1. What a great reminder that God is in control and all we need to do is obey! I know what God is telling me to do lately, but I’m dragging my feet. Thanks for the encouragement today! Visiting from Kelly’s #raraLinkup

  2. Great word!!! I, too, am an empty nester and a Floridian. My boys decided to go to Baylor University in Texas……over 1000 miles away! I tell my friends it is terrible and wonderful at the same time. Terrible because I miss them like crazy, but wonderful because they are in the center of God’s will! Thanks, Kim!

  3. Oh I needed these words today. I took my baby to get her driver’s license yesterday. I am filled with an overwhelming sadness and at the same time pride and joy for my baby girl. Thankful for the reminder that God has a plan for this mama as my role changes. God bless you! Thank you for being bold!

  4. I know this story well! I lived it some time ago. Our son and then our daughter went to a lovely college out of state not quite 200 miles away. It was hard to see them leave, but I, too, looked forward to them coming home afterward. Our son moved even farther (500 miles), married, and has been living there with two of our grandchildren for more than 25 years. A few years later our daughter took a job more than 350 miles away, married a college sweetheart, and still lives there with four of our grandchildren. (We do a lot of driving to visit them.) I now laughingly tell people that we encouraged our children to follow their dreams and they did!! I loved being a mom and had never seen this coming and I still wish there were closer, but the Lord has given me other places for the nurturing within me and opened new possibilities for me that included starting to write just over a year ago. Thanks for this well-done post!

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      Now my children are older and leaving home, it makes me think about my own leaving for college (150 miles), and then for work (same kind of distance) and then when we moved with my husband’s job (3,000 miles). That was hard on myself and my mother. Thanks for your comment, Pam.

  5. I am so right there with you on this. My only child went to college 11 hours away. Like Pam and Rachel, I’ve often thought of what I did — college was just a few hours away, then I moved 1000 miles away, then literally across the world. Now I’m back to 1000 and it feels “close.” We joke that since our daughter is an only child, we will just follow her wherever she goes. It may or may not be a joke. 😉 But the beauty of it all is how God is pouring other opportunities into my life. The nest may be empty, but we don’t have to be, right?

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      Right, Wendy. I once heard Patsy Clairmont at Women of Faith call the “empty nest” the “promised land”. She was being funny but there is truth in that there are many opportunities. We just need to be bold.

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