Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Learning to Trust

As my children got older I thought parenting would get easier but I am finding it harder.  My son will be turning 19 in a few weeks and my daughter is 17.  I love watching them grow and become more independant but it is also hard.  I guess it is like a mother bird watching her chicks fly for the first time - knowing they're going to soar but probably holding her breath at the same time.  My children are at the age where they make some very big choices that can have a life time effect.  Yes, I am there to guide them but the choice is ultimately theirs.  I find I am sent to my knees for my children more now than ever before and while on my knees I am learning that I need to trust.  Trust that God has His hand on my children's lives.  Trust that my children will make the right choices.  Trust that I was and am faithful in my teaching and example.

When we were at the pool last week I was playing the "dummie" as my daughter practiced her rescue roll-overs.  I really don't like having my face in the water and I guess I wasn't quite relaxed enough to be a good "dummie".  My daughter kept saying, "Relax.  Trust me. I'm not going to let you drown."  How true those words are.  I need to relax, trust in God, he is faithful.  So the lesson I am learning right now?  Trust.  Trust God.  Trust God in all things.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
(Proverbs 3:5-6)


  1. Hi Alana, I can understand you finding it harder now. I have had my 'trust' in the Lord tested throughout my boys adolescent years and still struggle a little. It's not always easy to leave things in the Lord's hands when you are worried about your children. Never-the-less, we are told to give everything over to Him. I think He understands a parent's heart and how frail we are at times. He is faithful - we can always rest in that knowledge - and He wants the best for our kids even more than we do! blessings Trish

  2. Trish, thank you so much for the encouraging words.

  3. Dear Alana,
    What a wonderful post. With two sons of my own just about to be on their own...I know your concerns and prayers. And my youngest is growing into a man right before my fast. We can only trust God...He will always be there for us...and for them.
    Blessings my friend,

  4. Laura,
    Thank you for your encouraging comment. It's hard to believe they've grown up so fast and each day I am thankful God has brought us this far and will continue with us each and every day.


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