After they are gone I don’t know what I’ll do with myself…..Cheryl is a mom of two, who has given 110% to raising her children and in a few short years, they will be on their own. My first thought when I read her comment was 'how could she say that?' My sneaking suspicion and judgemental thought was 'how could she not have anything to do after her kids are gone? Was her entire life her kids? But truth be told, she is me. I've had the very same thoughts and voiced some of my fears to some of you. You can check my categories posts to find me talking about some of those fears. Yes, our kids leave a void, sometimes a cavern so gaping we don't know how it can it be filled. Again, we can fill in the blank about what we fill our lives with and then that thing, person or how we live is stripped away. It's not just mothers who ask, 'now what?' Friends, we don't have to be mothers to have the feelings of life turned upside down. Life is ever-changing, daily joys and sorrows are proof of that as my husband gives me a daily dispatch on the community he pastors. The cavern of
- A spouse passing away
- Retirement bringing the same question of 'what's next'?
- Cancer report brings us to the end of ourselves.
- The ongoing bad news around our nation and world floods the evening news.
Just do the next thing.Focus on what is before, not focusing on the future.
- Prepare for the future today by saturating our hearts and minds in the living Word of God.
- Pursue spending time getting to know a loving Heavenly Father.
- Point your focus on Jesus every single day.
- Practice loving God and our neighbor every day.
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled? (How Firm A Foundation~~John Rippon)