I am officially the mother of a college student! I remember her first day of Kindergarten, then I blinked and now it’s her first day of college! I was so proud of myself when she left last night. No tears or anything (and my girls will tell you I tend to be emotional!). I’m sure she was surprised by that! I realized today that one of the reasons for my composure may be the fact that I feel completely at peace about it. I was already engaged when I was her age…now it set my heart back a few beats thinking about that!! Also, I know that God has her in His hands every step of the way!

Phillipians 4:6-7 ~
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:25-27 ~ Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

I am trying hard to practice this! Any time I feel myself getting anxious about something whether it’s my daughter leaving for college or something else that I know is out of my control, I go to God in prayer. After all, He already knows how I feel and if He can breathe the universe into existence, I know He can handle my problems and concerns! And when I acknowledge that God is the one ultimately in control of my life, it helps relieve my anxiety. I wish I could tell you that I never worry about anything at all, but I can tell you I am trying to make more of a conscious effort to work on it daily. There is another verse that comes to mind…

2 Corinthians 10:5 ~
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

When I read that verse, I remind myself that not only is Paul talking about arguments as it says but any thought that represents sin…this includes worry. So when a worry comes to mind, I should automatically start praying and turn it over to God. Remind myself what His word says. And that He wants me to trust Him with everything!!