Parents, there are those days when we may feel powerless and overly concerned about our children. But as life will have it …. they are adults, they do life based on their own agendas, they pay their own bills, and live in their own homes. So, we are no longer parenting in the flesh. It’s over. We have done our best and it’s time to let go. It’s time to stop stressing about things that are outside of our control.
Easier said than done? Maybe. Our only responsiblity is to keep praying for them. Prayerfully we will come to realize that all is not lost.
Everybody needs their own chance to make their own mistakes and to learn on their own … is a statement far too familiar when kids are ready to do life on their own.
Parents, we can hold on to Psalms 22: 27 – ‘From the four corners of the earth people are coming to their senses, are running back to God. Long-lost families are falling on their faces before him. God has taken charge; from now on he has the last word.’
Recently, I listened to a sermon on the Parable of the lost coin. The speaker had my undivided attention as he shared some unforgettable thoughts:
● The coin didn’t find the woman
● The coin didn’t look for the woman
● It was the woman who found the coin but not until she swept and searched every nook and cranny of the house.
● This shows that God is the One Who seeks those who are lost and that grace was paid for in full on the Cross.
● When the woman in the parable lost 1 of her 10 coins, she cared enough to make every effort to find it.
● There’s value in 1 coin even though she had 10 coins
● She dropped everything to search until she found it
Parents, God’s amazing grace will bring our children who are drifting away from their foundations safely home. Drop on your knees and search the scriptures.
As humans we were not made up to deal with stress. Stress is very unhealthy and it causes all sorts of sicknesses and diseases.
Fortunately for us, the Bible tells us how to deal with stressful situations. Paul tells us not to be anxious. Anxious means to worry. Worry is thinking about EVERYTHING that could possibly go wrong. Worry keeps us up all night and by time dawn breaks sleep miraculously steps in. Then which responsible adult can afford to sleep in. No one. So it’s a stressful situation with the goal to weary and break us down.
Let’s take Paul’s advice – ‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let all our wants and wishes force us on our knees. Let the peace and presence of God turn our worries into singing a new song.
Before you know it … a sense of God’s peace brings a calm into our hearts and settles us right down.
God knows the value of that one lost child even though we may have ten. We care enough to make every effort to diligently look to God so God can shine His light on them. Nothing is really lost…it may be misplaced but never lost.
It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry with His perfect peace.
Remember that we are humans and many times we replace YOUR peace by worrying about the ‘what ifs’ in our lives. We feel stressed over our lost coin. Teach us to be still and know that YOU are GOD and everything will work out for our good IF we only believe.
In Jesus Name, Amen