The Lord gave me a word for all you mommas and daddies moving your children out of your house and into a college dorm or apartment, especially all you first-timers.
And the word is…
The word God gave me for you all is TRUST. So here’s a little prayer for all you newbies to the college world:
TRUST that you have raised them to the very best of your ability. Do not let the enemy convince you of anything less.
TRUST that they will make good decisions. Some will be good decisions, others – well, not so much. But that’s part of growing up.
TRUST that God’s love for them is far greater than yours, even though you can’t really fathom that anyone could love them more than you do.
TRUST in God’s protection over them, because you really can’t be (or you shouldn’t be) all up in their business 24/7 anymore.
TRUST in your child’s love for you. No, you may not get an hourly text anymore. You may not even hear from them for a few days. You may not get to see them for several weeks or months. Your child is growing, exploring, making their way. But your child loves you and knows where home is.
TRUST in God’s plan for your child. That goes for their major, ambassador tryouts, sorority, fraternity, SGA elections, and any other organization, office or title they seek. They will not get everything they want – but they will always get God’s best when they seek Him above all else.
TRUST in your own friends. Call them when you are sitting in your child’s room bawling your eyes out for no apparent reason. They love you and will listen to your babbling. (That goes for you daddies, too – don’t act like you haven’t had your own moment.)
And finally, TRUST in God’s plan for this new chapter of your life. For 18 years your world has revolved around that person you just left in a dorm. It leaves you a little empty, feeling a little strange. But God has an awesome plan for your life, too – so go pray about it and find it. Yes, it’s the end of one chapter but it’s the beginning of another. Embrace it – go after it – enjoy it.
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.” (Psalm 25:1,2)
I’m praying for you all as you work through this emotional roller coaster, and I’ll be hopping in the front car myself on Friday. Let us trust God to protect us, be with us, and for the love of all that is good and kind grant us patience (especially on move-in day) beyond what we can imagine!
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