God's Girl

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

Letting Go

 

Daniel (7) and Beth (9) put their bicycle helmets on. They get on their bikes. They are ready. I’m not. Today they are riding their bikes to school…on their own…without me.They have done this before. It’s not a long ride and other children are riding their bikes, too. We live on post, so it’s pretty safe. But can I admit something? It’s still hard. I wait a few moments, I hop in the car and drive in the direction of the school. I breathe a sigh of relief. I see them both parking their bikes and heading straight for class. They have no idea Mom is watching. I am proud. They are pretty independent and I know that. I don’t want to be a “hover” mom, but still it’s hard to watch my children becoming more and more independent.

If I am doing this whole mom thing right, they will continue to be develop independence. I just don’t like the whole idea of them having to make decisions that will get harder and harder each year. I want to protect them.

 

I remind myself of this: “If I don’t let them go, they won’t grow.”

 

This made me think of my relationship with God today. He promises that He is always with me. He will never leave me, never give up on me. He will never betray me. What He will do is let me make choices. He teaches me the way to go. He speaks to me each day, but it is ultimately my choice to follow….my choice to grow.

I may not be with my children every moment, but I know God is always with them. I know that God is always with me, too. I’m thankful for that!

God,

Today let me and my family listen to you, obey you and love you above all others.

Amen

As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

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