Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coming Full Circle….and a few things I learned along the way

I can't believe that I am even typing these words, but my oldest grand daughter started kindergarten this year.  Life has truly come full circle as we celebrated this milestone in her life.


I mean it was just yesterday that it was her mom who was posing for pictures of her first day of school.

There has been quite a few milestones since this picture of Elizabeth.
When she lost her first tooth…her first sleepover…her first trip to the mall with a friend without me…getting her drivers license… her first date….her first dance….graduation….when she got married….when she became a momma.

And over time I've learned a few things since that first time of letting my child go.
Letting her be away from my constant care and influence and be surrounded by other people whom I didn't know. And a new authority figure who would do things differently than me.  Who would be the one who would praise her hard work.  And console her when she fell down…

I remember that feeling of unknown all too well.
I haven't figured it all out since that season in my life but here are a few things I did discover along the way.

  • There will be teachers you love and teachers you don't.  God will use them all. 
  • The world will not come to an end if you don't send homemade treats to the class party.
  • It's ok to sleep in every now and then and be late.
  • That pair of hideous shoes she is insisting to wear with her outfit ain't a hill worth dying on. (think second grade Elizabeth and those knee high tube socks, long shorts and big t-shirts)
    • You are not a bad mom if you let your kids eat lunch in the cafeteria or ride the school bus. (although, a word of caution…after round three of the dreaded lice we quit the bus after we discovered they sat three to a seat and tried on each others hair accessories on the way to school. After we nixed the bus, we never had a bug problem again. We all survived and none of my girls died from embarrassment. Three rounds of lice is no joke.)
  • If you forget to send in money (or are flat broke) for that school tshirt, book fair, ________, …..your child will not die from being the "only kid in class who didn't have one" syndrome.  This is a hard one but I promise they do survive.
  • And apparently if you send your kids in wrinkly clothes that need to be ironed and their friends tease them about it all the time, they will survive that too.  (some things you don't find out about until your kids are grown and they tell you and then briefly you are mortified and then you both laugh til you cry so it all works out in the end)

I also learned how to trust God in ways I've never known.
I learned that praying over a matter is far more productive than complaining about it.
That the greatest thing we could ever do for our children while they are in school is storm the gates of heaven in prayer on their behalf.

While my girls were still in public school I was part of a ministry called Moms In Touch. (it's now called Moms In Prayer)  There was just four of us who met faithfully every week for one hour and prayed for our children, the other students, the teachers, the principals, and anything and everything that took place on that campus.  We watched God do the seemingly impossible.  We pleaded with Him for the salvation of teachers and students and watched Him answer our prayers.   We watched Him honor our prayers over school activities that were unwholesome just dissipate due to "lack of student interest".  We witnessed our children have victory in academic struggles and work out "situations" with classmates without ever having to get involved….just four moms bringing our petitions and concerns week after week to the Father's throne and laying them at His feet.  

The teachers knew we were praying for them too.  Each of us would take a different teacher to pray for by name and we would send a card of encouragement to them.  Many would often give us requests to be praying for specifically.

I will forever be thankful for those three other moms who saw the importance of prayer.  Yes, we were all involved in the other aspects of school too….doing our part to volunteer on campus in various ways such as the PTA and stuff like that.  But there was never anything else that I  participated in where I saw such results, nor gained the peace, in the midst of all kinds of situations that involved my girls through their years of school, than I did when I prayed for one hour once a week with three moms who were warriors.



Now please excuse me while I kick into grandma mode for a second and share a few pictures of my little kindergartner.  As of the writing of this post, we have made it through 2 successful weeks of school.  Our after school FaceTime chats hearing her tell me about her day are my fave.




(her amazingly talented mom took these pictures)

Four generations.
Aka:  Rosalyn's personal prayer warriors.

There is a lot that I still don't know about life. I pray I'm a willing learner until the day I die.
But the main thing that I do know now that I didn't know then is Jesus.
Knowing Him is a game changer. 

He makes all the difference in everything.
I can't wait to see what His plans are for this little lady He has given our family on loan to guide and teach and pour truth into her little heart and mind.
I know it's gonna be amazing.

"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11


5 comments:

  1. What a little doll and what great truths from her Grandmother. I have a Kindergartner and a Pre-K Gran this year. A big year for us.

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  2. Oh this is such perfect timing! First of all, she is lovely and kindergarten is a really fun age! I hope she loves it! Our only child recently became a teenager and I have a terrible time letting her go. I have to pray about it constantly. Because who will love, watch our for, adore, respect, and cherish her like her dad and I do? Then I remember that Christ does. He loves her more than I ever could. We took her to the fair today with some friends and tagged along behind her at a distance. Not ready for her to go without supervision yet(: I remember that a nurse I worked with once told me that I would be working at letting her go every day. It is so hard but what a gift I have been granted. She is such an amazing kid. Thank you for these words of encouragement. Although we are at a different stage of letting go ( I had a complete breakdown when she went to kindergarten) it is all part of the journey. I pray that God keeps our babies under His care always(: Susan

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  3. This was wonderful. I relate to so much of the letting go deal. Plus once upon a time I taught kindergarten and think it is still the absolute best age in the world. I used to tell parents I wouldn't believe everything I heard from their little one about them if they didn't believe everything they heard about me from that same source. I became part of a Moms in Touch group when we moved to England and have to say I still consider those Friday morning prayer times one of the greatest privilege and blessing of my life. I heard mothers pray in Japanese and French and English too of course, but some days I felt like I got a little peek into heaven. I came away realizing mothers the world over have the same concerns and hopes for their children that we all have. Plus God worked a miracle or two inside the walls of that school building and what an incredible thing to watch unfold, year by year. Your little kindergartners are adorable-the little one and the big one : )

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  4. thank you for sharing your wisdom and truth!!

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  5. oh i loved this soooooo much! i sent two off to school this year and oh man do i pray a. lot. !! :)

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