Looking down the tracks

Shibuya, Tokyo Japan

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Have you ever been in a rush to catch a train?

Push your ticket through, run up the escalator, race out of breath only to reach the platform in time to see the train disappearing down the track.


Parenting, as of late, feels much like this to me.

Jason and Miss S. are 18 and 19, respectively.  They have graduated high school this year, are making plans for their future and stepping out into the “real” world.


It keeps me up at night.  Neither of these precious ones has been with me since day one of their lives…perhaps some of the trepidation comes from that.

Did I do enough, teach enough, love enough?

But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. ~Isaiah 43:1

I am afraid.  I can’t control what happens from here.  I don’t know what their lives will hold.  I can’t protect them from pain.  I am afraid.

Fear is not of God.  It is that simple.

Did I do enough?  Probably not.  I am a fallible, imperfect, flawed human.

Is God enough?  Absolutely.

So, I relinquish the outcome to Him over and over and over again.

Do you ever feel completely inadequate in your parenting journey?







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  1. Kim Brush says:

    Oh everyday.  I only have one “out of the nest” but I know that fear.  I pray a lot for him.  I pray a lot for me.  I pray a lot for the three still under my roof.  I am so glad God loves them even more than I do.  Great post!

  2. I have no chlldren at home now.  My youngest is going to be 21. I just wish I had more of a true walk with God as you do now so I could have done a better job with her. We went to Church here and made her go also but that wasn’t enough. she needed to see it in our lives which she didn’t.  She is now out living with her boyfriend and pregnant. Not interested in walking with the Lord.  Now my husband and I are walking more of a walk with the Lord. As I say its to late now. Maybe not. Maybe she will open her eyes and see a change a difference and want to change her life around. Now that I just kept on blabbing here. You’ve obviously done a great job with your kids and they will go out into the world with that and with a praying mother.  It won’t leave them.  God Bless you

    • I want to encourage you that God never stops pursuing and can always use our
      mistakes to draw us closer to Him. I pray that is what He is doing in your
      daughter’s life. Regret serves no purpose…be the best example you can be
      now. Thank you so much for your comment!

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