Prayer for New Beginnings

Is a new beginning in front of you?

New beginnings occur daily. We start a new job or gain more responsibilities, move in to a new apartment or house, move to a new city, start dating someone or become single again, get married, or have a baby. If you’re a mom, a big part of your heart focuses on each child’s new beginnings—preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or a new activity, new job, new relationship, or a move.

As you step in to something new, step with God.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31.8) Moses said this to Joshua as Joshua prepared to step in to two new beginnings—as the new leader of God’s people and to take them into the Promised Land.

This week you are on my heart to pray for you concerning new beginnings. I thought I might also share a couple of prayers . . .

Dear God, you knew this day was coming. I invite you in to this new beginning. I want and need you to lead me. Prepare me now and every day because only you know what each day holds. Make me and mold me through the good days and hard days. Help me remember to keep talking to you. Help me learn to listen and discern your guidance. Thank you that you love me so much. I love you. Amen.

If you’re a mom, and your child is stepping in to something new, step with God.

Dear God, I give you my child and all my anxieties. I am comforted that you are with her/him every minute. Fill my child with your love and peace. Prompt me to pray, especially when my mind wanders. Help me faithfully disciple my child about your great love and how to depend on you. Help me depend on you and trust you fully. Amen.

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

More Than We Can Imagine

CIMG2024Pleeease tell me it gets easier?!

She paused, as though considering how to break it to me, smiled and said,
It doesn’t really get easier. What we do just changes.

This wasn’t what I wanted to hear.
It was what I needed to hear.

After a couple of pity-party days, my friend’s words served to transfix my perspective.

Inadequacies, failings and regrets were winning the week. Rationalizing served as a survival technique: “Just get through this…  “Life will be easier when…”

Sometimes our efforts fail. Things don’t go the way we want or hope.

CIMG2022Let’s face it and embrace it. We are inadequate. We lack knowledge for what comes next. We’re going to get tired. Real tired. And we’ll mess up. These aren’t negatives.

These are facts. Cues.
We need God. We need Him a lot.

“He who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5.24)

For each child, as one stage ends another begins. Practice appreciating the present. Return thanks to God daily – acknowledging the hard parts and the sweet parts. God will accomplish His will. In us and in our child.

He chose you to be your child’s mom. He has confidence in who we can be AS we partner with Him.

Always, with us.
Always, for us.

His view is more than we can imagine.

Unexplainable Love

We found our way to the airport gate.  Anticipation building, Terrell and I watch for our daughter, who’s living on another continent, to come around the corner.  I’ve grown to understand my mother’s words:  Distance makes the time apart feel longer.

As I glimpsed her face, emotion overtook me.  I jumped up and down and started crying.  My girl.  I really see her.  I get to hug her.

As our kids each moved away to attend college, my heart adjusted to the wide spaces between seeing them.  Happy for them in their new season of life, I move on with my life, too.
But I miss them.

Their new season informs my season – in the mom category.
Being mom yet again is redefined.

I work on letting go in my prayers.  Releasing them.  Releasing how I viewed and interacted with them in their former season.  Releasing what I think.  To God.  Trying to figure out how God wants me to be mom in our new “now”.  I attempt to put this into practice when we talk on the phone, email or see each other.  And it’s hard.  I mess up.

My momma’s heart struggles to keep pace with my aging, maturing “child”.

Sometimes we wonder where we fit in each next scene of our child’s life.  Where we fit in his heart.

We fit as ‘mom’.  We will always be mom.

God has given our child a place in our heart of unexplainable love.
It’s rooted in His unexplainable love for us.

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” (Ephesians 3.18, NLT)