Nobody warned me that it would be this hard. Watching them grow and then letting them go….

 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORDthe fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.

Psalms 127: 3-4

It is hard to believe that I grew these three young men in my belly. Where did the time go? They seemed to be little for so long, and then one day, almost overnight they have all become men. Each one is unique with differing gifts and abilities, but all are a blessing. We have raised them to be warriors for the kingdom of Christ. Peter and I have been intentional and careful stewards of these treasures, and soon we will be launching these arrows out into the world.

No one warned me how difficult and painful it would be on me when they started to pull away. A boy has to detach himself from his Mother in order for him to grow into the man God calls him to be. This is the way it is and has always been. It is good and natural, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

First, we dream of them before they are ever conceived. Then we grow them inside of us, oftentimes in pain and sickness, but we love them and long to meet them. Then we bring them forth into this world and our lives are forever changed. We nurse them, feed them, diaper them, dress them. We kiss boo-boos, tell bedtime stories, and give baths. We teach them to pray, to love Jesus and to love one another. We discipline and teach while they grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

After years of being the most important person in their life, suddenly one day they start to pull away and they don’t need you as much or at all. As they pull away it is heartbreaking to their mama! How do you love them with every fiber of your being and then simply just let go? By entrusting them to the care of Jesus. I will always be their mother and no matter how old they are they will aways be my littles boys, but I need to let them go, so that they can become the men God created them to be.

Jesus, thank you for the blessings of children! Help me to cherish every moment that I have with my boys. Help me to remember that we have raised them well, and it is not my responsibility to control them, but instead it is time to let go and entrust them to your care.

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Posted by Misty Phillip

By His Grace: Seek Jesus, Study the Word, Grow in Grace Bible Study Author, Christian Lifestyle Blogger, & Speaker www.MistyPhillip.com

5 Comments

  1. Oh Misty, what a beautiful post. When my eldest son was ready to graduate from homeschool high school, I thought in my heart that I’m wasn’t done; there was so much more I wanted to impart to him. I felt like I was handing over an unfinished piece of clay to the Lord. But God has taken that clay and molded my son into the man that He wants my son to be (not who I want my son to be, but who the Lord wants him to be. 🙂 It’s so hard. God is faithful. Amen.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Barbara! Well said, that is exactly how I felt. You are right God is so faithful!!

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  2. […] 4. Learning to Let Go – No one warned me how difficult and painful it would be on me when my boys started to pull away. A boy has to detach himself from his Mother in order for him to grow into the man God calls him to be. This is the way it is and has always been. It is good and natural, but that doesn’t make it any easier. […]

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  3. Hi Misty,

    I was your neighbor over at Arabah Joy’s linkup. I naturally clicked on your link because I wrote a very similar post about raising young adult kids. And, um, it reads a bit different than yours. Lol!

    I loved the sentiments you’ve shared here. God bless you as you release those three warriors for Christ.

    Blessings,
    Tiffiney
    http://welcomehomeministry.com/everyday-life/truth-raising-young-adults/

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    1. Tiffiney, I read your post earlier today. I think we can both agree raising young adults can be challenging but with God’s help we can release them to his care and He works all things together for good.😊 Misty

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