I’m having a hard time letting go of my teens

Written by M. Larson

letgoofteenI am the mother of two teenage sons, ages 18 and almost 14. Their dad and I have a good marriage, and we have always been a close Christian family. My problem is that I am having a terrible time letting go–even a little. (My 18 year old is still a senior in high school.)

I am controlled by fear for them. When they are out of my sight, I am worried about them. When my older son is out in the car, I am worried almost to the point of being sick until he comes home. They are good kids. They are not out drinking, taking drugs, and things like that. I know the problem is mine, but I don’t know how to overcome it. I pray about them constantly, but I can’t seem to release them to God’s care. I always want them home where I know they are safe. My older son will be four hours away at college next year. I don’t know how I will cope with that!

Advice: What does Jesus say to you? “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”–(Or to anyone else’s life for that matter) You must hold your sons up in your hand to the Lord and commit them to His care.

Years ago when I was going through a trial of faith, our pastor gave this benediction: “And the peace of God that passeth all understanding shall keep your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.”

That’s just what I need! I thought. And the answer for getting that must be in the text. So with my concordance I found that verse–and the verse preceding it: “Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”(Philippians 4:6-7)

I did all that (every stipulation)–and I received that peace that passeth all understanding. And do you know, it has worked for me ever since in every situation!

So, get down and do Philippians 4:6 with your whole heart–and live in the peace of God that passeth all understanding. And if and when that fear hits you, do it again–and again.

Also, Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” If God did it for David, He can do it for you!

I’m praying for you. May our good and loving Lord deliver you from all your fears. Trust Him!

In His love, Dr. Muriel

2 Responses to “I’m having a hard time letting go of my teens”

  • Cicely J says:

    The advice given on this has truly helped me today. I think I am going to write the scriptures down and keep them in a place near to me so I can remember them and recite them daily.

    Thank you

  • vwoofy says:

    I wonder how many parents are sitting back and not going online on facebook or other social media to see what their kids are really into. Also look at their texting history on their cell phones. Probably will be shocked, it is so gross out there with their horrible swearing, sexual talk etc. These little kids are doing this and only 12, 13 years old. Parents wake up, battle is with the enemy not them. This generation of kids is being stolen by satan, really. The parents sleep and they slip away with a double life. I mean we got to wake up, parents.

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