met. God stirred the hearts of His children, complete strangers, to buy my lunch, or give me water.  I decided early on to trust God…no matter what.

When I injured my shoulder and my knee, I didn’t fret. I knew God was in this tour and there would be a way to continue Road to Freedom even off the bike. Turns out, I’ve done more ministry and met more women off the bike than on it. More women have received the message that God loves them and wants them to be free of the fear, shame and horror of their attack than  in the two months of riding. 

While I was sitting with my leg propped up in a recliner chair, my friend Melody offered these words that have since turned out to be rather prophetic, “If you can’t go to them, God will bring them to you.” At the time, I thought she was referring to a particular speaking engagement I had that week. Turns out, God had different plans. 

I’ve learned to trust God… no matter what. Whether I have a flat tire, a torn ligament or no clear direction, I know I can still trust God. That truth brings peace. And God is completely trustworthy. He’s proven that over and over again. So take it from a woman who rode 1700 miles by faith, you can trust God… no matter what!

Are you trusting God? When was the last time you were placed in a position when you had to trust Him? Share it here! 

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The Entrepreneur’s Foundation: Integrity

Posted April 16, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Attractive Woman with Her BooksCall me crazy but I have a love affair with Amazon. I absolutely love how they remember what I’ve bought, what I’ve reported to them that I already own and then suggest other books and products that I might enjoy. Saves me a ton of time when I need to learn more.

Yesterday I was at Barnes and Noble viewing my daily Amazon recommendations (is that a conflict of interest?!) and saw a new title by one of my favorite non-fiction authors. Strange… I follow this author, own most of their books and didn’t remember hearing of this title coming out.

I clicked to the book description and it sounded oddly familiar. I clicked over to another book I own from that author and was shell shocked to discover it is the exact same book! The only thing that changed was the title! Word for word, it was the exact same book. All 304 pages of it. Even the dedication was the same! I thought it suspect since I know the person to whom the book was dedicated is not a grown man. Hmmm…

Since I was at Barnes and Noble (how convenient!), I went to the stacks and pulled both books. Sure enough, they were the exact same trust blocksbook with different titles. I was angry. Mortified. My trust was broken and I felt betrayed on many levels.

I instantly did something I’m not normally particularly inclined to do. I went right to the publisher’s website and shot off my remarks and “review” of their new book, and declaring that I would forever we wary when I see any book with their logo. How utterly sad.

As an entrepreneur, our customers have the right to expect that we will:

  1. Run our business with integrity. Once that is lost, you’re doomed. This publishing company is going down the tubes.
  2. Offer more value when we use our brilliance in different ways. Simply changing the title to our book, signature system, coaching course, etc., and wrapping it up with a different bow is just plain dishonest. Period.
  3. Be trustworthy. You’re human. You’ll make mistakes. No doubt about it. But they have to be able to trust that, even when you screw up, you’re going to own up to it.
  4. Not deceive them. If a customer doesn’t trust you, not only will they never purchase from you again, but you can bet they will communicate all that to those in their world. 

Gavel and Law BooksAs you can tell, I’m very disappointed in this publisher. The book was worthy of a new edition, no doubt. But to change the title and nothing else lit the fire the burned the bridges I had with that publisher. 

Please don’t be like that. The entrepreneur’s foundation is integrity and you simply must form that foundation and build upon it. You need it. Your customers need it. Your fellow entrepreneurs need it. 

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Today, I Choose to Be Trustworthy

Posted February 3, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

scales of justiceIn today’s world this may seem the most difficult to manage, let alone master. Athletes are being stripped of titles for cheating. Skeletons are coming out of the closets of even the most revered leaders in modern history. It’s appalling, and depressing.

But it doesn’t have to be the case with you. You can make a choice to be trustworthy. If you do, every action you take will be toward being a trustworthy person.

Here are some truths about trustworthiness:

  • God has dealt to every man a measure of faith. Trust, on the other hand, must be earned. If you are going to earn someone’s trust, you MUST show yourself trustworthy.

 

  • Trustworthiness is nothing more than consistently doing the right thing each and every time you have the
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  • When you’re in the middle of the temptation, it’s definitely NOT the time to make the decision to be trustworthy. That decision must be made long before you are tempted.

 

  • A reputation of being trustworthy is one of the greatest assets you can have and will open doors of opportunity for you.

There are more trustworthy people in the world than you may think. It’s true. Those who are noteworthy, popular, famous or hold high office only make the news when they are found to be anything other than trustworthy. Have you ever heard breaking news saying, “Daisy Bledford on Elm Street in Sealy, West Virginia returned a wallet full of cash to its rightful owner. All the money was there”? Uhh… no.

Being trustworthy is an unstoppable force that will propel you forward toward reaching every goal you have. It will cause others to support you, to rally behind you and help you when you need them.

piggyback rideOnce trust is shaken, it’s very difficult—if not impossible—to regain. Just ask those who have appeared on the news in this last year. They most likely will never earn anyone’s trust again. No matter what they accomplish for the rest of their lives, the question will always be looming out there: Did they do it honestly or did they cheat?

Today, as you read this and prepare for your day, take a few moments to decide to be trustworthy. Don’t wait until you’re presented with something today that could tempt even the strongest person to stumble. If you do, when the moment arrives, you’ll come out better for it. The world will too!

What is your definition of trustworthy? How quickly do you put your trust in others? Share it here.

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