Here we go again. Kids scattered around the country.
Year two of our empty nest begins. Tweet Tweet.
Every time one of our children flies away, I turn to prayer.
This year I’m turning to prayer and my friend Edie Melson’s new book, While My Child is Away: My Prayers For When We Are Apart.
Edie’s book is a beautiful healing balm and great reminder of the power we hold in our prayer-clasped hands to affect our children’s lives.
Our prayers make a difference whether they sleep in the room at the top of the stairs or lay their heads down 4,677 miles away.
Take a Peek Inside:
While My Child Is Away:
My Prayers For When We Are Apart
by Edie Melson
Three days after I signed the contract for this book, two of my sons went for an afternoon kayak trip on a nearby river. They are fully grown and capable young men—one served in the military and the other has a degree in outdoor leadership. They’re both married, are not novices about the outdoors or about life in general. As experienced outdoorsmen, they don’t ever take unnecessary chances. So the confidence I have in their ability isn’t misplaced. Even with that, I felt a momentary battle of what-if when they told me about their proposed outing. Instead of voicing my fears, I told them to have fun and took my motherly worries to the One who can ensure their safety.
The next day I found out just how close I’d come to losing both sons.
They’d been on the river when a strong thunderstorm moved in with unusual speed. Immediately they headed to shore, but never made it to safety. They woke up three and a half hours later. Both were in the river, separated from their boats and each other. One son was caught on a snag in the middle of the river, the other was lying half-in and half-out of the water on the shore. After they’d found each other—a harrowing ten minutes later, they’d assured me—they assessed the injuries they’d sustained and realized they’d been struck by lightning.
While both are fine, with no lasting damage, this once again reinforced the fact that we never know when our children are headed into a dangerous situation. Whether our kids are headed to first grade, camp, college, or just a day at play, we need to be praying for them. Not just general, “God, please protect my child” prayers, either. We need to invest in a solid set of knee pads and be ready to do battle for them on a daily basis.
That’s what this book is about.
Any time our children are away from us can be a time of anxiety. We can’t always help the emotions that accompany specific situations, but we can always take those emotions to the One who will provide the protection they need and the peace we crave.
Parents’ Survival Kit
It’s hard being the parent of a kid who’s out of the reach of our loving kisses. Right? Some of us could use a Parents’ Survival Kit.
On Friday, August 19th I’m giving away just such a kit.
I asked Edie Melson, if she were to create one, what would she put into it.
I love her idea, so I’m creating this Parents’s Survival Kit as a Give Away.
a signed copy of While My Child is Away,
a fabulous journal, and
a framed copy of Isaiah 65:24.
I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s blog post.
Will it be you?
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I’m Praying for You
If your child is away, I know how you feel. I’m praying for all of you this week.
If you have something specific you want me to pray, leave a comment or email me. I’m honored to pray for you and your child(ren).
Maybe you’ll want to pray this prayer I prayed last night as Larry and I drove off with our empty UHaul: [Read more…]