Trusting God’s Plan (and a little help from Lysa TerKeurst)

Post includes a 2 book giveaway of the NEW children’s book by Lysa TerKeurst, “It Will Be Okay”

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Trusting God’s plan isn’t an easy thing for us as humans, is it? We simply want to know the plan. Our questions often include:

  • What is the purpose of this problem or circumstance?
  • How could something good come out of this?
  • How is God going to use this in my life?

I often wonder why we who trust Christ for our eternal salvation struggle so much to trust him with our everyday lives.

Do we forget that the God who saved us will sustain us?

Yikes, I preach to myself.

 

Over the summer, my 1o year old daughter and I were privileged to meet with Lysa TerKeurst for a few minutes at Women of Faith. I really wish I had thought to take a photo, but my mommy brain must have been on overload that day. When Tristina discovered that Lysa had written a new children’s book, she wanted to review it for you.
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Now the interesting part of the story is that when I asked Tristina if she wanted to read the book, it was just a simple request. But God had something so much bigger in store for her! This week was a trying one for her and a certain situation left her tired and struggling against fear. My mama’s heart ached for her, because the truth is- I struggle with this same fear. We had to make a change in plans because the situation just seemed too big.  The problem can’t be avoided and will have to be resolved, so we rescheduled a time to tackle it in the near future.

When Tristina finished reading the book and immediately came to me, I saw her eyes wide open. “I know why you wanted me to read this book, Mom,” her voice full of accusation. I honestly had no idea what she meant, but it quickly became obvious that the message of the book was personal to her. Here is her review:

Hi! I’m Tristina Wojnarowski.  I read the book It Will Be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst, who I met before with my mom. It’s about a seed in a little seed packet and he doesn’t want to be planted.  He likes it up on the shelf in his packet. But then a little fox came into the shed because it was storming.  Throughout the story the little seed and the little fox grew up together and stayed right next to each other and became best friends.  I think that it was a great book to teach kids like me about trusting in themselves and trusting in God as well.  I really like the cute illustrations and the characters.

One of my favorite parts about this book is the awesome list of 10 Scriptures to Memorize with Your Kids. What a wonderful list to give them as practical tools to use in the face of fear!

I figured you would want a sneak preview of this precious book and its beautiful message on trusting God through fear and change! So take a peek below:

I’m pretty pumped to give away two copies of this sweet book this weekend! Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter to win.

For more details or to purchase, go here—–> It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox)

Have a great weekend!!
Rachel

More Resources on Trusting God’s Plan:

15 Bible Verses for Trusting God in Tough Times

A Prayer for when I can’t understand God’s plan

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When the World Is a Scary Place & Children’s Book Giveaway

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Last week our family experienced quite a scare. Michael, our 12 year old, had an episode of vision loss. Upon visiting the eye doctor, his testing revealed a serious peripheral vision loss and we were sent directly to the emergency room. While the doctors fully anticipated an abnormal MRI scan, many people began to pray for Michael and his MRI scan returned completely normal. Though his vision has not returned to 100% normal, we are thankful for this good report and are praying that he continues to improve.

There are times when the world is a scary place. In fact, in my adult life, I honestly can’t remember when the world was ever a scarier place to live than it is right now. It seems I am acutely aware of the wickedness in the world in this season of my life. I read Proverbs 31:25 this morning:

…she laughs at the time to come.

The famous virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 did not fear the future; she trusted in the Almighty because she knew his track record to be 100% trustworthy.

I don’t know about you, but when the world is a scary place, I find myself whispering to the Lord that I need him more than ever, that we need him more than ever. I also find myself reassuring my children that God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good.

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When I was introduced to this beautiful children’s book, God Is Always Good, I fell in love with it right away. This book is designed to provide comfort for kids facing grief, worry or scary times. With strong memorable statements, this book is a wonderful reinforcement for teaching children that God is good. Here are some of favorite examples of those statements:

  • God has good plans for you!
  • God is bigger than any badness.
  • God always keeps watch over you.
  • God is with us when we are hurting.
  • God keeps every promise he makes.

The above are just a few of the wonderful points in this sweet book designed for ages 4-8. I thought you would enjoy a preview:

Today I’m privileged to give away one copy of this beautiful children’s book. My prayer is that the winner will read this book and be comforted with the knowledge that God is always good. For more details on this super book, you can find it here: God Is Always Good: Comfort for Kids Facing Grief, Fear, or Change

Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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Share A Blessing Children’s Book Review & Giveaway

share a blessing book Alright. I’m beginning this post with a confession. I have not been very good…ok, I’ve been really horrible at writing thank you notes since this spring. There. Whew. I feel better. I have a slew of thank you notes (is slew a word? it sounds good…) from summer events that I haven’t touched yet.

I have good intentions; really I do. I have two perfect lists of names for which thank you cards need to be written, signed, and addressed. So I bought a new pack of thank you cards and on two different trips over the summer, I took the cards and lists with me as I traveled. Did I ever complete the notes? No.

See, I told you I’m horrible. But maybe, just maybe, now that I’ve made this confession, I’ll be inspired to do better. AND I have the sweetest new product to tell you about, Share A Blessing. Doesn’t the sound of the name alone make you want to follow through? Yep, it does for me.

My sweet Tristina girl was so pumped about this new product that she wanted to use it right away. So why not? girl share a blessing

The Share A Blessing sticker book and notes is perfect for teaching children how to be a blessing to others. share a blessing inside

She decided to write a note to one of the new teachers at her school. final share a blessing note You’ve got to love the note, right?

These super sweet sticker book has over 1,000 stickers and my girl was so excited about that! The book contains 24 notecards with uplifting messages.

The book is designed for ages 6-11 and because my photos are a bit dark, I wanted to post one more graphic to make sure you could see the bright colors of the book. The colors are so perfect for this age group!

If you’re interesting in purchasing one of these for a sticker lover in your family, you can find this sweet book here. And if you’re interested in winning one of these books, I happen to be giving one away today! Woohoo!

Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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