It’s been a busy few weeks in our family. Our youngest daughter Jenna graduated from Auburn University, temporarily moved back home, began looking for a kindergarten teaching position, and is leaving for Guatemala tomorrow to work in an orphanage for 6 weeks.
It’s a lot for a kid to do.
And it’s a lot for a mom to process.
When our babies are little, we have dreams for them to grow up to be nice people, godly people, people who will share Jesus’ love with others.
It’s rewarding when we can see this unfolding in front of our eyes alongside us.
But then when it’s time to put them on a plane for the unknown by themselves to do that, it’s a bit harder.
I don’t want to let her go.
We released our older daughter into the world a few years back. She’s done well with an established job and home and husband. But now it’s time to stand back for the baby to fly, too.
Do we have a choice anyway?
She’s been doing her own thing for awhile now. It’s one reason I’m proud of her. She’s been to El Salvador twice with me and once to Guatemala with her college church.
Now she’s going with no one but God to Guatemala.
So I don’t want to hold her back—I don’t want to hold God back either (as if I could!).
When I kiss her good-bye tomorrow, I’ll be counting on God to not let us down. I’ll trust that he’s boarding with her. That he’ll stay with her the whole time she’s gone. And that when she comes back, he’ll be there to help with that transition, too.
I won’t make him promise me that she won’t have hard times. I’m not naïve. But in the trials, I’ll be praying he’ll help grow her faith.
As God would have it, I’ve been memorizing James 1 this season. It sure seems applicable right now.
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
If you’d like to, please pray for Jenna’s journey tomorrow, too, for the orphans she’ll love on, for the God she’ll get love from.
I’m sending her with a copy of Jesus Calling so she can read it there, and her sister Morgan and I can read it here in Alabama to keep us connected in the Spirit while she’s gone. If you read it daily also, let me know and I’ll say a prayer for your journey as well.
¡Hasta luego, my sweet girl! Dios te bendiga.
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Have you had to release your kids already too? Still to come? Please share in the comments.
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