Tip #2. Take time to seek the Lord.
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called – His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:17-18
Whether you work outside the home or not, the years you’ve spent raising your children have been primarily about them. Raising children can be the most rewarding and most exhausting thing you ever do. But somehow, by the grace of God, you blink and the baby you held in your arms is now the young man you reach up to hug.
For some of us, this is a time to cut loose and run harder and faster at what we’ve already been doing, but now with more available time and energy.
For others, it’s a time to pause and seek the Lord’s will. You may struggle with a loss of purpose when your children are leaving home. Our society tends to focus more on what we do rather then who we are. This can cause us to do things so others will validate and/or admire us. Thank you Facebook and Instagram.
Understanding this truth will hopefully give you permission to pause. To rest, or to travel or try something new. Trust me, God’s got something great for you in this new season. You don’t need to let the opinions of those around you cause you to do anything the Lord is not calling you to do.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 says, “For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the good news. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.”
Think of this time as a fresh start, an opportunity to get better at what you already love to do, or time to learn something new altogether.
Maybe you will enjoy being available to help with grandkids, or you can join that club, Bible study or ministry you’ve been drawn to. Maybe it’s time for you to step up and take the lead with what you have already been doing. Perhaps it’s time for you to step down and let someone else have a chance to take the lead.
No matter what you do or don’t do, you have wisdom, maturity, and skills to offer. You’re not done yet, but you may need to seek the Lord to find out specifically what your new adventure looks like. Don’t lose hope! God’s got an amazing future waiting just for you.
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