Today I’m sharing with you 7 Bible verses about trusting in the Lord, including an awesome new free printable, but before I do I want to tell you why these verses mean so much to me today.
When our son was a toddler, we got familiar with hospital visits.
When Zack was close to a year old, he was diagnosed with a rare, serious genetic metabolic condition called Glutaric Acidemia Type 1 (GA1). This is a life-changing, devastating diagnosis. You can read more about GA1 here, but the gist is that he’s at high risk of a metabolic crisis (similar to a stroke) when he gets sick, and especially was during the first years of his life. Even a mild bug would put him in the hospital.
Every parent knows that toddlers get sick, no matter how much you try to prevent it. This is just part of the deal as they develop their immune system.
We also realized that a diagnosis like this one means learning to live with a new baseline of fear.
I’ve been through all kinds of things in my life, but living with this all-the-time-ache-in-your-stomach-worry was new to me.
Parents of kids with special needs, chronic illness, or medically fragile complications handle this in different ways.
Or we don’t handle it – as much as people sometimes want to put us on a pedestal, sometimes we just have very bad days.
Sometimes we have bad weeks or bad years, for that matter. I’ve throw temper tantrums. My husband has gotten the brunt of my negative attitude. I’ve yelled at people on the phone about insurance claims. I don’t always exercise and eat right even though I know it would make me feel better. I’ve eaten chocolate brownies like they were going out of style.
Yet through all this, I learned to lean on God in ways I never had before. I learned to let go of some of the control I so desperately cling to as my life-line.
Trust in the Lord
God is teaching me to trust Him.
Zack turned 3 years old, and a great amount of the risk with illness diminished. Our family took a trip to Disney World with Make a Wish.
When Zack turned 6 years old, we all breathed a collective sigh of relief. The risk with GA1 never goes away completely, and he will have life-long dietary restrictions and procedures in place during illness, but the greatest time of risk has passed.
Zack has additional challenges in addition to GA1. We like to say if most of us manage our emotions on a scale of 1-10, Zack runs on an 11 most of the time.
Therapists call this “emotional regulation”.
I call it exhausting.
Zack is one of the happiest kids you will meet. His joy for the littlest things in life is unparalleled.
Yet the smallest disturbances can be overwhelming for him, too.
Zack is Zack.
This spring he competed in the Special Olympics with a team from his school and I cried proud Mom tears all day long.
New Opportunities and Trusting in the Lord
Next week Zack is headed off to camp. Not just day camp, but a real, honest-to-goodness overnight camp for a week. This is a camp for kids with special needs near where we live, and I know he’s going to have an amazing time.
My faith has grown since his initial diagnosis. But oh, how easy it would be to allow the ache of fear to settle back in the pit of my stomach.
Sending my baby to camp is taking a giant mom step without seeing the land in front of me.
Zack’s never been away from us this long before, and we’ve never been away from him. We’ve never allowed anyone outside of our family to handle his diet.
This week I’ll be praying these 7 prayers about trusting in the Lord. Over these years, I’ve used these prayers as my lifeline as I’ve prayed protection over our family. Each verse has come to mean so much to me.
I’ve created a printable to go along with these verses, and it’s yours for free as part of my new Grow Your Faith printable pack (also free).
For those of you who Bible Journal, please look at my Trust in the Lord Bible journaling kit. It’s on sale this week and today is the last day to get the sale price. This kit has been super-popular with my readers and rarely goes on sale, so now is the time to get yours.
I will treasure these until my little man comes home again, and I colored a few extra for him that I tucked into his suitcase as a surprise to find when he arrives.
7 Bible Verses about Trusting in the Lord
Here are 7 Bible verses about trusting in the Lord.
“In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?”
“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.”
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.”
“And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
“It will be said on that day,
‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.’”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.”
What is a life situation where you need to trust in the Lord today? How can we pray for you?
Free Printable About Trusting in the Lord
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This printable is part of the Grow Your Faith free printable kit.
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