How to Trust God When Life Turns Upside Down

Inside: Trusting God during anxious times and when your life is turned upside down. A prayer in times of stress is included in this post.

The waitress led my husband and me to a dark, oak table and handed us the menus. A few minutes passed, and we placed our order. We were on a long-overdue date lunch, and we were glad to spend some time kid-free. My phone vibrated with a text from his sister that sounded urgent, so I gave him my cell and told hubby to step outside.

My mind immediately went to worst-case scenarios, and I just prayed over and over to keep hearts comforted and our trust in Him regardless of the circumstance. How do you trust God during anxious times?

His mom had passed in the night. She hadn’t been sick. She had been full of life and had been serving others only moments before her death.

Life turned an 180 degree right at that moment.

When Everything Changes

Have you been there when a bomb descends out of nowhere, and it takes your breath away?

You almost need to pinch yourself because it just seems like a nightmare.

Anxiety starts to bubble up, and fear descends from this dropped bomb.

How do we reel back after our world changes forever?

I don’t know about you, but my initial reaction is to try and fix the problem, find an answer online, or roll up my sleeves and do something. As a mom, this is my default action in most circumstances.

However, sometimes we can’t “do” anything. We just need to rest in God’s wisdom regardless of the situation. We can find reassurance in the pages of the Bible and see how God has come through every time for His followers in some way. Even when it doesn’t make sense to us, God works it all out for our good.

Do you find yourself ever questioning if God screwed up? Took someone way before their time, didn’t let you at least say goodbye and bid them farewell.

There’s a Reason for Life Turning Upside Down

Here’s what I’m wondering, if God allowed us to get our way, we wouldn’t have to trust and surrender to His plans.

Can I be honest, this momma has a hard time with the surrendering idea. The thought of giving everything to God and blindly trusting isn’t a strong suit of mine. It requires me to be intentional and keep giving it over to God again and again.

If I knew when I’d died, I would indulge my human desires and leave God in the dust for a while. I’d worship all that could fill my body, and forget about the importance of my soul. Whereas when I don’t know what hour or day, I need to surrender to what He wills.

 Trusting God During Anxious Times

Trust and Surrender are the foundations for accepting what happens in this Christian walk. However, it’s hard for our sinful natures to choose these actions, isn’t it?

We want a plan. Isn’t this always the case? Our human minds want to know what we need to accomplish and the steps to get there. It takes a far greater intention to put our trust in someone else’s plans.

In psychology, radical acceptance means to accept life on life’s terms not resisting what you cannot or choose not to change. 1

As a Christian, I’d like to think we should practice radical acceptance but on God’s terms. We trust Him no matter what, we practice “radical rest.” God gives us comfort and peace for our weary souls. We can endure life because of Him regardless of the circumstance.

This type of rest is radical because it goes against our human nature, it goes against our culture. Believers have peace and clarity because God rules, dictates and directs all of our days.

(Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT).
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Finding radical rest in God by trusting Him during anxious times by:

1. Being confident in God regardless of our situation
2. Trusting Him with all of our heart, which means not doubting Him.
3. Realizing our insight is limited, and we can’t always figure it out.
4. Remembering our understanding is only human, and we don’t know as much as God knows.
5. Seeking God out and listening to Him.
6. Keeping resentment of Him away when bad things happen to us.
7. Grasping His love for us unconditionally, forever.

God Provides True Rest

As a Christian woman and mom, I want to find this radical rest in the midst of my day and in hard times. Filling myself with God melts away any fear, anxiety or stress. Finding this rest allows us to deal with the good and bad things that happen in this life.

God can be trusted.

When we become practiced in trust and surrender, circumstances that ascend upon us don’t have the power to keep us down. Sure, we will be upset and need time to process the unexpected, but we don’t remain there forever.

We can cling to God, His provisions and His care knowing He is guiding and directing our lives. We can rest in Him because He is working it out for our good.

(Romans 8:28, NLT).
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

A prayer for times of stress

Heavenly Father, Thank you for being there for me at all times. Life has been hard, and unexpected things have happened which are causing me to feel anxious and stressed. I know I’m supposed to surrender and trust you, but many times it’s hard for me to do this. Please comfort me and give me the desire to trust you in all of my life. Help me surrender to your plans even when I don’t understand. Let me find hope in you when my questions don’t receive answers. You promise that everything works together for my good. Amen!

 

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31 thoughts on “How to Trust God When Life Turns Upside Down

  1. I am so sorry for your loss and I’m praying right now for you and your family. This post is such good advice for all of us – rest in Him who provides TRUE rest.

  2. A great reminder for us all, regardless of where we are in live, today, or what we’re facing, Julie. “God can be trusted.” Amen. {Visiting from #RaRaLinkup}

  3. Thank you so much for this post, we are going through a dry season right now, and, like you said, I KNOW I can trust God, but I too want to know the plan, how He is going to get us through this and I too find myself trying to fix it myself.
    Praise God He is so good, and He already knows what we struggle with and why, and is so very patient with us! I am visiting you today from Testimony Tuesday link up, God bless you!

  4. I left home when I was 17 and when that short marriage fell apart, I had no desire to go back. I decided early that it was up to me to solve whatever problems came my way. When I had made a proper mess of things, God in His mercy showed me that He had been there all along. But letting go of that control took some time, especially, when life got turned upside down. It’s so freeing to know that He is still in control in the most turbulent of times! Thanks for a great post!

    1. Donna- I am a solver too:) It’s releasing when we can let Him lead and trust in His good plans. I’m so glad you encouraged me!

  5. Oh Julie, so sorry to read about your mother-in-law… My husband and I once sat down in a restaurant only to start getting calls and texts that my mom who had arrived early to meet us for an event next door thought she was having a heart attack- 911 was called and everything… your mind and your world truly does shift- and can certainly topple in those moments. Thank you for the wise words and practical points to keep in mind- God is truly in control. Here’s to resting in him capable hands. God bless y’all girl! ♥

    1. Heather- I’m hoping it turned out to be something else and not a heart attack? Those moments can rattle us, which is why we need God. We can endure everything with Him.

  6. Julie, what a sobering reminder of just how little is in our control and within our realm of knowing. Great points about trust- why we need to trust Him and how trustworthy He is! Thank you!

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. My husband’s mom died suddenly too. I remember how that ordinary day suddenly turned tragic. Lately, I’ve been really growing in point #3 and remembering that I don’t always have to have everything figured out. Sometimes I’m just trying to figure out the “right” thing to do and I’m so consumed about it and realize I don’t always need to figure everything out. But I do need to rest.
    I pray that you can find joy in the morning. Love you friend!

  8. God has really been impressing on my heart this need for abandoned faith and trust in Him. I’m an over thinker and a fixer too, so my mind always goes to worst case. It takes intention for me to bring those thoughts captive and believe that no matter what, God is in control. I’m encouraged by your words today about being confident in Him. He is so worthy of that faith. Glad to visit from By His Grace today.

  9. Julie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for providing us with things we can do/remember when we are feeling anxious. I am certain this list will help me to get out of my own head and relax into His trusting arms. Thank you for your encouraging words, I’m visiting you today from #TeaAndWord Linkup.

  10. Julie,
    I am so sorry for your loss! Sending prayers that you will feel Gods arms of comfort.

    I like your reference to radical acceptance. RA is one of my most valuable skills. I also love Karyn Hall. We serve on a board together.

    I know for me my trust has been put to the test many times. Just recently I was jostled back to a place of fear, and I had to take the steps again on something I had already given to God and radically accepted. It was difficult. I find when I say out loud. “I TRUST YOU, GOD!” It really helps point me in the right direction. Of course I probably also add, “I have no idea why you are doing this, but I TRUST YOU, GOD!”

    Blessings,

    Maree

    1. Maree- thank you for your insight! I love your recommendation, I’m going to try this the next time fear steps in! Blessings friend!

  11. May the Lord bless you and carry you through this time in your life. Thank you for the prayer in times of stress. Well written. In the past I have struggled with a “why bother making plans if the Lord is just going to override my free will” attitude. I still struggle with this from time to time and I continue to pray about it. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Every so often, life reminds us that we are not independent of God. It is when darkness seems to surround you that you must hold on to the wonderful memories and know that He will never leave or forsake you. Trust God wholeheartedly because he loves you. Daily we need to believe and hold tightly to His promise for our future which is to prosper, give us hope, and a future.

    1. Michelle- Yes, we need God every single minute. So much wisdom in your comment! Thank you for stopping and sharing!

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