"Sometimes I feel like I gave them wings that were too big for me to deal with, but God's grace has to be sufficient. He is really the only protection they need."
It wasn't a comment that I haven't heard before. It was made by my mentor, friend and hero, an
unschooling, delight-driven, child-led-learning mom. She holds doctorates in education, and is an unwavering supporter of homeschooling families in our area.
She is a continual encouragement to me and to my husband, that we can give our son space to grow and mature and explore, and that we can TRUST GOD for the rest.
Do we really trust God with our kids? Do we agonize over every decision? Do we hold our children loosely, giving them wings over giving them ulcers?
I remember praying when Trey was little - 'Lord, I surrender my son to your will, but we need go over a few guidelines first...' I can laugh about it now, but at the time, I was dead serious!
Jesus invites us to surrender our fears, our control and our expectations. He invites us to rest in his promise that his grace will carry the day and is truly all that we, and OUR CHILDREN, truly need.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness..." II Corinthians 12:9 NASB
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)