For many parents, this is the time of year when the balance of home life takes a major shift as our children enter a new school season. Whether it is the oldest child or the baby, it is a bittersweet experience for a parent to watch a child grow up and grow away.
Ten years ago, I had my share of ugly crying as one child entered college, one entered middle school, and one entered elementary school all in the same week. To say I was overwhelmed with emotions is an understatement.
As I prepared to send my oldest daughter to college, I looked back on 18 years of mothering and wondered if I did everything right. Did I teach her everything she needed to know? Will she make good choices? Will she surround herself with positive influences? What if she needs me? Is she going to be okay? Am I going to be okay?
Spoiler alert: We were both okay!
A passage of scripture that has been comforting for me as a parent through the years can be found in
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT):
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
If you are facing some transitions in your own family, the best way to have a peaceful heart and mind is to commit to praying for your child and trusting God with their future.
Don’t let fear and worry take away the joy that comes with walking your precious child through a milestone of life. Trust their Father in heaven who is the best parent they could ever have! He is going to be a constant presence in their life when you can’t be.
“This is my command — be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)