Women’s Ministries Retreat – Devotional #4

When I Am Afraid


When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Psalm 56:3 NIV


When our daughter was learning to talk and sing at preschool, we learned Scripture together through Steve Green’s Hide’em in your Heart tapes. I have trouble remembering Bible verses, and now I’m realizing that those lively tapes were as profitable for me as they were for my daughter. I still find myself singing those songs.

When my daughter was in fourth grade, I had the parent privilege of going with the class on their long-awaited field trip to George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. It was the morning of 9/11.

My daughter, several friends, and I were in the very back of the bus. When we got to Mount Vernon, which is only thirteen miles from the Pentagon, we parked outside the entrance and waited to get off the bus. Just as we started wondering why we weren’t getting off, another mother got a call on her cell phone, telling her that planes had flown into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

As the shock started to seep in, the song “When I Am Afraid” came to mind. By God’s grace, I was able to comfort my daughter and tell her the truth, which doesn’t change with the circumstances of life. God is in control! We can trust Him and not be afraid.

We didn’t get off the bus that day until we arrived back home. What a comfort in knowing who we can trust—a loving God, in an untrustworthy world—because He has given everything—Christ Jesus, His only Son, as our eternal salvation and earthly peace.


Sing with me, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”


The Sweet Monday devotional is written by Kim Newlen, Founder and President  www.SweetMonday.org We are blessed to have Kim Newlen as one of guests for our upcoming Women’s Ministries Retreat April 20-22, 2012.  We will be highlighted devotionals from our guests from now until the retreat.  Keep checking back!


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