The month of September for mothers means “Back to School!” This
year 3 of my 4 children were transitioning to new schools. Jonah, my
oldest, was beginning his college career at Clarkson University.
Clarkson is in Potsdam, NY which is 5 hours from home. As a mother,
those 5 hours feel like an eternity away. Michael and Madison were
starting at Wilson High School and Middle School respectively. They
had been attending St. Peter’s Lutheran School where they were
surrounded by Christian teachers and administrators and now they
were entering into a public school.
I knew in my heart that God had ordained these changes and that my
children were walking in his plan. Despite that, as a mother, I was
provoked to intense prayer over my kids, especially Jonah as he was no
longer under our roof. I found myself just crying out to God on an
ongoing basis. Since they were little I have prayed that God would
protect them from all sickness, harm, and evil. He has been faithful all
these years so I continue to trust him now.
Jonah has been in college for over a month now and has transitioned
well. He has a great roommate with whom he has a lot in common.
They have the same major and are both on the golf team. Prior to
Jonah’s departure for college, our church, Destiny Christian Fellowship,
had a church service dedicated to the college students. Pastor Lou’s
sermon focused on making the decision to live for God and at the end
of the service, there was prayer over the graduates with prophetic
words spoken to each individual. I believe this made a great impact on
Jonah. He was given a devotional by the church and this was one of the
first things he packed for college. When he unpacked in his college
room he placed it right on top of his desk. Just the other day he shared
with me that he is listening to pastor’s sermons on the website and
At the heart of my prayers was that Jonah would walk out his faith on
his own and God is answering. As parents, we strive to train up our
children in the way they should go so that when they are old, they will
continue to live for God. In addition to that, it is so important that our
children are in church so that our church family can come along side
them and speak into their lives as well.
Michael and Madison have become right at home at Wilson, playing JV
soccer and making friends. I continue to pray that they will be a light to
the Wilson community by their actions and words.
Some verses to meditate on and pray over your children:
Phil 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your
God is with you wherever you go.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may
abound in hope.
Be confident in knowing that if you have entrusted your children
to God's hands, he will walk with them. He will answer your
prayers and he will not let you down.