Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Over the years, the Lord has been so gentle with me while constantly bringing this verse back into my mind. “TRUST me, April … just trust me.” But on more than a hundred occasions along the journey of being a parent, I did not listen to his great and mighty wisdom. Instead, I thought it would be a much better idea to pick up all the cares and worries of my children and carry them around for a few days, weeks, months, or even years—as if they were in much better care with me. Well, one thing God has shown me over and over is that I was not created to carry all those burdens. However, this daily struggle of mine—remembering to lay everything down at the cross and TRUST God—has provided so many opportunities for me to share Jesus with others.
Sharing what God is teaching me with others has grown my relationships with them and aided in helping them feel understood as they suffer through similar situations. So many moms have crossed my path over the years, and this verse is exactly what they needed to hear. I have reassured them that they are not alone in their struggles. I know from personal experience, when we trust God, a peace that transcends all understanding fills us—and life gets a little lighter.
I think we sometimes underestimate how important our struggles are. They are not something that we should look at with self-condemnation. Rather, we should be thankful that when God gives us victories, we can share them with someone else who is suffering. Nothing in our lives is wasted when we walk with Jesus … he uses the good and the bad.
Is there something God is teaching you right now that you think could help others?
Have you ever had someone speak a truth to you right when you needed to hear it? How did that person’s courage change your life?
Step out and share your story with someone who might need to hear it.
Choose a Bible verse that has helped you and be ready to share it.
Jesus, we are so thankful that you are with us and that we are never alone. You are faithful to continue the good work you started in all of us. You are a good father and love us so well. Give us the wisdom and words to love others well. Amen.
This post was written by April Willer, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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