Monday, August 24, 2015

Your Baby is Going to College! Now What?

If you're like me, it's hard to believe that summer is almost over.  We'll have to say goodbye to staying up late, summer travels, and homework free nights.  As I get ready to send my kids off to first and eighth grade, I feel secure knowing that I will pick them up from school each day, tuck them in at night and prepare for the next day.  Some of us won't have that blessed assurance.  In the excitement of my kids returning to school tomorrow, I recognize that there are parents everywhere that just left their babies at college for the first time.

Their kids are excited, but they aren't.

How are they supposed to deal in this new season of life?  For years, they've cuddled their children and coordinated their schedules.

What are they supposed to do now?

I can't begin to say that I know what they're going through.  I can, however, share scriptures that give strength and hope when we find ourselves transitioning into new seasons.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a special time for everything. There is a time for everything that happens under heaven.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

When our parents dropped us off to college, they had to deal with both of their babies leaving at the same time.  I can't even begin to imagine the depth of loss they felt as they drove away to head back home.  My mom often shares that they surrendered to the knowledge found in Proverbs 22:6.  They raised and trained us in God's word and now it was time to trust God at His word.

I'm ending this post with some additional encouragement from scripture.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.  Run to God!

Ephesians 6:10

In conclusion be strong—not in yourselves but in the Lord, in the power of his boundless resource.  

(Posted by Renee)

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