Let Freedom Ring

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You all know how much DoAheads trip my trigger (I know…a real revelation.)  Its great to find something to put us ahead in the kitchen, or a trick to make travel easier but the DoAheads nearest my heart are the things I can do to make level paths for “the Darlings” in our home. Doc and I are blessed to have three.


If only I could DoAhead in every conceivable way for them. But perhaps there are a few areas in life that are meant to be less purposed and less planned.


A little sidebar.


Our family is nuts about the 4th of July. Family gathers, sumptuous meals are served, recreation abounds. The day ends in an “oooh” and “aaah” inducing display of fireworks.


Recently, freedom around here has been celebrated in other ways too. “The Darlings” aren’t little children anymore. Our nearly 18 year old son, 17 year old daughter and 14 1/2 year old son are growing up fast.


When they were little, my husband would tell me I worried too much. But after 7 years of infertility I was determined to be a good steward of the gift God had given us, at least that’s what I told myself.


The term “helicopter parent” was coined to describe those unlucky souls that constantly hover over their kids. I’ve been convicted of late that I do my own share of hovering. My vision (by God’s grace) is to recover from the hover!


Lately it’s a constant plea with the Holy Spirit to help me keep my mouth closed. “Shut up and pray” is a common theme running through my brain these days. I pray for the choices they make, the friends they spend time with, their jobs, their activities…the list could go on and on.


Don’t misunderstand, communication is huge in our house. Our kids could testify to that! But as I become increasingly convicted to talk less and pray more the word I cling to is T-R-U-S-T.


My children’s freedom continues to expand, consequently so do their opportunities to choose. I too will choose. I choose to keep my DoAheads in perspective, especially as they relate to our kiddos. I choose to trust the great, big God that gave us our darlings in the first place. I trust Him for their care, protection and their futures.


DoAheads are divine but they take a back seat to the greater plan.


Sweet friends, that spells freedom for us and freedom for those we love!


“Live as free men…” 1 Peter 2:16


Your DoAhead Friend,

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