Scripture: Matthew 26:39

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Are you able to pray what Jesus prayed in that passage over your children?

Can you say, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” regarding your son or daughter?

This is hard for me.

My children are approaching young adulthood, and their desire for independence grows with every passing month.

They want more control and more decision making power over their lives.

They want to prove that they can manage themselves.

And it’s a good thing.

But, it’s a scary thing.

Because as their mother, I can watch some of their decisions and forecast the outcomes.

And not all of them are ones I desire for them.

Do I sit back and watch them fail or do I step in and help?

What is my responsibility as their parent? Are these opportunities for teachable moments or opportunities for them to fall, learn, and grow from the experience?

I don’t always know.

Surrendering our children is oh so hard.

But you know what, God knows your heart and desire for your kids, and even with Him knowing, he wants and desires even more for them.

He is their first parent. He’s not a secondary parent. He’s not a substitute parent. He’s actually more a parent to them than you are.

And whatever decisions or considerations you need to make for your kids, you can bring them to God. Just be willing to surrender to what He tells you to do.

God is with your children. And as they seek Him, He will instruct them just as He instructs you.

Journal Prompt: In your journal time today, see if you can identify an area that you need to surrender around your son or daughter. Journal a prayer to God around that very thing.