"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”—Psalm 56:3
Do I really trust God when I am afraid? Worry is a sin the that many of us probably struggle with on a daily basis. I know how hard it is for me to not think about all of the “what ifs.” I’ve been stuck in the pit of “what ifs” plenty of times, especially with my children. As a parent, I know how hard it into not worry about your children. Take it from me, when you can finally let go and let them be who God created them to be, that burden of fear and worry is lifted.
When our children are under our roof, we raise them the best that we can. We won’t always get it right and either will they. However, once it is time for them to take flight, as hard as it is for us, we have to trust God and release them into the big, scary world.
That means, we don’t text them 5 times a day to check on them or call them to make sure they wake up for work or class. We aren’t doing them any favors by being a helicopter parent, especially when they have left the house.
This has probably been hardest for me with my daughter. With all of her health issues, it was hard for me to not totally take charge, but it wasn’t my body. Did I do my research and get her into the best doctors possible? You bet I did. However, she is the one that has to follow-up and communicate with her doctors. Am I here for her if she asks for my help with any of this? Of course I am.
I guess this is all on my mind because of her upcoming Radioiodine Ablatian (RAI) treatment on May 9th. This is something she has to do on her own because she has to minimize her radiation exposure to others. I thank God for the medical treatments available to ensure any cancer cells that could be lingering in her body will be killed. I thank God that despite her health issues during her college years, that she has persevered and is actually graduating in 4 years.
Does she know exactly what she wants to do with her life? No, but I have no doubt that God is going to lead her to where He wants her to have a career. Is it hard for me to not give her unsolicited advice? Yes! I am working on that. I am just thankful that my daughter is healthy and whole and trust God to take care of the rest.
I know that prayer is my biggest weapon against the enemy to not let worry and fear seep into my thoughts. Help me to live out Psalm 56:3…that when I am afraid, I put my trust in You. Help me to remember that no amount of worry is going to change the outcome. I ask that despite any anxious feelings or thoughts that You fill me with peace this week. I pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen!
Have you written down this month’s memory verse somewhere where you can see it every day? “Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.”—1 Chronicles 16:11 (NLT)
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