Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Release...

I had a hard time sleeping last night.

My house was so quiet as I had sent the last one (my niece) off that day.

My mind whirled with all the worries I have for them:
will they be safe
will they have good friends
will they study
will they make good choices
why did they leave their rooms so messy
could they just not learn things the hard way
what will they be doing
are they worried/scared
will they need me

...over and over in my mind
until I had to start singing praise songs to get my thought process off my anxieties and on to the One who knows them better than I do.

Then this morning, this is my devotion for today.....

Entrust your loved ones to Me; release them into My protective care.  They are much safer with Me than in your clinging hands.  If you let a loved one become an idol in your heart, you endanger that one--as well as yourself.  Remember the extreme measures I used with Abraham and Isaac.  I took Isaac to the very point of death to free Abraham from son-worship.  Both Abraham and Isaac suffered terribly because of the father's undisciplined emotions.  I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love. 

When you release loved ones to Me, you are free to cling to My hand.  As you entrust others into My care, I am fee to shower blessings on them.  My Presence will go with them where ever they go, and I will give them rest.  This same Presence stays with you, as you relax and place your trust in Me.  Watch to see what I will do.

I so needed to hear that.
I just love how He knows me so well.

15 comments:

April's adventure said...

WORD!!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

Amen!

LuAnn said...

What a comfort to know He is with them. "Be still my soul and know I am Lord."

hugs..

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Oh wow! How perfect! (for any stage that they're "leaving" us!)

Cathy said...

Wow Sara! That is an awesome devotion and one I needed too. I often think I'm giving my girls to Him, but then I grab them back and do my worrying and nagging stuff again. I guess it's time to decide. Do I trust Him or not?

Yes, I do trust Him, but I think I need to keep these words close by, so if you don't mind I'm going to copy them and put them on my mirror, so I can see them everyday.

Thank you for sharing this.

Cathy

StephieAnne said...

Such a great post - and while I'm no where near the point of "letting go" that you are at, just leaving Mikayla at Harlow, knowing she often cries if she doesn't fall asleep quickly, and sending Brayden off to his first fball practice, knowing he was going to be "conditioned-to-exhaustion" has given me anxiety. Your devotional shed a brand-new perspective on parenting, and it will definitely stick with me.

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

What a blessing.

Jewel said...

Release... such a powerful word. A word worth 1000 words. <3 <3 <3

skoots1mom said...

Preachin' and meddlin' DO go together. :)

SmilingSally said...

We always have something worth praising God.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Sara! I needed SO MUCH to read that this a.m.! My chicks are all out the door and it is a bit lonely and worrisome for this Momma Bird!

Thank you friend!

Karin said...

I found such great comfort in the same devotional (we are reading the same one)! We are facing something a bit different than you but it's sooo comforting to know that God has it all under control and we don't have to stress and fret.

Unknown said...

Don't you just love "Jesus Calling"???

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

God is so wonderfully cool in how He orchestrates things.... planing devotions at just the right time....love it!

Praying peace and comfort in the release.....


Blessings
R

Rachel said...

I needed this too. God is working on the heart of a very scared momma of a first-time away from home kindergartener!