a moms prayer

A Mom’s Prayer: Jesus, Fill In the Gaps

(Inside: A mom’s prayer: Jesus, where I fall short, where it’s not working out, in the worry, please fill in the gaps. )

Jesus, fill in the gaps.

I’m about to launch my first kid into this world. The vast, unstable, beautiful, hard “out there,” and I have big feelings about it.

Pride. Anticipation. Excitement.
My big kid has so much to look forward to.
Then.
(Annoyingly.)
Doubts and worry and fear.

I’ve been all into this parenting; I don’t question that. But the reality is that parenting is tricky.

It’s hard to discern when to push or pull back, what messages will land best, and which direction creates maturity. Parents don’t get a practice, spotlight on, we’re up, center stage with everyone watching.

And as I’m about to launch my kid, I find myself questioning…

Did I teach the importance of my big kid finding his people well enough? Will he put himself out there and find where he fits in, even if it takes a lot of work?

Did I teach how to navigate the daily grind well enough? School? Meals? Pulling the laundry out of the washer and putting it into the dryer before the tangle of shirts and pants gets moldy?

Did I teach grit well enough? Did I let him fail enough? Did I give him enough responsibility so he believes in himself?

Did I teach about faith well enough? Does he really believe that God created him with love and purpose and is moving in his life at all times. Will he talk to God, especially when his world shakes?

Did I teach him to reach for help when it all goes awry well enough? That we’re made for community and there’s strength in asking for someone to come alongside you?

Did I?
Did I?
Did I?

Jesus, fill in the gaps.

This is my prayer to you. Be with my son in this next chapter. Where he feels like he is not equipped enough, reveal yourself to him and rain from the heavens hope, encouragement, and a way. Also, be with me. When my momma’s heart beats uncertainty, help me be certain in who you are and the power you have in his life.

Because I parented the best I could with what I knew at the time in our given circumstances. And I’m relying on you for the rest.

So, Jesus, please fill in the gaps. Because this momma sure loves her graduate.

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