Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trusting God

If you are a parent, you must realize that there are things you have learned that you never would've learned, if you had not become a parent.

A big lesson that I'm constantly learning is trusting God; here's what I mean.


Parenting does not come with a manual geared to each child that you have. To a certain degree the Bible can serve as that manual, combined with others that have gone before you. But because your child is unique in temperament and personality, you as parents will have to figure out effective methods. For example you may know that it is foolish to not discipline a child, but as a parent you have to figure out the best method: do you spank, do you talk, do you take a way privileges? Once you have that part figured out, the child grows on you and you realize old methods no longer work and then you try something new.  And then the child is 18 or thereabouts and is now responsible for himself and you hope against hope that all the things you've said and done over the years stuck.

And this is where big time worry can kick in - if you let it.
But you have another choice - you can trust God. Yes, trust God.

I am going through a variant of this right now and these children are teaching me to lean on God more than ever before. My husband and I have spent a lot of time in conversation and praying together over our children. Children will do that to you - make you do something that you should have been doing all along, but had neglected. We never need to worry. To trust means to have child like faith, as in the image above; to let go of everything I think I know and simply trust.

As I meditate on the verses below, worry dissipates and trust is strengthened.

Psalm 18:2 - “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
Psalm 91:2 - “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
Nahum 1:7 - “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. ”
Proverbs 30:5 - “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
Isaiah 26:3 - “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Psalm 118:8 - “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Proverbs 3:5 - “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
How do your children teach you to trust in God?

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