A couple weeks ago I was attending my Women's Bible Study. We were talking about Life, Marriage and Motherhood. I had been struggling that week and honestly questioning myself as a mother.
Some days, I just feel like I'm doing it all wrong.
There is another woman in our group who also has teenagers. We have shared our concerns and lifted our children up in prayer, however we never really opened up and shared our struggles as Mothers.
That evening, she sat next to me and we began talking. I shared my concerns with her about raising teenagers and she shared a little of her own. It was if, God placed us next to each other for this reason.
I shared my fears as a mother of teenagers. The Partying, Alcohol, and Drugs that are out there. The fear that my children will make Wrong Choices and my greatest fear that I will somehow Mess them up!
I question myself all the time!
Am I training these children up in a way that is honoring God? Some days, I feel like I am doing a great job and other times I feel like I am messing my children up.
~Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Do you ever feel like if you could just find the right Balance?
I do, all the time. In fact I remember asking this sweet woman, "How do you find the right balance in giving your child freedom, but not too much. For instance, if your teen comes to you and asks to go to a party, and you know there may be alcohol there, what do you do?
Her answer was spot on! She said, " There is NO Balance." We do our part as parents and we have to fully surrender our children to the God." It was almost instant freedom knowing that as long as I am doing my part, I need to trust the God with the rest.
Have you surrendered your Teenagers to the Lord? It can be hard at times because, we Love our children so much and want to protect them from anything that could cause harm.
I have great news for you mama!
God loves your children so much more and he wants every-Single- part of them. The truth is, God knows your children better than you do! He wants the messy and broken parts of their lives. God wants use your children in ways beyond your imagination.
~ For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
So what do you say Mama, will you do your part and trust God to shape and mold your teenager into who he has called them to be? I encourage you to let go of your fears and trust God who cares so deeply for your children...