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Kristen Strong, author of Back Roads to Belonging and Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with hope instead of worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado...

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  1. That was exactly what I needed. My daughter’s last day is tomorrow. The litany of lasts has been a joy but a heavy one. There’s been a lump in my throat behind the smiles. She’s not my first nor last, but each hits a little different I suppose. Thanks for the prayer. I think I’ll go re-read it now.

  2. Good morning Everyone, I am so touched by this article today. I love how these words bring special memories to my heart. You are certainly right, we live from season to season and along with our seasons come different experiences. Some experiences are not good but some are wonderful.

    I pray that all the graduates will be mindful to thank the Lord for helping them to reach this success. And I pray that all mothers, grandmothers, aunts, godmothers and step mothers remember to thank the Lord for their journey and His guidance along the way.

    We can’t live for our children but we can pray daily for them. Even when we made mistakes with our children, God knew we would be a progress in the making just like our children.

    Glory to the name of Jesus.

    We are to trust God and obey His Word.

    We will experience all types of ups and downs but God will never leave us or forsake us.

    Enjoy your day.

    Your Sister in Christ

  3. My girls all graduated many years ago. They’re all moms, and successful workers outside the home, as well. When I prayed this prayer, it made sense for them, too! Thank you, Kristen!

  4. Kristen,

    I never had children, yet was a mother to my parents in their aging years. Like most parents there were good & bad days. Some I wished never happened. There were times when I prayed for the stress, hardships, & pain to be over. It has been 5+ years since their “graduation” to Heaven. I was alright at first then I kind of missed being needed & having someone to care for.

    This really hit home “And Lord, when the house feels much emptier than it did before, comfort me and show me Your goodness to come. Help me see my nest not as an empty (or emptier) nest but a changing nest. Help me see and name the good things You still have in mind for me in my new season.” Strangely He did just that. He took my part time hospital job, changed units (step down to ICU)m& gave me a full-time benefitted job. He showed me that there are still many people out there I can care for in various ways. He is awesome.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. I liked reading the prayer you wrote. I just wrote a few things in a graduation card for a friend’s son who graduated yesterday. I gave him encouragement. I remember when our kids graduated years ago from homeschool. My daughter went to college in WA state. She now lives with us and works on line
    at home for now..she was hoping to gwt an apartment or house but it’s expensive. Son stayed home but still worked then moved to an apartment with friends. Some college then work. Now he’s married and has 3 childrwn. Good memories for sure and so thankful they continue follow Jesus. Congratulations for your daughter’s graduation. She made it!!