it's the journey

it's the journey

Thursday, June 21, 2012


When life isn’t going so well for my friends, it comes naturally to me to give them a hug and a word of encouragement.  Sometimes we’ll share stories of God’s faithfulness over coffee. I might send them a card or an email and remind them that no matter how dark their situation, God is in control.  And I’m not simply tossing out platitudes here--or trivializing what they’re going through. When I pray for them, I release them into God’s care with total confidence. 
But when the winds of trouble blow at home, the situation gets a bit stickier.  I can believe it for my friends, for my husband, for me, but what about my kids?  Why is it so hard for me to just hand it all over to God when it’s about my kids?  
As our children grow into adults, their problems and concerns are more serious than when they were children.  They’re facing things like heartbreak, disappointment, career decisions, choosing a life partner, health issues.  There’s no possible way for me to fix those kinds of things!  Still, I’ll lie awake at night mulling them over, worrying, exploring every possible outcome.  You know what?  That’s CRAZY, and here’s why:  God’s promises are not something I can pass down to my children like a family china pattern. Those promises already belong to my children.  I’m not the one sitting at the right hand of God, pleading their case for them--Jesus is! 

What a relief, it’s not up to me. Certainly, I’m going to continue to encourage my girls, to pray for and with them.  But ultimately, God’s got it all in control and they are in His tender care. 
And as for me, I need to let go! 

What about YOU?  Is it hard for you to let go?
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.  1 Timothy 2:5 
It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.  1 Corinthians 3:7
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:5-7


  1. Thank you...just the word I needed today. My daugter turned 20 in February of this year & has lived & gone to school in NYC since she was 18. I worry & pray alot! There is not much you can do being so far away but be there, & listen, & pray, & trust God & let go! God Bless You!

  2. It's hard for me to let go for myself. I'm working on that. I always try to fix the problems.

  3. Wendy, I totally understand. One of our daughters lives 100 miles away!
    Danette, I get it, I'm a bit of a "fixer" too. God is way better at it though, why is that so hard for me to remember? :)

  4. We wrote on your website a note of Thanks for the song (your father wrote) ..Look for me

    We came here to "it's tje journey" and found this post...affirming that we just need to Trust and have Faith in God

    Thank You for the above words God Bless!!!