With Christmas long gone and it being 10 days into the new year already, I have finally come up for air. We enjoyed a very nice (and much needed) week long break from school and work as a family, playing board games, visiting museums, going to the movies, and just hanging out together. Now I would be lying if I said I wasn’t growing antsy by the end of the week to start getting back to a regular routine, but it was really good to have that time off.
With so many days on stay-cation, I was worried that jumping back into our normal school schedule would be
horrible difficult. It ended up being a very smooth transition, however, and here is where I can attest to the power of intercessory prayer, ladies! The kids were cooperative, eager to learn, and helpful around the house. At times I wondered if these were, indeed, my own children.
It helped that I am excited for the second half of our school year, as we are moving into a science unit on the human body and continuing with our study of ancient civilizations. My son is starting to read more difficult books and rising to the challenge each time. My daughter is getting better at writing her letters and has learned to count to 20. I’m also excited about the things God has been laying on my heart lately. One of them is to parent intentionally. My children can both make great strides in their learning at home, but if God is not in the details, it will be in vain.
I read something recently that reminded me to prioritize the things that won’t “burn”. In other words, the stuff that will last for eternity. There are so many things that capture our attention each day, and a lot of it is good. But a whole lot of it is also a waste of time. Will the things I have invested my time and energy into last forever, or will they fade away?
I’ve been convicted to filter everything I do as a mom, especially, through the lens of scripture. I want to discipline and teach my kids in such a way that they are continually directed to Jesus and His Word. The things we say, watch, hear, and learn about should glorify His name and recognize His sovereignty in our lives. That means my decisions for them while they’re this young, my correction of their behavior, and my teaching various academics should all be to that end. Bible shouldn’t be just a “subject” I teach at home, it should underscore how we live daily.
I am also very excited about a project I have been working on for the past several months. About five years ago, before I ever considered homeschooling, God began changing the way I view education and its purposes. I’m pleased to announce that I have put all these ideas, including hours and hours of research, into a book that is in its final stages! It is currently in the publisher’s hands, and should be ready soon. I will let everyone know how they can get a copy, when it is available.
I would love to hear if you’ve made any resolutions or have any convictions for 2016. Leave them in the comments below!