“For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (Holman)
This week has been a growing, life changing experience because my oldest son, Kaleb, who is turning 17 and getting his driving license, is embarking upon this world without my “constant” supervision. I have cried out my anxieties and aches before the Lord because the thought of anything catastrophic happening to my son is overwhelming. My Abba has been so gentle with my pain, but He has not let me stay in that dreadful place of fear. He slowly opened my eyes to valid truth–each person has their own journey (Proverbs 3:5-6)
God began to remind me of a few characters in the Bible who had to take their own journey in order to impact this world for His Kingdom.
* Jacob cheated his brother and lied to his father. On his journey back home to see his brother after many years, Jacob was full of fear; however, in the middle of a night he wrestled with an angel, and his fear was replaced with peace. His relationship with his brother was restored and his name changed to Israel.
* Moses had to journey far from home because he committed murder. On his journey, he had an encounter with God in a burning bush. He led God’s people, the Israelites, out of slavery.
* Saul was on a journey to persecute Christians when He had an amazing transformation with Jesus. Saul became Paul and was an amazing missionary of great endurance. He also wrote 13 letters in the New Testament.
All my anxiety boils down to a heart question, “Do I TRUST God?” Honestly, my actions don’t always line up with what I know to be a fact. God has been so faithful to my family and me that trusting Him should be easy, but watching my heart walk out of my body in the form of my son creates conflict between truth and emotions (fear). Freedom is letting go a little at a time as our children begin to embark on their very own journey.
1. What fears are holding you back from being the wife/mom you were created to be?
2. Are there any areas that you need to allow your children freedom to embark on their own journey?
1. Think of a way to stretch each of your children to begin their own journey. Stretching our children is encouraging them to take their next step in their adventure. It might be potty training, chores, reading on their own, mowing the lawn, having their own devotional time, or owning their faith.
2. Look for ways that your children have started their own journey and verbally acknowledge their progress.
3. Share your God journey with your children as you eat breakfast. Celebrate His faithfulness to you and your family.
In her free time, she enjoys studying the Bible, cheering on her children at football games and dance performances and ministering at her church. Her passion to teach ladies is based on Isaiah 50:4, “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens me each morning; He awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed”