This time of year my mind travels back to the summer I drove my first daughter to college. My “nest” emptied a little and so did my heart….
That was many years ago and I want to offer encouragement to all the Mom’s getting ready for the college send-off this year.
Lately I’ve watched as families shop for all the dorm necessities. I see the eager and excited look on the college student’s face. Then I look at the parent(s) and see a mixture of emotions – anxiousness, excitement, sadness and joy! As parents, we want our children to move on to the next phase of life. We have spent years doing our part to prepare them to go out in the world and find their path. But still it can be H*A*R*D!
So, as a Mom who has “been there”, let me encourage you to seek God in prayer, discuss your feelings with your spouse and friends and get ready to launch into some adventurous years! Whether your child moves into the dorm or lives at home, there will be changes and adjustments. Be ready and flexible as you move from high school to college. Take time to grieve this transition and allow room for all the amazing things waiting for you, and your child, on the other side!
Encouraging quotes and scripture to share with them & to encourage your heart too:
“Hitch your wagon to a star.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Where we love is home, Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”
~Oliver Wendell Homes, Sr.
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
~Ephesians 2:10, NLT
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
~1 Peter 5:6-7
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity.”
~1 Timothy 4:12, NLT
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”
“I can do all things through God, who strengthens me.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
For more tips on surviving the college transition, click here: https://ibloom.co/blog/parents-survival-guide-sending-child-college/
Leave your name in the comment section below if you’d like me to join you in prayer as you send your child off to college. I am smiling just thinking of all the great things these young adults will experience and accomplish in the years ahead! You can do this and so can they. Be gentle with yourself and with them as you both navigate the transition.