Many mamas are getting ready.
In a few short weeks, mothers that have held their sweet babies in their arms, will get ready to release their now grown children into the next great unknown phase of life….college.
It’s a unique time with a mixture of emotions. Feelings of pride in your child’s accomplishments combine with fear of how they will do in the future, away from you.
You wonder “Will they remember everything I taught them? Will they follow in the ways they were raised? Will they navigate through the tempting years of college life and emerge at the end with honor?”
These questions, these emotions, are enough to stretch any strong mama’s heart.
As I once again face this season in my life, now with our second daughter, I feel my heart go down this familiar path. I remember these fears, and I find myself searching for comfort.
I need a word.
I need a reminder, something that I can cling onto in the days to come when the waves of my emotions rise high, and the fears start to pull me under.
I seek wisdom from the one true source of it all, and I find what I am looking for.
In the fourteenth chapter of the book of John, Jesus is comforting his disciples, and preparing them for his departure. Jesus knew the day was coming that he was not going to be walking in the flesh with them anymore. He knew the disciples would be confused and scared at the thought of Jesus going away, so He gave them words of comfort and informed them about what was coming.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”. John 14:26
Even though Jesus was leaving, the Holy Spirit was coming. And not only was the Holy Spirit going to be with them, he was going to continue to teach them as well as remind them of everything that Jesus had already taught them.
These words, this truth brought me instant comfort.
As mamas we may not be going off to college with our children, but we are not sending them out alone. The Holy Spirit will go with them.
He will continue to teach them the ways to go. He will guide them in their choices and on their path. And he will remind them of everything we taught them over all the years we mothered our little, lovely children.
If you are a mama that is getting ready to release your child into this next phase of life, I pray these words remind you that you can trust God to hold your child in His hands even while they are so far from your own. Let’s pray:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank you that there is no where we can go and be away from your spirit. I thank you that this is also true for our children. Today I ask that as mamas prepare and get ready to launch their children out into the great unknown that you would comfort them, and speak truth into their spirits. May your calming peace be upon all them in the days to come, and may you wrap them in the solid truth of who you are and your plans for them and their children. In Jesus name, Amen.
Diane Swan is a Professional Christian Counselor, Speaker and Blogger who is passionate about using her God given gifts to assist ladies in living victorious lives in Christ. She enjoys sharing true life messages that relate to the complex lives of every day women and leaves them feeling equipped to be more than conquerors in all their battles. Diane and her husband Todd are the founders of Seven Swans Ministries, an organization devoted to living out the gifts of the Spirit by offering a unique array of services to encourage, edify and expand God’s kingdom. Connect with Diane anytime: Facebook – Pinterest – Twitter – Website