Help your child trust God for the future

The oak inside the acorn

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I want to help my child trust God for right now, and for the future. But how can I do this?

Recently a friend of mine posted on Facebook:

Does anyone else have a kid who needs to discuss deep theological issues at bedtime? Being the awesome parent that I am, my boy is now confident that God has a plan for his life. But I don’t think we settled on whether that plan is to build a rocket ship or a pet tornado.


I’m so glad my friend is taking the time to talk to her kids at bedtime. This is something that is so hard for me, because I want to simply pop them in bed and move on with my evening. But THIS is what Bedtime Devo Mama is all about – taking time out of our evenings to truly connect with our kids on a spiritual level.

One of the topics that can come up easily with our kids is the future and God’s plans for their lives.

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What am I going to do when I grow up?

What am I good at?

Am I even good at anything?

One of my boys wants to be an artist, although he’s pretty sure that he’d also make an awesome ninja. 😎 All I know is that, like a tiny seed, he has incredible potential. My job is to help him believe it and help him trust in God for the results.

These are such meaningful conversations to have, and can become even more meaningful when you have a powerful story to share.

The other day I read “The Oak Inside the Acorn” by Max Lucado with my boys, and while my 3 year old kept trying to drive his truck over the pages, the other two were glued to the story of the little acorn.

The acorn is afraid of going away from his mama, and then keeps wondering why he can’t grow oranges or beautiful flowers. But all along his mama’s words echo in his little acorn mind:

“Within you is a great oak. Just be the tree God made you to be.”

Help my child trust God for the future (and review of Max Lucado's book)

The little acorn grows into a magnificent tree, and he learns about being the tree God made him to be. He even gets to teach this lesson to a human being, which brings the story full-circle.

I would recommend this book on finding your unique purpose in life for ages 5-10, even though it is a picture book. The story is longer and deeper than your average picture book, and I think older kids will find that the story truly speaks to them and their questions of identity and purpose.

You can find this book, “The Oak inside the Acorn” by Max Lucado at your local library, your local Christian bookstore, or on Amazon. 

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10 best Christian picture books