2015. It has been an interesting year. I’m had some incredible highs, and some seemingly unbearable lows. Yet as I spent time praying this morning, I felt so truly thankful and grateful to God for this past year of life. The highs have kept me encouraged, and motivated. The lows have kept me prayerful, and focused on what really matters. Challenges have helped me become stronger and wiser in a myriad of ways, and learn to listen more attentively to God’s voice. It’s been a journey, and I’m sure each one of you can relate. But I feel so blessed for this journey, for all I’m learning and for continued growth.
So excited for what 2016 has in store!
May you continue to move forward in all that God has for you!
Happy New Year.
I could feel it start to happen with the arrival of November. My neck stiffening, my mind racing, my pulse quickening. All from thinking about preparing for Christmas. Or more accurately, Christmas shopping. Did I have my budget ready? Did the kids give me their lists? Who do I need to buy presents for? When should the Christmas cards go out? And on and on and on… Stress! Pressure! And not at all what the Christmas season is meant to be about. While there is nothing wrong with those things in and of themselves, when pushed to the forefront, they remove the focus from the true reason for Christmas – Jesus Christ! This year, instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle, and sucked into the commercial hype of the season, I am determined to stay worshipful, grateful and focused on Christ. –
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Family, friends, laughter and love are all byproducts of the Christmas holiday. The love of Christ and the warmth of His presence, mold the beauty and joy of the holiday. But for everyone, it’s not a happy time. Someone lost a loved one recently, and ache at the thought of the first Christmas without them. Another person has a tragic, painful memory associated with this time of year, and it colors their joy and happiness a paled shade of blue. You may be lonely, frightened, and unable to find rest. You might be worried about money, and unable to provide much of anything for your children.
I just want you to know that people do care. Some of us do realize that Christmas is so much more than presents, sales, big dinners, and new toys. It’s about truly sharing the love of Jesus. And in an effort to do just that, I’m reaching out to you now with that love to say I understand, and I care. I am praying right now for anyone struggling with any of the hurts I’ve mentioned. While you may not feel joy or peace, that’s exactly what Jesus came to give you. Allow yourself to feel, but trust in Him to give you strength, courage and ultimately joy. That’s something no situation can take away. Praying for you.
When I started this journey over a year ago, it was daunting, to say the least. I really wasn’t sure I could do it. I mean, the thought of the responsibility for all that my children would learn, being in my hands, overwhelmed me. Good teachers, teachers who care and love and have a passion for helping children, are amazing and deserve our respect and accolades! I hardly thought I could measure up.
Then a funny thing happened. I realized I didn’t have to measure up. It’s not a competition. Instead of trying to teach in a certain way or be like that amazing teacher, I had to put my trust in God to navigate this journey. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t have to do my research, lesson plans, preparations, field trips, grading papers, science experiments (I’m getting tired just reading that J). Rather, it means if God has trusted me with this noble calling, then He will equip me to do it.
So in spite of myself, my limitations, my shortcomings, I homeschool. I homeschool because I am putting more than academics into my boys. We are studying Godly character. We have a lot of life lessons – we study how to prioritize time, how to make decisions on what is most important and why. When we’re all tired and no one can focus, we can take a break and go play outside, or head out the door to a field trip. We play together, talk together, have lunch together, think together and dream together. We study what intrigues them, and have time to research fun activities. We take vacations when the beaches are empty, and do science experiments at night. We stay at the free university called the library for hours, or make grocery shopping a time of math and critical thinking – why should we get milk instead of chips? We have afternoon cuddles and wonderful story times of reading. It is an amazing adventure.
It’s not easy. It’s not convenient. But I love it, and I’m so thankful for homeschool.