(Inside: God finds you right in the middle of the mess when you are raising tweens, teens, and college-age kids. Here’s how…)
When you’re a mom of big kids, God finds you where you’re at.
Think about Elijah when he stood on the mountain, and God promised to pass by. Winds swirled, earthquakes shook, fire sizzled, and yet, that’s not where God spoke to Elijah.
God talked to him through the whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Mommas, we stand on our own mountains.
And our lives swirl, shake, and sizzle. But if we pause for just a sliver of a second – here or there, there is no formula – God will reveal himself to us. His words will press a feeling in our inmost beings, and we will know we are found.
The winds frantically carry me into the parking lot. I park and rush to field 10. My kid-taxi-services-everyone-needs-to-be-different-places-at-once rage on steroids, and I thought I was late, but the game’s still going. I sink into the grass and watch, not the soccer players, but the ref, my teenage son. The sunshine, the air, the coolness, I feel my body relax like a balloon seeping out air, and I hear God say, “Look at your boy making those calls with confidence. Isn’t he just such an awesome son? Aren’t you so proud?” And my heart feels gratitude.
My whole day shakes, but nothing thunders quite like the evening. A conversation that started healthy with my big kid goes awry, and I can’t seem to recover.
When you are raising big kids, your life constantly hammers at you. You are at the peak of midlife, your responsibilities reign, nothing lets up, it all swirls, shakes, and sizzles.
And then when the air swirls, and the ground rumbles, and heat dances around you, he cuts through the noise with a whisper.
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Your brain bounces between your day at work, what time(s) your kids need to be at practice, your teen’s missing school assignments, that you haven’t called your mom lately, the load of the laundry to be switched, “What’s for dinner?” and “Why are 3 of my brain-tabs frozen?”
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.