Now, Let’s Readdress Those Original Questions:
“What will you do with yourself?”
Answer: “I’m going to concentrate on my relationship with the Lord and my husband.”
“What will you do with all your free time?”
Answer: “I’m going to make myself available to the women in my church family. I’m going to offer myself as a spiritual mother and, Lord willing, help the younger ladies grow in their faith.”
“How does it feel not having all your children with you?”
Answer: “It feels strange and I confess, sometimes it’s lonely. But, I raised my kids to leave home and I trust God to direct their paths.”
“Isn’t it strange to not be needed anymore?”
Answer: “I’m still needed, just in a different way.”
Unless the Lord returns soon, we aren’t the last group of women to become empty nesters. We should be honest and admit that some days are lonely and that change is hard.
But let’s also lead by example and show those next in line that this new stage of life can be exciting, fulfilling, and God-honoring! Let’s give those next in line something to look forward to, something to aspire to, and something to be thankful for!
Beth Ann Baus is a wife and homeschooling mom of two boys. She is a freelance writer and author of the novel, Sister Sunday. In her writing, Beth often pulls from her own experiences of abuse, anxiety, depression, and OCD. Beth has a heart for women’s ministry and is in the process of becoming a certified Biblical Counselor. She loves serving alongside her husband and pointing couples to the Word for strengthening their marriages and home life. You can find more from her at www.bethannbaus.com.
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