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Have you ever worried about your kids? Dumb question, right? Of course there are times when we have worried or still worry about our children. Here are a few moments when we have worried about our kids.
- When your kids were born.
- Their first day of Kindergarten.
- Their first day of Jr High.
- Their First day of High School.
- When they start driving.
- When they don’t get home when they were supposed to.
- When they graduate.
- When they start college.
- When they start that new job.
Of course there are several other times when worry can be worse. Times when we feel helpless. We may see our children making choices that we know will hurt them or at the very least not help them. We cry, we pray, we hope and…we worry. We desperately want our kids to get through whatever difficulties or challenges they are facing. In fact, we may not want them to go through difficulty at all!. We don’t want them to experience pain even though we know it’s for their own good, even if it’s a result of their own doing. We feel that pain as parents on an incredibly deep level. How do we handle those times? Where do we turn?
It’s easy to say, “Stop worrying, it’s unproductive.” And I would agree.
It’s easy to say, “Have more faith!” And I would say amen.
It’s easy to quote a verse, “do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NASBStr. And I would say, Yes!
However, in the end, the HOW part is missing. How do we as parents reduce our worry when it comes to our kids?
I like what Psalm 37:5 has to say about it.
“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.” Psalms 37:5 NASB
The word “Commit” has a great word picture associated with it. The word for commit in the Hebrew is “Galal” and it means “To roll.” Just like rolling a ball down a hill or a marble across the floor. The Amplified Version says, “Roll each care of your load on Him.” This word picture of “rolling” my worry off of my life and onto God’s presence makes faith tangible for me. I have seen a ball roll down a hill never to be seen again.
I have rolled large rocks rocks down a mountain as a child and seen them split up and disintegrate into tiny pieces as they pick up speed rushing away from me. I know what “roll away” means, I have seen it, felt it, experienced it. Psalm 37:5 make sit much easier for me to mentally to roll my worry away and onto God.
The next time you feel worry creeping into your life take it off, ball it up and roll it away. Trust Him, He will take it.
What are your worrying about when it comes to your child(ren) today?
Are you ready to roll it away?
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