Well, the first week with our first born away from home has been rough. For me, at least.
I can’t go upstairs to her room without getting weepy. Are ya’ll going through this too?
Should I see a doctor for it? Just kidding. I ramped up my exercise in an effort to release the “feel good” hormones.
Trying to find focus during this almost empty nest period is difficult. I’ve been floating through the days without my usual gusto and getting very little accomplished. I feel a turn around though after chatting with friends last night who are going through the same experience. We agreed that anticipating the four years of heading up to UGA for football games, tailgating, having Marianna home for special occasions and holidays will tranquilize my aching heart.
I turned to The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren this morning and opened the book where I needed help most–
This is good stuff. I’ve turned to this book many times over the years. Always helps to re-set my direction—God should be at the center of wherever we are headed.
“God intentionally allows you to go through painful experiences to equip you for ministry to others.” Rick Warren.
So for those of you in the same shoes, we are going to be just fine. Get busy with your ministry, whatever God put you here to do.
If I can help you as part of my ministry, just touch base. This “nearly empty nest” is not easy, but surely goodness will come out of it!!