Trusting God When Things Are Out of Control

trusting god when If you ask my husband which Bible verses I quote the most, he will say “Proverbs 3:5&6″ without a doubt. I just asked him across the room while I was typing this to verify my hunch. At that point, my oldest son says, “No, it’s Ephesians 6:1.” ha.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 3:5&6

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1

A few months back I asked a question about what makes you feel like giving up. While many reasons were posed, the one answer repeated numerous times was “circumstances beyond my control.” Shortly after this, I began to study the topic of trusting God when things are out of control. I came across this statement from Corrie ten Boom:

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

trusting God corrie In other words, if you have any doubts, take a look at God’s track record. So I’ve been doing that- researching Bible characters who trusted God in spite of crazy circumstances. People who stood in the middle of situations that were totally whacked out and said, “We believe God.”

Moses as he crossed the Red Sea

David as he faced the giant Goliath

Daniel as he stared in the eyes of lions

Jonah as he wiped seaweed from his face

And the list can go on and on. So I have two questions I need your help with today. The first one is:

Which Bible character stands out in your mind as one who really trusted God when things were out of control?

And the next one:

What kinds of circumstances do we encounter today that gives us the feeling of being out of control?

If you could help me out with your opinions and suggestions, I’d be so grateful!

Have a fantastic Friday!

Rachel

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!

If you’d like to order this 2 DVD set, you can do so here.

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Rachel

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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 transforms

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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