Trusting God with your child

Surrendering My Child’s Future to God

God is the Master Planner.

When you truly give Him the reins, don’t be surprised when He moves you out of a comfortable place because He has a better plan.

My husband and I prepared our speeches. We’d prayed for the right words. Now we prayed for the Holy Spirit’s presence and then stood before the board members, administration, teachers, and fellow parents. We were going to step on some toes, but knew God was our confidence.

As we left the packed board meeting that night, a mom ran up to me in the parking lot. She said, “I’ve always wanted to stand up and speak like that, but I heard that if you do, your child will never make the sports teams again. I wasn’t willing to risk that.”

My heart sank. Had we just ruined our daughter’s future at this school? We prayed in the car before driving home, asking God to remove fear and that His will would be done.

Accepted after an application and interview process, our daughter was a tuition student at this “prestigious” public school. But one week after the board meeting, we received the call. A school administrator said our daughter had done nothing wrong, but that her dad and I were not in alignment with the school. Therefore, we could not renew our daughter’s contract. When I pressed for clarification, the response was loud and insufficient.

God is our Guide

My husband and I felt the sting of injustice. We knew speaking up had caused this. We had stood for righteousness. Our emotions swirled, but we stopped and prayed. We asked God to give us guidance, discernment, and peace in the chaos.

The words we’d obediently spoken had shifted our carefully laid plans. Our plan was for her to graduate from this school as an athlete and honor student. Now we needed to trust that He had something better on the other side of our obedience.

We did not belong.

This trial was a reminder that this world is not our home. John 15:19 says, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

Many of our schools are looking more and more like the world with anti-God curriculum. “Woe unto those who call evil good and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20a). As believers, we must decide if we are going to tolerate the world or take a stand and distance ourselves from it.

We sought God’s will for our family and brought our daughter home to finish high school. I know I am not the only mama who has felt the urgency to homeschool. I have watched many parents pull their children out of the world and into their home.

Well-meaning friends warned, “If you homeschool your children, they won’t fit in.” Amen! That is our goal! We are not called to fit in to this world, but to stand out.

God is our Provider

Moms, if you are feeling the tug, be encouraged. Fearful questions may come, but the Living God provides for every need. When I questioned my abilities, a few veteran homeschooling moms were there to answer questions and help me navigate a whole new journey.

Our daughter finished strong. We had the flexibility to travel. We picked her curriculum, taught her Bible class, and ate meals together. She gave up high school sports, but also the stress and chaos that permeated every school activity. I got my daughter back. God even gave us creative ideas to implement, so she graduated a year early and started college as a sophomore.

Nothing is impossible when you surrender your plans and ask God to realign your family with His will. Attending my weekly Moms in Prayer group strengthened my faith and reminded me to look to God first. As we grasp His character, we can trust that He has a plan, and it will be good.

Pray with me:

Dear Heavenly Father, You are so faithful. You guide us through good times and difficult ones and give us creative ideas to solve problems. More importantly, You call us to be set apart and holy. We thank you for Your Holy Spirit. He gives us exactly what we need as we face new challenges. Many moms are facing a crossroads for their children’s education. Father, show them You are a Waymaker, a daily guide, and a provider. They can do all things with You as their God. As James 1:5 states, if anyone lacks wisdom, let them ask of You. Give us wisdom today, Father. Bring us to our knees as we confess and repent of our sins, and lead us on Your narrow path, unafraid of the consequences of man. May we be so obedient that our trust in You outweighs the pull of worldly treasures. You alone are our Savior, and we surrender our plans and exchange them for Yours. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


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Julie Graybill, author and praying momJulie Graybill is a wife, mom, prayer warrior, and writer with a passion for making God famous! She has been involved in Moms in Prayer since her kids were in elementary school and absolutely loves being a group leader. She currently serves on the Moms in Prayer Georgia state team and as an area coordinator, encourages current leaders and trains new ones. Julie is the mother of two daughters and has been married for 23 years to her college sweetheart, Nathan. Please visit to connect with Julie and to read testimonies of God’s ability to bring good through ALL things.

Comments 10

  1. I’m so happy to see this story shared here! It is a true testimony of standing for righteousness, without fear of man, but in full surrender to the Lord for the outcome! And MIP is just the community to help foster and raise up more mommas like Julie! (And great fathers like Nathan.)

    1. Thank you Julie for sharing your experience and testimony with us. It is encouraging to hear that we can prevail even when our core Christian values are tested. God always makes a way and He assures that He is Immanuel, God with us. This reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures, Rom 12:2, well explained by the AMP version -“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ ‭AMP‬‬. Thank you and may we have the boldness to speak up always. My prayer is that we remain rooted in Christ, unmovable and unshaken till Christ returns in Jesus name. Amen. Shalom ✝️

      1. Hi Laura! Thank you for sharing! I absolutely agree – He is always with us. God fights our battles and in our weakness, He is our mighty strength! I love the verse you shared (Rom 12:2). It truly is a daily decision to NOT be conformed to the world and to allow Him to transform us. We are awaiting the beautiful return of Jesus Christ. As we choose obedience to enter the narrow gate, He will help us endure to the end. Blessings to you Laura.

    2. Thank you Bridget! You have been such a strong friend in the faith. God knew we’d need each other during this motherhood journey. I appreciate the way you also stand for righteousness and continually seek truth. You’ve encouraged me by your example to do what is right regardless of pressure or fear. I’m so thankful for the praying army of moms that strengthen my faith and remind me how to fight my battles (on my knees!). Love you friend!

  2. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, thank you for sharing your passion and continue the legacy your godly parents impart on you. You and family are a blessing to so many and God gets the glory ❤️

  3. Julie,
    You an anointed wife, mom, writer, and Christian! But most importantly to me, you are my precious daughter!
    Thank you for standing up for the truth and for sharing your faith so powerfully with all of us who need to hear your testimony.
    I love you more than words can express!

    1. Thank you Dad! You raised me to courageously stand up for what is right! Thank you for being an example of what faithful obedience looks like. I am beyond blessed to be your daughter! I love you! Julie

  4. Julie, thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. You are standing strong and making a difference for many others who look to you as a faithful servant. May you continue to be strong and stand for righteousness in a world with often broken values. God bless!

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