This is a “Doodle request” for my sweet friend and “personal assistant” Linda:)
I have been out of town for about a week, visiting my daughter and her family with my husband and last little chick… he has now flown out of the nest.
It was a hard day. I guess we are really empty nester’s now.
I love my kids so…I love all kids really. God has blessed me with this heart and I desire to be obedient in all He has called me to do.
But, I know that He also calls me to release my children to His care. I have learned this over the years…they are His. Thankful for that. We are called to “train up” the children our Father has entrusted to us…knowing that He alone is their safety net…their source of life.
This is difficult to live out in the midst of the child rearing years. We want to guide and direct their paths…but we fall short when we lead…it’s more important to trust and to remain obedient, falling under God’s authority. It is a daily tug of war…but one that provides great fruit for us all as we lean in hard…letting our tight grasp release to our Creator.
Some days (especially during the “teen years”) I would often literally step away from conflict and pray. “God please give me the patience to trust you in this, to follow your lead Holy Spirit… please give me the temperament to speak with love FIRST.”
Praying for the confidence in knowing that no matter what “misguided choices” they may make, that God is faithful and will reveal Himself to them in His perfect timing…leading them home.
I must commit them to their Father in heaven…daily…no matter how grown up and independent they become:)
Our sweet little grandson Ethan, is back in the hospital struggling.
As difficult and heart breaking as this journey has been…I know that our Father has not abandoned this child. But in my flesh, I must commit this little one and his parents again to His care alone.
Our Savior has made a way for us…this is not our home.
So, we will continue to listen to what our Loving Father teaches us…finding both peace and a grateful heart in our obedience and praise.
If you are reading this, and would be so generous to pray for Ethan and his precious parents I would be so grateful.