Friday, July 3, 2009
Trusting God With My Kids.....
I often times find myself having a difficult time allowing my kids to have the freedoms that many of their peers have. Many of my daughters friends' parents drop off their daughters at the movies, the mall or the beach and pick them up at a scheduled time or when the daughter calls for pick up.. I'm sorry - but I really do have issues with some of that... When I go to the movies, there are a bunch of teenagers just hanging out... walking around the place.. getting into trouble.. I am a firm believer that hanging out at malls or the movie theater/mall is just opening the door for trouble.. Going to the beach scares me too.. There are a bunch of weirdos out there...and my oldest loves to boogie board.. I am beginning to warm up to the idea of dropping my kid off for the movies - on one condition. I drop off in time to buy a ticket and go in and I or her friend's parent picks up just as the movie lets out.. No walking around.. I am still in the thinking stages on this one.. I am praying for knowledge, trust, and peace on this.
I am one of those mothers that is a big fat scaredy cat... I hate hate hate having my children out of my sight... I need to trust God more... I know the world can be a big scary place and because of my fear.. my kids are starting to become fearful and that is something I do not want.. Smart and Aware but not fearful.... I need to trust God to take care of my kids..... I need to give my girls "age appropriate" freedoms... Don't laugh but I have finally allowed my girls to ride their bikes to the park without me.. believe me that's a huge step for me.... my oldest is into running and yes - I am allowing her to do her daily runs... provided she has her "new cell" with her.. Who knew that her cell phone would be a bigger convenience for me than her..
Today I was reading a blog of a dear and beautiful friend of mine. Her twenty year old daughter is in Germany today leading a missions trip in the Muslim community there. This is her daughters third trip but her first as a leader... As I was reading her blog - my first thought was - my friend must be afraid for her daughters safety.... to be so far away in a foreign country... But you know what? My friend wasn't afraid she went so far as to say that she feels peaceful that her child is in the center of God's will.... WOW. I want to be like my friend Roxanna when I grow up.. To trust God enough - to allow my child to go out doing God's work ... so far far far away and feel Peace.. I am prayerful that God will bless me with that kind of peace..
I had one of those experiences today that you get when you pray for God to give you an answer - you open the Bible and there it is.... Here is that verse ( I serve an amazing God) Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Here are couple of others - I liked too
1Peter 1:8 Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy
Psalm 33:21 In Him our hearts rejoice, for we are trusting in his holy name.
As a human - I am not perfect.... but I am blessed to a have a Father that knows that and accepts that and everyday promises to help me to become closer to Him and that alone shows me that God alone is worthy of my trust.....