Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
Have you ever been around a child who incessantly asks, “Why”? I experience the “why?” stage with each of my five children.
The stage of “why?” can be fun at first; when the preschool-age children becomes aware of the world around them. They begin to wonder why things happen. Curiosity can be a good thing. It can lead to discovery and knowledge and growth.
But, when “why?” is asked over and over and over again, it leads to frustration, weariness and even a growing numbness on the part of the person being questioned. Ask any parent of a young child in the “why?” stage of life. There are times when there are no answers to the “why?” barrage of inquiries. Sometimes, we simply don’t know “why?”. A child who constantly has the need to know “why?” wears us out. Similarly, as an adult, I realize that my own incessant desire to know “why?” behind circumstances wears me out.
Have you been there? Have you ever thought that if you just knew the “why?” behind your circumstance it would be easier to handle; it would be easier to be patient; it would be easier to cope.
I have noticed that my desiring to know “why?” and asking my Heavenly Father “why?” over and over again, brings a lot more angst and frustration than peace.
In my limited understanding, I think that if I only knew “why?” then I would have peace. However, our Heavenly Father knows this is not the case. Our Lord knows that what actually brings the peace we yearn for is to trust Him with everything that is making us scream “why?” on the inside.
Trusting God’s character and His truth brings us peace. Asking “why?” causes a growing distrust and unrest.
So, in the times when I am tempted to ask the “why”, question I need to look to the truths in God’s word that place me on the pathway to peace of mind and heart. Here are a few Scripture verses that remind me that God cares for me and I can trust Him no matter what:
~Genesis 16:13: “She (Hagar) gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’”
No matter what I may be going through, I know God sees where I am, and that truth gives me comfort. If for no other reason, I can praise God for being the God who sees me.
~Psalm 31:14-15: “But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hands….”
~Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
~Isaiah 46:4: “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
~1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
Keeping a list of Scripture verses that bring you comfort, hope and peace during difficult times is important. It reminds us of who God is and that He is bigger than our tough times. God cares about us more than we can imagine.
Weekly Memory Verse
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.