As seems to be typical of our family, we’ve had some changes yet again. Most significantly, we are back to homeschooling! While there were a lot of negative reasons that prompted us to reconsider our schooling options, I became increasingly convicted while memorizing Deuteronomy 6:1-9 that our positive reasons for homeschooling hadn’t changed just because I was tired and the kids went crazy. So, I’ve returned to my role as teacher-mom, and I’m glad! Even with a baby, a preschooler, teaching two grade levels, managing the home while PJ works 50-60 hours a week, and striving to keep my OCD-introvert self in check, I’m confident that this is the right way for us to teach our kids what is good. It’s an incredible opportunity for me to depend on God’s grace.
As I was preparing to teach at home again, God began an important time of sanctification that is still ongoing. The theme of this time is season. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to keep, and a time to cast away” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6b)
It is the time to keep…
- my husband’s and kids’ needs as the primary use of my time, even when it means saying “no” to lots of good opportunities.
- a loving, faith-filled, long-term view of educating my kids.
- soaking up wisdom from the godly people that surround me while we wait for our post-seminary plans to become clear.
- counting my blessings! I’m at number 887 in the Joy Dare.
It is the time to cast away…
- running a half marathon. Or a 10K. Or maybe running anything other than after the kid who heading for the street/grabbing a knife/riding the dog. Hopefully not all at the same time.
- doing anything found on Pinterest. Except maybe giggling over Pinterest, You Are Drunk.
- facilitating a study of systematic theology.
- sleeping through the night. I’m nursing a baby! And really, he’s an awesome sleeper who happens to get hungry at 2 a.m.
While perhaps this won’t end up being my very favorite season of life ever, I can rest upon my Savior, knowing that He chose this season for my good and His glory, before I was even born (Psalm 139:16). In the long hours of parenting and teaching and seminary-supporting, He is there, always giving more grace.