Our children will face many challenges in their new lives, and so will we. Prepare to be challenged by the changing roles and expectations. Prepare for missteps and misunderstandings, and be ready for the great rewards of a new relationship with your children.
Give as much grace as you need to receive, and remember change takes time. Depend on God to provide wisdom and understanding as you get comfortable in your new nest.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
As hard as it is to watch our children grow up and move away, it is God's plan for our children and us. Being a parent means giving your sons and daughters the love, care, and training to go out into the world and be productive, contributing grown-ups. Proverbs 22:6 explains our job, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” So, when the time comes for our children to walk on their own, we can accept their new independence and know that they are prepared for the future.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
If you have experienced the ache of watching your last child walk into adulthood and leave home, then you are familiar with these emotions. If that time has not yet arrived, be encouraged. God has an excellent plan for your children and for you. The God of all comfort is waiting to comfort you, and us mothers who have tread this path before will be waiting to encourage you as well.
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