Teaching Children to Trust God in All Things

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Teaching children to trust God in all things is not always easy. When life is tough, children aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. Questions like:

  • Who made God?
  • Why do we have to breathe?
  • Where do babies come from?

You knew that last question was coming, right? But seriously, I love that my mom taught me a very young age to trust God in all things. Here are 5 ideas for teaching children to trust God in all things:

1. Teach children that God created everything.

When your child makes their own artwork, whether at home, school, or church, talk to them about how they created their art. Explain the creator of the art owns and loves the art. Using their own artwork as an example could help them to understand that just as they love their coloring creation, God loves His creation. He takes care of the whole world and He can be trusted to care for His creation.

2. Teach children what the Bible says about trusting God.

Here is a list of 15 Bible Verses for Trusting God in Tough Times. Take one at a time and talk through them. Remind them that God’s Word is always true and never changes.

3. Remind children of the answers to your family’s prayers.

One of my favorite answers to prayer in our family is when one of my daughters prayed for a baby sister. She prayed faithfully for a sister for many months and I love how God answered her prayer in such a beautiful way. If you’d like to read the entire story, you can find it in my book, The Sensational Scent of Prayer.

4. Teach children that God is bigger than our scope of understanding.

When I personally need the reminder that God’s plan is bigger than mine, I read the book of Job, especially chapter 38. To help children understand this concept, take a trip to the planetarium or use a stargazing app on the smartphone or tablet in the backyard at night.

5. Check out this awesome DVD resource from Hermie & Friends, I Will Trust God.

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This wonderful DVD beautifully teaches children to trust God with the good and the bad. With two stories from the garden, Max Lucado provides the narration and Tim Conway provides the fun. What a wonderful way for children ages 4-7 to enjoy the lesson of learning to trust God!

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A Prayer For Trusting God’s Timing

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Today I needed this prayer for trusting God’s timing. His way is perfect and so is His timing. Never too early… or too late. He’s shown me time and again that He loves details.

This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Ps 18:30

Dear Father,

I come before you 

Asking forgiveness today.

Many days my spirit tires of the routine.

How easily the best routine transfoms

into the monotonous mundane

without Your presence to guide me.

To think that my own manipulation of events

could sway Your hand to move my direction!

Oh the futility of my soul and fragility of my heart.

I beg for Your forgiveness

and ask for Your fortitude.

Would You give me the strength to trust Your plan?

As the timing of the stone David slung at Goliath,

And the accuracy with which it struck his head,

With the confidence of one

who has slayed lions and bears with You,

I humbly request:

Would You unveil

the perfect moment to take action?

Until that moment of Your prompting,

May I trust You-

The  One worth trusting forever.

Amen.

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How to Deal with the Unexpected

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Certain times come into our lives that bear no surprises.

We saw it coming.

We expected the job layoff- everyone else was getting laid off. It was simply our turn.

Or we thought that car was going to break down because it was paid off and had needed no repairs for the last five years. (Ok, two years.) Still- no huge surprise.

The tax increase on the house had been anticipated- it was just a matter of the assessment taking place.

Some of the trials of life are easily expected as they lurk in the foreground- and this makes them a bit more manageable in some respects.

Though certain hardships are just.plain.tough. No matter how far you know in advance.

Then, that other category sneaks up on us.

You know the one- the unexpected.

The surprise that wasn’t so sweet. The news that was far from pleasant. 

The phone call that sent a panic into our veins.

Can I pause for a moment to tell you I’ve experienced a few of those in my life?

They aren’t pretty.
They come from nowhere and before you know it, you’ve been blindsided. You didn’t see it coming and it’s too late to attempt to do anything about it. The injury has been sustained. The news has been delivered. The clock has struck and there is no turning back the time to yesterday.

Your body feels like it has been slammed to the ground.

Your breath and life have been taken from you- yet you still breathe and live.

Your spirit is wounded and dried up to the point of feeling nonexistent yet the ache does not go away. You can hardly believe it is true.

In moments like these, my go-to book of the Bible is Psalms. David’s pleas with God reflect my heart’s alarm like nothing else can and when I bask in the presence of the Word of the Lord, this is where I learn how to deal with the unexpected.

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Today I’m giving you 5 Biblical truths to claim when you need to know how to deal with the unexpected.

1. God knows the best place for me in this moment.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5

2. God will provide His strength to get me through this situation.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3

3. God will hear me when I pray to Him.

In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6

4. God has worked wonders in the past and will do it again.

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. Psalm 77:11&14

5. God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives.

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. Psalm 37:23

As the Utimate Environmentalist from the beginning of time, God always turns trash into treasure.

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Do you have a Biblical truth you cling to when dealing with the unexpected?

I’d love to read about it in the comments below!

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