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Phil. 4: 6-7 NLT
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ.

This is easier to read at times than to live out on a daily basis. It can glare in my face when I try to keep  everything together on my own. I forget this is not my job.
I have a wonderful son graduating from high school in June.  This son happens to be our second and last child   graduating from high school. Empty Nest Syndrome door is starting to appear.

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My role for him will be different. It has to be different. Life will change.
Don’t worry about anything. Instead pray about everything.

The traveler in our house, whose third year at UMD was spent in a CULTURAL EXCHANGE program in England, has a wonderful opportunity. In May she is leaving again. This time it is  on an internship  with an organization called ONEHOPE.  This organization helps in meeting needs of orphans, refugees and prostitutes in a city in Italy.  I am very proud of her strength in pursuing this endeavor. The ticket purchased was for one way.

Do I fear I will never see my daughter again? No. Is there a possibility that the time period will be a long one before my eyes will see her and I put my arms around her.???

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Don’t worry about anything. Instead pray about everything.

While studying art or computer at a local community college my son will have greater independence from home. My daughter will be gone not only from home, but from the country. My life will be different.

No longer will I be the school schedule keeper. No more early morning breakfast needed between 6:30 and 7:00.  No longer am I  the ride organizer to and from school. No more lunch order forms to fill out.   I fulfilled this job in some capacity for the past 18 years. My job is coming to an end.

Don’t worry about anything. Instead pray about everything.
“ Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” ——In  some  fancy language or spruced up ” I have  it all together words”.

NO  God knows my heart. My relationship with Him is one where honest tears, or  fear with hands opened wide to receive, or head bowed low in need is the norm.   HIS LOVE ALWAYS gives me what I NEED.

7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ.

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After I thank God, I will experience His peace, beyond anything I can understand.

Right now, knowing my daily roles, routine, and needs  will be shifting, I have to confess that I am not walking in the perfect peace  of this verse  all of the time.   🙂

It is “Mother’s Day,  day after tomorrow (May 10th).  I will always be a Mother, to my two wonderful children but:         How do I define my daily role in their lives as they become more independent?”
How do I define my daily role in life when it has been defined by children?

Is this a fear for you too? Are you a Mom who is walking through a new stage? A new door?  You are not alone.

Reread NLT Phil 4:6-7
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what your need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your heart and mind as you live in Christ Jesus.IMG_0806
I am limited if I surround myself with protective barriers which do not allow me to EXPERIENCE GOD as He walks me through the next door. ( i.e. Fear of the unknown,  Comparing my writing with others,  feelings of uselessness)

A step can be to thank God for all of the blessing I have experienced these past 18 years. Allow myself to eventually receive His peace . Then walk in the freedom being offered to me.

Freedom for me is asking God how He wants me to creatively Express Him and the intimacy  I experience.  This blog, writing and photography  has been part of that freedom. What freedom have you found in life to Express God?  Leave a  comment if you feel like sharing.
Children going to their next stage in one form or another are an example of my life’s challenge. As I live in Christ Jesus and allow Him to define my role, I will receive peace.  What changes and challenges are you experiencing?   Tell God your needs. Experience God’s Peace,  Happy Mother’s Day.

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