My daughter starts kindergarten this week and I don’t even want to talk about it. My heart is breaking to send her out into this world. It really is.
And every time I say: “But God, I want to keep her at home and protect her from this world forever. I want never want her to experience a broken heart and I never want her positive, joyful spirit to be crushed. I want her to do cartwheels, sing songs, and paint pictures just because. I want her to ask me to “watch this” 50 times a day. I want her to swing on her tree, play with her stuffed animals, and hold my hand as we walk to the park. I never want her to be told that she’s not smart enough or pretty enough or good enough. I never want her to feel rejected or insulted. I never want her to be exposed to the negativity and hate in this world. I need her at home with me all day every day and I never, ever, ever, ever want her to be out in this world, OK?”
But God says: “I understand…but this world needs her. Trust me.”
But that’s so hard especially when you’re a mama bear wanting to protect her cub, but then I have to remember whose cub she is in the first place.
We have to choose to trust the Lord. We have to give our children to the One who created them, loves them, and chose them to be exactly where they are in this time and place.
Oh that’s hard. Deep breaths.
Lord, bless my daughter as she goes into the world each day. Be near her
and help her to be strong. Remind her that in You there is no fear, but
instead there is the power to be confident, loving, and brave. Protect her
feelings and emotions. Help her to make good choices and give her an
assertive voice to share her own opinions and know that they matter. Help
her to be able to stand alone and always do the right thing and encourage
others to do the same. Give her a helpful heart and a kind spirit. Put
positive friends in her path, but also allow her to show love to those who
need You in their lives. Give her a heart to include others and encourage
them. Show her how to use the gifts that You have given her to be all that
You created her to be. Give her a healthy body image and allow her to see
her unique beauty and appreciate how she is wonderfully made. Protect her
each and every day. I know that You love my sweet girl even more than I
do. God, I give her to you. I trust her in Your loving, protective care.
In Jesus’ name…Amen!
I feel so powerless when my kids are away from me–especially when they are at school. I worry about their safety (especially in the crazy world we live in). I worry about their choices, their friends, their feelings. I worry about if they are showing respect and if they are being respected. I worry about them being brave to stand up for themselves and being even more brave to stand up for someone else. I worry that they will focus too much on their appearance or “being cool” and forget that what matters most is what’s in their hearts even though I tell them this 100 times a day. I worry that they will forget that they have the Creator of the universe living in their hearts and that through Him they have a very special purpose in this world that no one can take away from them. I worry that words, actions, and attitudes of hate, intolerance, and entitlement will leak into their words, actions and attitudes. I worry that I haven’t done enough. Will they remember about showing kindness and love to everyone no matter what they look like? Will they remember what we’ve taught them, what we’ve practiced, what we’ve encouraged in our home? Will they take God’s light into this world or will they allow this world to extinguish their light?
Have I done enough?
The worry cycle spins in my mind–round and round like clothes in a dryer, and I feel so dizzy and disoriented trying to sort it all out. The more I worry…the faster and more blurry everything gets. AAAAAAAHHHHH!
The bible tells us to worry about nothing and pray and praise God about everything, but that’s sure hard! But at some point, we have stop the worry cycle–literally turn it off or better yet, just unplug it, and give the entire load to Him. He will help us sort it, fold it, and put away in His Mighty, Loving Hands.
Breathe in. Breathe out. And pray.
Lord, bless my child as he goes into the world each day. Be
near him and help him to feel Your presence. Help him to be
brave and strong and courageous. Help him to feel confident
as he learns new things. Protect him, God, against
discouragement, frustration, and negativity. Guide him in all
he says and does. Give him a very strong conscience to help
him make the right choices, and give him an assertive voice to
share his opinions and know that they matter. Help him to
stand up for what is right even when no one else does. Put
positive friends in his path, but also allow him to show love to
those who need You in their lives. Give him a heart to include
others and encourage them, and show him ways to love, to be
helpful, and to be kind. Guard his heart and his mind against
the bad things that are in this world and show him how to use
the gifts that You have given him to be all that You created
him to be. Protect him each and every day. Be with him
wherever he goes. I know that You love my son even more than
I do. God, I give my son to you. I trust him in Your loving,
protective care. In Jesus’ name…Amen!
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