Day 231: A New Day (August 19)

Tomorrow my children have their first day at the new school.  My kids don’t know it, but I am struggling.  Big time.  All my momma bear instincts have kicked in.  I feel near tears at every turn.  This morning my 2 youngest had orientation.  It went great, but I was almost in tears as we left.  I hid it from them, behind a smile and a kind word, but my heart was breaking.  This evening my 2 oldest have their orientation and I am so nervous.  Again, I will hold back my emotions and instead stand strong next to these little lives that need me to be solid right now.  But later, I will release it all.  I will let the tears come and I will let my heart grieve.  I will trust the Lord in the midst of change, once again.

He is so faithful.  I have no reason to doubt that.  But I will not deny my feelings.  He knows that I have them and He is equipped to hold them.

So today I come to you, my devotional friend, and I ask that we turn the tables….. just this once.

Please hold me in prayer as we set out into uncharted territory.  As we break into new social circles and ministries, please remember us.  We need you too.  None of us is above needing the prayer covering of loved ones.

And today, instead of wallowing in my self-pity, I will pray for you.  Immediately after typing that, I felt a burden lift off me.

Today I pray God will meet and grant the desires you have hidden in your heart.  I pray your lives would be blessed and so full of His presence that lack is a thing of the past.

God has so thoroughly wrapped every leg of our new journey in His presence, that I cannot deny we are in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.  He has orchestrated one detail after another, so the transition is as smooth as it can be, and I am so very grateful.

Won’t you take a minute and acknowledge all the ways the Father has smoothed the road before you.  Even when times have been tough, He has been there to soften the blow.  Even when you’ve faced great disappointment, He has been there to catch your tears and offer an encouraging glimpse of where you’re going.  Keep on, keepin’ on friend.  Don’t stop now.  You’ve made it too far to stop moving forward.

Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20

In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:6