Today, I’m writing with the Five Minute Friday community writing group, and this week’s word is RELEASE. If you’d like to join in, the linkup is here.
I admit, I am a bit of a control freak. Since becoming a mother, that compulsive need for control has only gotten stronger. As a parent, it is our job to provide for our children, making sure they are safe, dry, fed, and warm. The needs of being dry, fed, and warm I can swallow. But the safe part is where I start panicking. Fear of the future can paralyze me, and literally squeeze my chest so that I can’t breathe. I know I won’t always be there to protect my girls. I can’t be their shield against mean words, cold actions, or physical harm when they aren’t with me, and if I let that fear take over, I’ll never let them leave my side. But these girls weren’t given to me solely for my pleasure. I know they have a purpose and a plan for their lives that God himself has planted in their hearts. Their purposes reach far out from me, and will touch countless lives. I must release these precious girls into the hands of God my Father. My girls are his gifts to me, but my God-given role is to make sure the gifts He has given my girls are encouraged to grow and be used to show the world His love. The Bible verse that has been repeatedly appearing to me since last summer is Proverbs 31:25.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
So, I release my fears to the Lord and will laugh with joy, trusting that my family and the future are in His hands.