Moms have a tendency to worry about their children – in all seasons of life.
I remember when I was a mom to little kids, I assumed my older empty nest friends didn’t have to worry about their children any more. I looked forward to that freedom I would experience. And then my kids grew up and left home and I still struggle with worry.
It’s a real bummer.
Most all moms must decide how to deal with worry … there are ways to combat that annoying mind gripper!
Here is a Bible verse worth memorizing!
[verse reference=”Philippians 4:4-7″]Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.[/verse]
You would think that by now I would have learned to trust my kids to the Lord–to release them with great abandonment into His care.
Not so, I still have to work at it!
No matter your season, all moms wear the hat of Mom, and for at least 20 years I have spent lots of emotional energy in worrying and countless hours praying and trusting.
Here are some tips to fight worry!
- Recognize how easy it is to let your imagination conjure up false fears.
- Share your concern with a friend and have her pray for your child for a specific period of time (like every day for a week).
- Recall specific examples of how God has been faithful to you and to your child in the past. One of the advantages of being Mom is that we’ve lived long enough to have many stories of His faithfulness to tell.
- Get involved in an activity that occupies your mind and your energy.
- Remember that God is bigger than anything that your child is facing. He knows what is going on and He is still in charge.
- Say God’s character traits out loud.
The very best advice I can give you sweet mom, is encourage you (and myself) to fight against that tendency to worry by reading God’s word and letting His blessed assurance wash over you.
When worry grips…pray.
You will learn, as I have, that His peace truly does transcend all understanding.
Susan Yates has written thirteen books and has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of marriage, parenting and women’s issues for many years. For 11 years she was a regular columnist on parenting for Today’s Christian Woman magazine. Susan is the mother of five and has 21 grandchildren, including a set of quads. She is devoted to sharing her wisdom and experience with moms and wives and is selflessly available to those in need. Susan has been a mom for 40 years, she and John have been married for 43 years.