Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.

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Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.


Read part 2, Don’t Lean On Your Understanding


OUR THEME FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR: “Making Disciples For Life.” Matthew 28: 18-20

At St. John Lutheran Preschool & Tiger’s Den, we strive to create positive partnerships in our community.  A partnership that supports the needs and goals of each enrolled family as well as the greater community.
The mission of St. John Lutheran School & Tiger’s Den is to follow Christ’s example, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, prepare children for a life of discipleship by helping them grow in faith, knowledge, and character. 

Our Vision

Our vision is for each child to grow in his or her faith with Jesus. Our students encounter social experiences that will build their social competence and collaboration skills.  They will play and learn in an inviting and secure Christian environment, nurturing the whole child, spiritually, socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.
Hours of operation foR the  Tiger’s Den
6:30 am – 5:30 PM
Preschool registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open! Call 419-782-1751 for more information or visit us at
Our Philosophy – 
We believe:
-Jesus is at the center of our program and that the Holy Scriptures are our guide in educating God’s children.
-Children are to be encouraged to learn and grow by foundation of developmentally                    appropriate experiences where all children can succeed in a safe, Christian, and nurturing environment.
-Each Child is a unique individual created by God and that they all can learn in their own way.
-Children learn best through meaningful play that encourages curiosity, discovery and problem  solving which allows each child growth and development of a positive self-image.
Education should reflect the integration of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional,                          language, self-help, and spiritual areas for the total development of the child.
Parents are the child’s first teachers and that children learn best when parents are involved
in the educational program.
-The primary bridge between home and school is the involvement of the congregation and                  community in training and equipping the child as the Bible reveals. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it”.  Proverbs 22:6

“I have called you by your name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

After our national Lutheran schools Accreditation Team Left, We received great news that we are now accredited for early childhood and EBA (K-8). there are only three other Lutheran schools in the state of Ohio that have achieved this honor.
                    Tiger’s Den Registration for  
                 the 2022-23 School Year Is 
             Now Open. If you need childcare
           before or after school, please 
        See the Parent Resources Page
      for our Registration Form. call
    419-782-1751 for more Information!
Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”   – Pablo Picasso
St. John Lutheran Preschool & Tiger’s Den
Christian Childcare Center
 655 Wayne Ave  Defiance, OH 43512    419-782-1751

St. John Lutheran School admits students of any race, sex, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, tuition assistance, athletic and other school administered programs.

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