Five Minute Friday: Change

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Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

His legs now hang off of my lap. His head doesn’t fit under the refrigerator door when I swing it open anymore. He needs new shoes.

All these things remind me of the inevitable. Change. Growth.

Within that growth and change, I pray for certain outcomes.

I pray his heart of stone is changed into a heart of flesh by the One who loves him even more than I do. By the One who knit him together in my womb.

I pray he grows into a man that loves the Lord with all His heart, soul, mind and strength. Willing to follow wherever He leads.

I pray that I can deal with that change. As much as I want him smack dab in the center of God’s will for him, I pray I can let him go–with my blessing. With my prayers. With my love. Wherever God leads him.

Because change is inevitable. I know it’s coming. I welcome it with trembling but trusting hands.

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  1. Learning to trust Him with you MaryBeth. I couldn’t imagine having a moment’s peace if I wasn’t absolutely confident that the Lord goes before my girls, watches over them and provides shelter from the storm for them. We truly are blessed women!

  2. My children are nearly grown, the younger two being 12 and 9. This is still my prayer, that my children would be molded and shaped into the image of Christ. They are changing. And I am changing. So thankful that God remains the same!

  3. JulieJordanScott2 says:

    Oh, this is so filled with love. My children are so much bigger now – the inevitable stares me in my face daily! This is my first time visiting with Five Minute Friday. Glad to have the chance to read you today!

    This is my Five Minute Friday Change Post.

  4. Michele-Lyn says:

    I love your mama’s heart, your prayer and your surrender to God, even for your child. This was beautiful :)

  5. We really do have to be a lot like Hanna and “let them go” into the will of the Father, as they discover it for themselves…but it is such a joy to be trusted with them and be able to watch them go through each season.
    Blessings to you!

  6. Lizzie Branch says:

    oh my, and my mind {and heart} drifts to my 4 year old package of TnT. He is growing up in so many ways. And I, too, pray for my mama’s heart…trusting and letting go with trembling hands.

  7. We went ’round the same train of thought this friday. How fast the days slip past… treasuring all the moments with you.

  8. “trembling, but trusting…” Yes, yes!

  9. Oh, this is just what I need: “trembling trusting hands.” Thank you for this, Mary Beth .

  10. soulstops says:

    “with trembling but trusting hands”…love that image and your heart behind it…thanks, Mary Beth :)

  11. I think I might have to jump in on these 5 minute Fridays ;) I find them fun! :) I love to have a topic thrown at me and then I run with it! :) Thanks for sharing girly! Time passes all too quickly, change is only a moment away! Blessings sis!

  12. Such a great perspective as he grows! Mary Beth, thanks for being so diligent and thoughtful about reading and leaving comments on my blog:) You’re awesome, and your words mean a lot to me! Know that, whether or not I am able to comment here, I’m always reading and soaking it in:)

  13. So true, so true!! Makes a mama’s heart ache!

  14. Here from Five Minute Friday. My “little boy” is 3 months away from 16, and you never stop praying for those things. :) Thanks for the reminder to stop and take a minute to pray for the man he is becoming.

  15. Raising kids is so much fun…you are in for one wild ride. The good (and bad) news is that even when he walks out the door, he is still your son and you will still feel just as responsible and just as involved in his life. It’s just in a different way. Not good, not bad, just different. :)

  16. Help me let go when I need to is something I have to pray every day. And you pretty much encompassed my prayer journal for him all wrapped up neatly in a 5 min post! :)

    and the other day I cried because when I opened the freezer (on the top of my fridge), it bonked my boy on the head. He thought I was crying because I hurt him…but well, I’m not so sure because I’m certain it wouldn’t have hit him last week!

  17. Beautiful. You learn the obstacles that they have to navigate and the next thing you know their head is above the top of the table. I have to say, I love watching the change that sometimes happens daily.

    • Our changes right now are talking. Every day it’s new words and new understanding. Today, I told him to go lay down on his rug that I would be there in just a minute to change his diaper. When I got to his room, he was right where I told him to be! Amazing!

  18. Jessica Heights says:

    Well said…any mother can identify with you on this one!

  19. StefanieYoungBrown says:

    As I viewed your pic and read your post, I couldn’t help but reflect on my little man, the little man who is not a 4th grader and nearly as tall as I am. Like Hannah, I prayed and begged. As with Hannah God answered. He sent our miracle, a miracle with arms and legs everywhere now. Yet, he still snuggles with mommy and crawls right up into my lap. He knows Jesus as his Savior, meeting him at age 6. I’ve loved (and still love) watching Jesus change him from the inside out.

    Love your heart. Relate to your prayers.

    Happy FMF, my friend!

    • I’m glad to know they still snuggle when they get bigger! :) Praise the Lord for your son’s early salvation. That is what I pray for…the He would come to know the Lord “soon” and walk with Him.

  20. Denise Oldham says:

    May your prayers be beautifully blessed.

  21. Student Mom (Jenn) says:

    You’re so right. The bunny is growing and changing everyday. I’m not sure how I’m taking it, and can only pray that I be the best mom I can be, so she makes all her changes in safety and with God at the forefront of all her choices.

  22. Yes, the prayers of a mama heart. Keep on praying mama, for He hears and answers and gives us strength to embrace the changes, even as they grow up and away.

  23. I love those mama prayers! The years have flown by and this mama is still praying :)

  24. The time does go SO fast . . . these little ones growing! Our major change is three kids married in 15 months . . . with lots more changes as well! Enjoyed reading!

  25. Love this! My little boy just got married. Crazy!! That’s change. Many changes along the way and they are all breath-taking.

  26. Sisterlisa says:

    aww I have a 20 year old and a 17 year old. sigh** As much as we do all we can to instill our values, traditions, and sacred things into their lives..letting them make their own choices as adults is not easy. But as you said..with trusting hands. God knows what they need to walk through to fashion them into a vessel for him. Sometimes the 18 years we have with them isn’t enough..and why would that surprise us? We can’t raise them perfect, but trusting in God is how we ‘parent by faith’. He’s a much better parent than we are.

  27. So love this. I still pray those kinds of prayers for my boys. Now that the 2 older ones are in high school I have added prayers for godly wives onto the list. Oh my! Now that’s change LOL. Thanks for sharing friend! Blessings!

  28. Beautiful prayers… “I welcome it with trembling but trusting hands.” …love that!

  29. girl, you are one fast thinker and typer (<-is that a word?)!! :) Ah, I am right there with you! Trembling but trusting hands – beautiful! seriously. beautiful.

  30. sarahannrogers says:

    Beautiful, friend. Sometimes, change comes so fast that I want to put up a dam and stop it (especially where the little one is concerned). Happy (now) Friday.

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