That unnameable quality has descended upon the household; when summer crashes hard and school quietly yearns in our bones. Elizabeth DeBarros
Tomorrow we start school; the books are waiting to be opened, and a new school year is awaiting for us. It has been many years since we started homeschooling our children, and to think that our oldest is now starting his second year in college is unbelievable. And yet, I find myself having the same thoughts I have had for more than ten years at this time of the year: I am so imperfect, how am I going to do this?
But God has the answer to all my imperfections, to my shortcomings, to my doubts:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
As I read this verse, I breath in grace. How wonderful it is to be reminded that it is He the One who sustains me in this journey. It is because of Him that I can start the race, run, and finish it well.
Someone once said -and I have never forgotten those words,- that the moment we stop seeing the education of our children as a Giant is because we have forgotten how important it is. I agree, and at the same time we all know that a Giant is impossible to conquer without fighting. This is where I find the crux of the matter: the battle against the Giant is not fought on my own strength; it is always fought with the power of Christ, with His grace that is made perfect in my weaknesses, in my imperfections.
And so I put on the last books on the shelves, and sharpen the pencils, and get on my knees.
May we all learn to depend on His grace as we fight the Giant.
I've been enjoying your blog and thought I might introduce myself as we have several connections. I have three children in Moscow (2 at NSA and 1 a graduate) and attend church with “Scribe” and his family.
Blessings on your new school year.
SO encouraging my friend. Thank you! And, yes…may the LORD give the grace and strength and abilities required to do the job well. Isn't it wonderful to know that HE walks this path with us?? Praying for you this day….
Love to you!
I have had the thought that God called me to home school just as much for my own education in Him as my children's education. I know I am a different person because of this sanctifying journey (18 years), much more deeply acquainted with my sins as well as practicing gifts I would not have ever discovered.
God bless you and your family abundantly as you embark on your new year!
May God bless you richly as you start your new school year, Becky! May you see Him meet every need you have along the way, and may your faith in Him be strengthened.
I had wondered if I would be joining you on the homeschooling venture this year….but I have a few other Giants of my own to fight for now 🙂
A friend sent me that verse during one of the hardest seasons of my life. I hold those words close. I enjoy your writings and pray you have a blessed year!