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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


As mentioned Monday, last weekend hubby and I helped our daughter and her new husband move to Reno. They’ll spend the next 12 months there while our son-in-law completes his rotations for his final year of Pharmacy College. It’s an exciting time for them as Kyle sees the culmination of his education and the beginning of his career.

It’s also a little scary—having to move away from friends and everything familiar. Everything is new. Everything is unknown. Everything has yet to be unveiled.

I can’t help but feel selfish as I relish in the opportunity to have them closer. Two hours away instead of 12. A quick jaunt up the hill. It feels like they’re practically up the street.

The effort on my behalf will be to remember my role as mother has changed. The part of nurturing that means upbringing, training, education was over years ago.

But the part that means supporting and encouragement remains. Forever.

Not just as a mother. But as a Christian and a citizen of this world. To support and encourage others. To nurture.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the people you have placed in my life. Thank you for the people who support and encourage me. Please show me ways today to nurture others in your name. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Who are you nurturing? Who do you think needs nurturing? How can you nurture them today?

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This month the Christian Writers are sharing thoughts about the theme “nurture” in honor of Mother’s Day. Please click on their links to the right on the appropriate days and read what they have to say.


lynnmosher said...

Their move came at a great time to coincide with your post, didn't it? Praying they get settled quickly. I don't think we ever stop nurturing our children. Nicely done, Carol.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Lynn - you're so right that we never stop nurturing our children and we shouldn't stop nurturing each other either. Thanks.

Pam B. said...

I enjoyed raising my kids. I loved being home for them and my life was in many ways defined by them. Now I've had to step back. They (usually) don't want me to "mommy" them. So I pray for them every day, for their protection, for their future spouses, for blessings on their efforts, for their career paths, for their friends--for God's guidance to the best path for their life. It is a great comfort having a heavenly Father who is also a Mother.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pam - Prayer is absolutely the most important thing we can do. It's empowering--praying and being prayed for both.

Michael Johnson said...

It is humbling to adjust to new roles as our children grow older

Jack Brown said...

biiiiig hug

SandiGrace said...

I appreciate the differences you noted in nuturing when children grow into adults. My "mama heart" is the same, but their needs are not. Good post. :)

From Carols Quill said...

Thank you Michael, Jack and Sandi. We love our kids forever.

Adam Collings said...

Isn't it interesting people's perceptions of geographic distance. For me, living on the island of Tasmania, a 2 hour drive from Launceston to Hobart seems like a world away whereas to you, it's just around the corner.

I like how you point out that we have a responsibility to encourage and nurture anybody we can, not just those who are closest to us.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Adam - wow--good point about geographic perception! For me it is about comparison: 2 hours is way better than 12, so it's practically "up the street." Thanks for your thoughts.