Godly Parenting

When it’s time for them to fly

by Julia Bruce
Photo: Senior photo of our youngest daughter taken by our niece, Sarah Allen,
owner of Memories by Sarah Beth
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14305369_1415413588487112_6916090461264894479_oBrian and I are approaching the empty nest years. It’s rather interesting to be at this stage. I am both looking forward to time alone with my husband…but also not ready for the last of our children to fly away from the nest…yet so proud of the young adults they are becoming.

The youngest of our four children started college with the Summer B term two weeks ago, giving us two in college. Thankfully they are at the same school. For every parent who has had to place keys in their child’s hand and watch them drive off without them (even just to spend time with friends)….for every mother who has helped their daughter move into a dorm and then, when there was nothing left to do but to drive away and you sit in the car staring at the dorm just a few more minutes wondering how you are possibly going to leave her there, Psalms 5:11-12 is a verse you can pray over your child.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

As a parent, it’s hard when you have a child that is miserable. We want them to be happy and sing for joy. It’s also hard when they leave and you are no longer there to give protection. However, this verse reminds us that their true joy is found in Christ and that He protects our children better than we ever can. Not only can we trust their joy and protection to God, but we can also pray that He will cover them with favor, pouring out His blessings on them as if they were a shield. Let’s face it…once they are gone from our home and our influence, the world is out there just waiting with greedy, grabbing hands. Satan wants to destroy their Christian testimony and fill their heads with false teachings. We are no longer around every day, monitoring friendships and giving permission for what they do and where they go. So, it is hard, knowing what the world is like, to let our precious children take that flight into the world on their own.

My daughter knows this is “her verse” and that mom prays this verse over her every morning. I still do not want to admit I am old enough to have children leaving the nest, but as I place her treasured life and the lives of each one of our children into the hands of God, I too can sing with joy as I watch her, my baby girl, grow and develop into a beautiful young lady who is going to make an awesome nurse.

Lord, will you fill the hearts of our children with your joy so abundantly that it bubbles up from deep within, overflowing into every part of their lives. Give them reason to sing and dance in your presence with worship and adoration to their worthy God. Spread your protection over them and help their lives exalt you and bring glory and honor to your name. Cover them with your blessings, O Lord, and let it be a shield of defense over them against the invasion of ungodliness and attacks that Satan may bring. We thank you for blessing us with the gift of children and give them back to you for your honor and glory.

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