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.
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.
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
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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“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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