Transitioning to a New Normal

After moving our youngest son off into his dorm for his freshman year at college, I could no longer hold back the tears. Two days earlier, we helped his older brother move into his dorm at another college after attending a local community college. In the space of two days, my husband and I were back to being a couple with two dogs.

The house will not feel the same

Over twenty years ago as my husband drove us to the hospital in the middle of the night, I distinctly remember thinking between jolts of labor pangs that the next time we walk into our house we would be carrying our son. We would no longer be a couple with two dogs. Then about two years later our family would grow to four people with two dogs.

A new normal

As with each new addition to the family and now with an empty nest, I must prepare for a new normal. The emotions I felt as a new mother, I am feeling again as I look around their bedrooms – love, anxiety, hope, loneliness, pride, heartache, and especially JOY.  While these emotions are ironically the same, one thing that is certain is the love of God to carry me through this next phase of my life.

“Splendor and majesty are in his presence. Strength and joy are where he is.” 1 Chronicles 16:27

 Leo Nest

My days as a mother are not over just because the chicks are out of the nest. God always has a plan and a purpose for each of us in all of our transitions. Just as my sons eagerly look forward to their educational experiences and independence, I eagerly look forward to expanded opportunities in His service.

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Praying the Scriptures

“Everything written long ago was written to teach (me) so that (I) would have confidence through the endurance and encouragement which the Scriptures (has given me).” Romans 15:4

“(I) have confidence in you. (I) know that as you share our sufferings, you also share (my) comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:7

“Be happy in (my) confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually.” Romans 12:12

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A Page from The Prayer Journal

After a few weeks of being under the weather and then enjoying a respite at my lake cottage over the 4th of July holiday, I offer my reflections on a page from my personal prayer journal.

Sufficient Grace

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

“I will not abandon you or leave as orphans in a storm. I will come to you.” John 14:18

“Nothing is too difficult for God.” Jeremiah 32:17

Lord, You gave me hope when I thought all seemed hopeless.

Lord, You helped me to understand how to forgive when I believed forgiveness was impossible.

Lord, You taught me that my identity was not in my career or the material things of this earth, but in You.

Lord, You instilled within me the courage to embrace an unknown future when fear overwhelmed me.

Lord, You replaced loss and sadness with peace and joy.

Lord, Thank You for your gift of Grace in my life and the hope of perfect joy in heaven.

Praying the Scriptures:

“Blessed are (my) eyes because (I) see and (my) ears because (I) hear.” Matthew 13:16

“And this is my prayer: that (my) love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of my insight so that (I) may be able to discern and may be sure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory & praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11

Prayers from a portion of the Journal’s Back Page:

Prayers for a Nation: “Our prayers lay the track down on which God’s power can come; Like a mighty locomotive, His power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.” – Watchman Nee or Ni Tuosheng was a church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the 20th century.

Lord, may your presence be felt for those who need healing, comfort, and peace; and may those who seek answers find them in You, as well as, acceptance of Your answer to their prayer. I pray their names although you know their names and situations already. Thank you, Lord. AMEN

Both joy and all adversity are used for good. Lord, may others see You in mine. In Jesus’ name, I pray.  AMEN

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