I received a private message from a sweet young mom of 4 children under 5 years old. She was concerned that she wasn’t teaching them, or doing enough to help them develop godly character traits. She was referring to my post about dressing your child according to the Bible. You can read the post here.
I gave her several suggestions of resources to use, and, hopefully, some ideas that she could use without adding stress or ‘more things to do’ in her already very full schedule!!
A word missing from her message, was ‘worry.’
I admire her for that. That word would have been included in an email that I would have written as a mom of young children. I struggled with worry.
One day I decided to study every verse in the Bible that included the word ‘worry.’ I was amazed at how many times the Bible mentions ‘do not worry.’ It’s actually more times than it mentions ‘do not murder.’
After several months of research, I concluded that worrying is another word for unbelief. Period.
If I believed God’s word, I wouldn’t worry. When the thoughts of worry come, which they will, I need to take them captive, as it says in Philippians 4:8.
I need to ask myself on a regular basis, “Is God in control, or not?”
If I believe that He is, I have no need to worry. If I don’t believe that God is in control, I need to spend more time learning about my Savior, in order to build a more solid relationship!
Here is a podcast from Dr. Tim Keller, the senior pastor from the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. It helped me make sense of some of my questions. The podcast is entitled, ‘Does God Control Everything?’
If I’m not going to worry………… then….. How do I know God’s perfect will? Can I know God’s perfect will? Can I mess up His will for my life? Can I protect my children from bad things that happen in life? Should I protect them from failing, or experiencing hard times?
I’d love to read your thoughts!
Photo of the sunrise from our back porch on Easter morning 🙂