Oh man. This raising teens/tweens business is not for the faint of heart. Can I get an amen?
The other night I just felt like I needed to get out of the house for a bit. I thought that it might be best for all parties involved if we took a breather and got some distance. Hubby offered to stay home with the children who I love dearly but who I’m also convinced are trying to make me lose my ever loving mind.
As I backed out of the driveway I realized that my original plan of heading downtown for some retail therapy wasn’t really going to cut it. What I needed to truly calm my spirit was open spaces, fresh air and beautiful scenery.
I turned the car in the other direction and soon found myself driving along winding country roads with the window rolled down and cool air soothing my overheated temper. And as I drove, I prayed for God to give me His word, His guidance, His wisdom.
And do you know what God told me? As clear as day, these words came to my mind.
“Hold on loosely, but don’t let go.”
Yes folks. Apparently God can even use the lyrics from a 38 Special song from 1981 to speak to you if He wants to.
I didn’t really care how He got my attention. Although, let me just say that it’s pretty awesome when you realize that God can use just about anything to speak to you, including random songs from the 80’s.
And, oh how I needed to hear those words.
It was like He was reminding me that these precious kiddos whom I absolutely adore, don’t really belong to me. They are HIS!
Sometimes I’m holding on so tightly because I’m absolutely terrified of messing up on the most important job I’ve ever been given. But God wants me to remember that while He has given me charge of these amazing humans, I’m simply a steward.
I’m to prepare and love and pray over and love and train and love and counsel and love some more. But, ultimately, He holds them in His hands and loves them even more than I do.
So, I can hold on a little more loosely. Not letting go of course!
But remembering that their Heavenly Father (and mine!) is unfolding an incredible story for their lives and I’m simply here to usher them into each new chapter.
Thanks for meeting me at the fence here today,