I had no idea how hard it would be to watch him walk away. In all the years of raising my son, I never thought about how painful it would be when he left home. A delight in our home, and the maker of many a “family chuckle,” his mere presence would be deeply missed as he began a new life 1500 miles from home.
This is what we’ve raised him for, for the last 19 years: to give him wings to not only fly (figuratively and literally in his case as he pursues a career as a pilot), but to soar. To follow the dream God instilled in his heart, and watch him make his way in the world.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people show a lack of respect for others. It seems that in today’s society, social graces focus less on respecting others and more on a “me first” mentality. During my quiet time recently, I read from 1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love your Christian brothers and sisters, fear God and respect the king.” These tips are some of the ways I’m teaching my children to show respect to others.
God always knows what we need. After a struggle with depression, Kim realized she needed to learn a whole new way of thinking if she wanted to leave depression behind for good. God did something life-changing. He sent a spiritual mentor that provided friendship discipleship. Read more of Kim’s story here.
Our children belong to God. He loves them more than we do. It’s our job to train our children in the way they should go. As they leave the nest, we trust God with them and trust him to be true to His word.
Are you ever caught by surprise by the events of life? Do you ever wake up and wonder how you got there? How has time passed so quickly? That’s where I found myself.
People warned me it would happen:
“They grow up quickly,” they cautioned.
“Before you know it, they’ll be graduating,” others warned.
I perhaps identify with the descriptors brokenhearted and crushed in spirit more now than I ever have. Even when I went through the valley of depression, I didn’t describe myself as “crushed in spirit.” The weight of the past year has been heavy but the betrayal of another left me feeling both brokenhearted and crushed in spirit. [more]