Our kids are born to spread their wings and leave the nest. That is a truth we all know, but it is so much different when you are the mom and your child is leaving the nest.
Two weeks ago our youngest child walked across the graduation platform and last week she boarded a plane headed to Swaziland, Africa.
I have had such a mixture of emotions: pride and joy mixed with sadness. It is not that I don’t want her to grow up. I just know this signals the end of life as we have known it for 26 years since our first child was born. My heart aches as I ponder days gone by and yet, as a young mom, I thought these days would never come. As we prepare to release our last arrow I am confident we have poured into her all that we knew to pour. We have raised her to love the Lord and others. We have taught her to be wise and make good choices, and now it is time to release her to be who God has made her to be.
Many have asked, “Aren’t you afraid for her to go so far away from you?” I am going to miss her, but I know she will be safer in God’s hands in the middle of Africa than in my hands in her bedroom here in our home. So it is with joy and great hope that I release this last child not to the world, but to the Father who gave her to us to begin with.
If you are a young mom, don’t wish your days with your babies away. Fill them with the Word of God and love them unconditionally. If you are a mom releasing your children, cover them in prayer and trust God because He loves them much more than you do. And if you think about me this week, please whisper a prayer, I know I will need it and so will our daughter Gene’.
To pray for Gene’ and follow her journey, visit her blog at Beautiful Feet.
Page Hughes is married to Dr. Les Hughes and together they have four children. She is a speaker, author, and pastor’s wife. Along with friend Cindy Simpson, she is leading the Anchoring Deep in God’s Word Facebook group where women are reading through the Bible in 2013. Visit her blog at http://pagehughes.com/.
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