We have entered a new season in the Duncan household. My precious eldest daughter is a senior in high school. A senior. How did this happen? It truly does seem like yesterday she was born. Then her first day of Kindergarten. I cried like a baby. Now here we are. She is beginning her last year of high school. I’ll be honest, when the moms of older children would tell me to “enjoy every minute it goes by so quickly,” I secretly thought to myself, “but these days seem so long.” I really didn’t have the experience to understand that indeed they were imparting some parenting wisdom. As it turns out, they were right. It has gone by faster than I could have ever imagined. Now I am faced with questions I think every parent faces when their child is preparing to leave home. Have I given her a solid foundation? Can she stand strong in her faith? Will she ever be able to drive alone? Can she discern “good folk” from those that would mean her harm? Y’all the questions are relentless. What’s a mom to do?
Here is what I am resolved to do. I am going to enjoy every single minute of this year. Will it be perfect? Nope. Will it be easy? Don’t think so. Yet here’s some truth. When I choose an attitude of thanksgiving, my emotions always fall in line. When my mind races with the “what if’s,” I can take those thoughts captive. Years ago we decided to cast a family vision, a family motto if you will. We came up with, “a transformed family transforming generations.” Romans 12:1-2 would be our guide, “I appeal to you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Have I been a perfect mom? Absolutely not, but she has a perfect heavenly Father. Have I taught my girl all she needs to know for the rest of her life? Not a chance, but she has His word which is the greatest blueprint in life. Will I be able to keep her from seasons of pain and heartache? Again no, yet she has His spirit to be her comfort and guide. I see these last precious days as a gift. I get to watch her bloom into the beautiful young woman God has created and called her to be. So I will spend these days enjoying my girl, praying with fervency, and trusting in the Lord to guide our steps.
About the Writer:
Born in Kentucky, growing up in Arkansas, and now living in Texas, has given this southern preacher’s daughter many unique experiences. Whether setting a table for a new friend, preparing a meal for family, or sharing the love of Christ with a wounded soul, Nesli does it with passion and style. Married to her best friend, a mom to three precious girls, and a life long learner of Gods word, Nesli is excited to share her journey.