When I sat down this morning, I had no idea what I would write about, but God came through. I opened a document that I began writing the other day and at the top was my life verse. It fits perfectly with my upcoming week, and surely there are many people out there who are going through the same thing: move-in day at the colleges and universities.
My daughter and I are traveling to Mississippi this week, where she’ll spend the next two years (minus breaks) in a Ph.D. program (proud mama). So, it’s not like she’s eighteen and has been living with me this whole time, and now I’m going to be an empty nester. She moved out over ten years ago, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
I’m thankful for technology that will allow me to see her even though we’re a billion miles apart (that may be an exaggeration, but in my mind, it might as well be that far). I’m tearing up now just thinking about it. She’s my baby and always will be. She’s frozen in time as a happy two-year-old who needs her mama.
So to all of you going through this separation over the next few weeks, know that you’re being prayed for and lifted up in God’s loving arms. We have to trust in the Lord and know that He’s got our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc., in His sights and will help them along their own paths according to His sovereign plan.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Please join me this week in praying for all those who will be separated from their adult children and relatives as school restarts across the country. Pray that the adults will trust in the Lord to care for their precious children. Pray for the children (young adults) to look to the Lord and make decisions that align with God’s plan for their lives. Pray that those who are saved take their light with them and share the gospel with everyone they meet. Pray that those who are not saved meet someone who leads them to Christ. Let’s also pray that the time spent traveling together is God-honoring. Pray that God gives us the words to speak to our children – words that they need to hear. Let’s pray all of these things in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.