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Trusting God with the "Small Stuff"

Erin Davis 10/20/10 | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Category: Faith ; 21 comments

girl with locketI was around ten years old when I first realized that God was in the small stuff. I lost a locket that my grandma had given me. I prayed and prayed about when to tell my mom. One night as I lay in bed, something prompted me to find my mom and fess up about the missing locket.

It wasn't my emotional side that pulled me out of bed. That part of me was too scared of getting into trouble to ever tell my mom that my locket was missing. It wasn't my rational side. That part of me would have told the truth as soon as the locket went missing. I didn't tell my mom the truth out of obligation or because I was a "good daughter." I told because God's Sprit nudged me to do so. Even at ten years old, I understood that He was answering my prayer.

Guess what? She didn't freak out. She didn't even yell. My mom pulled me into her lap and said she wasn't worried about the locket and she was proud of me for telling her the truth.

This is my earliest memory of an answered prayer.

Cute story, huh? Of course a ten-year-old would pray about something as insignificant as a missing locket. By now I should have moved on to more important prayers, right?

Lately, I've been reminded that God cares about even the tiniest details of my life. I think He truly meant what He said when He told me to trust Him with everything.

Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Everything? Really? I think I always assumed this verse meant "everything" as in everything spiritual or everything I wouldn't be too embarrassed to mention in my Sunday school class. But everything, everything? I guess I've never really trusted that God cares about the insignificant worries of my life.

The memory of the lost locket from my childhood has me wanting to take God at His Word. It's got me thinking that He really does care about every corner of my life and that I can truly trust Him with every detail.

Certainly that doesn't mean that all potential conflicts will go as smoothly as my locket confession, but it does mean that my God is with me through every trial no matter how huge or seemingly insignificant.

What about you? Is there evidence that God cares about the "small stuff" in your life? Can you think of a time when God helped you in a circumstance that was making you feel anxious or unsteady? Are you trusting Him with everything today?

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    Emii
    Re:
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 1:43 am
    All I can say is, I really need to hear this right now. I saw I had an email for this blog post, and I suppose God answered my prayer even just then. Because I hoped it would be something like this, and...it was.
    So thankyou.
    And I love that verse. It truly does mean everything.
    cowgirl
    amen
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 8:07 am
    Thank you for this. I needed this today. Sometimes I think I can handle the little things and let God take care of the big things, but it is just not true. Thank you for much needed conviction.
    Christa
    Thank you
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 10:54 am
    I really needed this right now.
    God bless.
    AnnaMarie
    Trusting
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    Always trust in the Lord. Thanks Erin for the post, it really gave me a good start for today.

    AnnaMarie <3
    bryonna
    :)
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    thank ya so much i tend to forget that God does care about EverythinG! in our lives, thanks for reminding me:)
    bryonna
    1 thing
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm
    1 more thing i 4got 2 mention is that a couple years ago i wz about 12 i lost a locket too that had a pic of my great grandma n grandpa in it who had passed away b4, and i prayed 4 it 2:)
    turns out i found it:)
    Jaime
    Re:
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm
    One of the most rememberable "insignificant" prayers God answered was about one of my horses. I prayed and prayed that my horse's foal would be born healthy (the previous two had died). Even though it doesn't sound important to most people, her foal was born without any issues and yeah I thank Him greatly for the uneventful birth and that the foal is healthy and thriving :)
    I'm still trying to believe that God cares about the simple, insignificant things in my life. I know he cares if I'm upset or happy or any other emotion, but I feel bad when I pray about how I'm worried over something small instead of praying for something more significant; like the spread of His Word.
    Marie
    Trusting God
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    Thank you so much for posting this today. I really needed to be reminded of that verse in this stage of my life!
    I am in college right now and God is really teaching me to trust in Him by relying on His strength. I thought I learned that in high school, but in a new place with bigger challenges, it's just so easy to get caught up in relying on my own strength to pull through... Until I can't anymore. I've been feeling God nudging me lately to put my trust in Him, so that what I do is not me doing it, but Him working in me. I am worried and anxious about many things, and I don't need to be-- I only need to listen to Him!
    mercedes
    wow
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm
    God really does care about the small things. He cares about the ladybugs and even the little ants. He also loves them just as much he loves us.
    Lizeth
    just a question
    on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm
    Hello, I've read the book Lies young woman believe (that's why I found this blog) and also I've seen most of your posts, but...just a question... why do you say "if that is God's plan for your life" talking about marriage? I mean, isn't it God's plan for everybody? and if it is not how do I know it? by the way, congratulations for this book, it is a blessing in my life, and it helped me a lot.
    Hope
    Wow.
    on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm
    wow. that was a good one! really hit me in the face, most of my life (since i've been a christian) people have been talking to me about "trust God hope, he love you" "lay your burdens upon God hope, you'll feel better" and the list goes on, but i dont' think i've really put it in to practice really all that much. This blog has really challenged me lately and i've been able to actually carry out my amazing walk with Jesus, not just say the right things. Thanks so much Erin! love ya girl! ;)
    Ameera
    Really Needed This
    on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm
    Hello,
    Thank you so much for this post, right now in my life I am trying to trust God more with my life and not be anxious about it. Things that seem small to me are HUGE to him! Thanks again!
    Madeline
    Re:
    on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Once I was sitting on my top bunk with two teens. We were getting down and we heard a crack. The bottom board cracked in two! Two nights later I was sick to my stomach. Itold my dad, and He was not angry at all!
    Chloe
    my 13th birthday
    on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    When I turned 13 my friends and I were supposed to go rollerskating. We arrived at the skating rink it was closed so we went back to my house for cake and ice cream. After we had eaten and opened my presents we went in my room to hang out. I was sitting on my bed with one of my other friends, another friend came and sat down on the bed and one of the boards beneath it cracked. My Dad came into the room and asked what had happened only to find about six or seven girls laughing while one of them got it all on video. My Dad wasn't mad, he simply asked us to all step out of my room so he could fix the bed.
    Char
    Re:
    on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2:34 am
    WOW!!!!!! this is something i really needed today. i just recently gave my lofe back to Christ after turning my back on Him for many yrs and its been a struggle let me tell you. but now i know that God is IN IT ALL and now have been reminded that He is in the small stuff. THANK YOU. please pray for me.
    Mary
    Thanks
    on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 11:06 am
    I really needed to hear that. I do feel like sometimes he dosnt care about my problems or he is to busy to listen. But when I do tell him what's going on I feel so much better. :)
    Char
    re: mary
    on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm
    Mary, i know how you feel when you say that sometimes you dont think He is listening or cares,but what i do or try to do is remind myself that He IS ALWAYS there no matter what.
    praying for you
    Erin Davis
    Lizeth
    on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 7:58 am
    Marriage and motherhood is not God's plan for every woman. For example, one of the authors of "Lies Young Women Believe," Nancy DeMoss is still single and in her fifties.

    However, marriage and motherhood is God's plan for most women (for Scriptural backup on this point go back and re-read the chapter lies about the future in LYWB).

    I'm not sure you have to know which path God has for you. Faithfully serve Him and seek Him. Be open to following His will and stick to His standards for purity. If you are single now, faithfully serve Him single and if/when He brings a husband and children into your life, faithfully serve Him in those new roles.

    Does that make sense?

    Erin
    kayloni
    TELL ME MORE
    on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 12:17 am
    WOW.....I needed to hear this. I am just tapping into how much God loves me, and I didn't really think that He cared that much about the small stuff, but now I know better :) Do you know anymore scriptures about how God cares about the small stuff?
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    To Kayloni
    on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    Isn’t it awesome to recognize that God cares about every detail of our lives!?! I love Matthew 6:25-34 where Jesus reminds us not to worry about what we eat or what we will wear. He cares about those things. He also numbers the hairs on our head (Matt. 10:30). Psalm 139 tells of how He is aware of everything in our lives – when we rise up, when we sit down; he knows our thoughts and the words we will speak. I’m praying for you Kayloni and asking God to continue to make you aware of how intimately He is acquainted and cares about every detail of your life!
    Emma
    Re:
    on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11:36 am
    I really needed to hear this. The word of God is so simple but yet so fruitful. Everything truly means everything. I thank God for speaking through you.

    God Bless.

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