Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:08

Dr. Den Trumbull, Pediatrician, Pediatric Healthcare

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RRJ:  You grew up knowing who Jesus was, but as a teen you say you saw Him in a different light.  What would you say brought you to this awareness?

 

Dr. Trumbull:  Although I knew about Jesus, I didn’t know him personally.  In high school, I attended a summer camp with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and heard the late Dallas Cowboys Football Coach Tom Landry speak about his relationship with Christ.  It was then that I realized my sinful nature and my need for a Savior. 

 

RRJ:  You mentioned that the more you learn about Jesus, the more you realize your need for sanctification.  Did discovering your need for a Savior change your outlook on your life and purpose? 

 

Dr. Trumbull:  Knowing Jesus as my Savior and reading His word, the Bible, have given me purpose in life.  Prior to knowing Christ as my Savior, my purpose in life was all about me and fulfilling my desires.  After becoming a believer, my purpose has been to serve God out of thankfulness for my undeserved salvation and to glorify Him above myself.  My purpose now has eternal value, where my purpose before was only temporal and earthly. 

As I grow in my faith, I become increasingly aware of my sinful nature and appreciate even more my salvation through Jesus’ death of the cross.  God has taught me most of all how to forgive others (even when I don’t feel like doing it), through Christ’s example in forgiving me while I was a sinner and undeserving (Romans 5:8). 

 

RRJ:  During your years of college and medical school, were there people in your life who helped you grow in the Lord?  In what ways? 

 

Dr. Trumbull:  My fellow medical students in the Christian Medical Association encouraged me, and my pastor, Steve Brown, at Key Biscayne Presbyterian, taught me application of my faith.

 

RRJ:  Dr. Trumbull, you are obviously a “soldier” in the Lord’s army.  What keeps you “battle ready”? 

 

Dr. Trumbull:  Believers need the whole armor of God as mentioned in Ephesians Chapter 6, especially the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Small group meetings with other believers has helped, and regularly attending church where I hear scripture taught has been essential to my ability to fight the temptations of Satan and the world. Equally important in my readiness has been the influence of my wife, Nancy, who is my encourager, my primary accountability partner, and my best friend.

 

RRJ:  Besides your work at Pediatric Healthcare, you have also been working on a book that will be released early next year.  Can you tell our readers about the theme of your book and what led you to write it?

 

Dr. Trumbull:  The title and theme of my book is Loving by Leading.  I have noticed parents are hesitant to be authority figures to their children. Consequently, they tend to follow rather than lead their children. My book explains why children desperately need parents to guide them, and then gives practical ways to do it.  This starts even in the first year of a child’s life with sleep training, which will benefit a child for years to come. 

Children need discipline, which does not mean punishment, but rather guidance.  I have written about the importance of using all the components of discipline in a balanced fashion: Relationship, Instruction, Affirmation, and Correction.  Rules without a relationship will not work, and correction without affirmation (encouragement) will fall short.  Our children need to know that our love for them is unconditional, even when we correct or punish them.  Children know they need discipline from their parents, and they feel loved when it is shown in a balanced way.

This book will be available in the spring through my parenting website, GoodParent.org.

 

RRJ:  What encouragement/advice would you offer our readers who are struggling to live their faith outside of the church walls?  

 

Dr. Trumbull:  We can’t live out our faith in our own power; we need the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We also need to step out and trust God to go before us.  I remember when I started my practice how I was hesitant to pray with patients due to my nervousness and concern about what they might think. Now I’m comfortable to pray with my patients when they consent.  I began to pray for the right opportunity and that I would be sensitive to my patient’s needs.  I have since learned that I must step out and trust God with the results.  Believers must expect rejection and persecution (2 Corinthians 12:9-10), but when we are weak, He is strong.

Finally, I am especially encouraged to know that when I fail to walk as I should, God is faithful to forgive.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)  This verse has been a life-long reminder to me of God’s love.

 

 

Dr. Den Trumbull has been married 31 years to his wife, Nancy. They have five children, one grandchild, and another on the way.  Dr. Trumbull and Nancy attend Eastwood Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.

 

 

 

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