Our first born just finished her graduate degree, and is off to start her first professional job. While she seems confident and poised I wonder what she is really thinking. Is she a lot like me, hiding her fears knowing the best way to conquer fear is to face it? Does she know that fear can block the blessings God has for us?
How is she really processing this new chapter in her life? Is she nervous while excited at the same time? Will she really enjoy being on her own as much as she thinks she will? How will she know the right answers when asked questions? Could it be that deep down she is afraid of the next chapter? Or perhaps she does not know enough about life to be concerned about what awaits her in adulthood?
Well, here is a thought, maybe she is the confident young woman that I prayed she would become. Perhaps she understood when we told her that she could do all things through Christ who strengthens her. Just maybe she grasps the truth of God’s Word and understands that He has not given her the spirit of fear.
Parents: when we pray for our children, do not be surprised when God answers our prayers. While we want our children to grow, there is a part of us that wants them to stay dependent on us. Well, we can’t have it both ways. Either we pray and trust God, or we live in fear and despair. The same God that watches them in childhood will watch them in adulthood. No matter how old they get, they are still His children.
So today, I am a thankful mother. God has answered and continues to answer my prayers relating to my children. The screaming infant we brought home years ago is a force to be reckoned with. She is strong, independent, mature, and knows what she wants in life. My prayer now is that she stays close to God and allows Him to direct her path. So I say to everyone reading this, do not be afraid to start the next chapter of you life. And to parents everywhere, if you have raised your children according to God’s Word, rest in that. Know that God is faithful to fulfill what He has promised.
Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from Him. Psalm 127:3 (NLT)
Evelyn and her husband Scott have been married for twenty five years and are the parents of two daughters. My husband and I thank God for our gift, times two.
Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor
To learn more about conquering fears read my book Seven Blessing Blockers: Discover How You Can Overcome Hindrances to the Abundant Life