Dacey will be starting 6th grade this year. As she pointed out to me the other day, "Just three years and I'll be a Freshman, Mom!" She announced this with much more enthusiasm than I appreciated.
Perhaps it was that single declaration that has me feeling so much more stressed this year than what I typically experience. Or maybe it because in addition to teaching Dacey 6th grade and Jaden and Isaac 1st and 3rd grades, I will also be attempting to begin 3 year old Kindergarten with Connor... not so much as to teach him, but more to keep him occupied while I am busy with the other three. (Though I am sure it will indeed be a learning experience for us all!)
Yet while beginning to organize things for our school year I am feeling anxious. There are computers to be reformatted and loaded with new programs. There are lesson plans to pull together for four different grades. There is factoring in the unexpected that tends to always interrupt a perfectly good homeschooling day.
As I think of what lies ahead, I am reminded that I am on this journey because it is what God has chosen for our family. I walk this path out of obedience to Him and because of my love for my children. It isn't always easy, but Praise God, that I do not have to do it on my own. He is there with me.. providing me strength where I am weak...motivation when I lack enthusiasm...confidence when I feel inadequate....He is there with me always.
1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Matthew 11:29-30 - Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
2 Corinthians 12:9 - But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 9:8 - And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Galatians 6:9 - Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.