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What We Hold In Our Hands

Whatsoever series:

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17, NIV).

From the moment we first hold our newborn child in our hands, we are attached! We watch everything about them and journal and snap photos. We remember their first smile, first word, first step…first tears, first day at school. Maybe there are memories that make you chuckle now in amazement. You know! Those moments that at the time you weren’t sure if you all would make it through the nerves and fears (first day driving!) or their first solo. God is good. He is faithful.

Fast forward the years to their first day at college when you dropped them off. You might have felt like you weren’t going to make it through the nerves and fears then either. But you did, and you still are. God is good. He is faithful.

Life as a college family is a developing process. You didn’t become all that you can be as a family on the first day of college. You will continue to practice good conversations about weekly check-ins or daily “likes” to texts; dining and laundry expenses, and Flames Cash; budgeting and stewardship; times for planning ahead or spontaneity. You will experience worries and doubts, as those come to both sides of the conversations – the students away from home and the families back at home. God is good, and He is faithful in those, too.

Graduation is coming; it is the dream, the hope, and the plan. Do you feel the tension that comes from wanting so much to hold onto their status as a child, but you also know that opening your hands to give them fully to the Lord’s watch-care and blessing is the next best stage of your life?

Be brave. Take courage for the Lord is with you and with them. He is with them through every day of college. He is with you through every day of college. He will help them to become the adult version of themselves that He has in mind for them. Do not hold tightly to them to control but open your hands and give control to the Lord. Hold instead to His truth and faithfulness. God is good. He is faithful.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:7, NIV). May this ever be true for you.

Meet the Author

Tamatha Anthony

 Assistant Director

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