The new year has brought my family an opportunity for a fresh start, and I’m so thrilled! I’m also a bit apprehensive, if I’m being totally honest. But excited! I’m happy to announce that we have decided to withdraw Seth from public school next week and begin homeschooling again! I’m so grateful, because it feels like this is the right thing and I am at peace for the first time in several months.
All the events and decisions we encountered last fall were difficult, but necessary. Seth has really come out of his shell since he started public school. Now he will write and draw voluntarily, without coercion! That may not be a big deal for some, but for my kid- this is monumental. I believe he came face-to-face with what he is actually capable of during his time in a traditional classroom, and it increased his creative confidence dramatically!
Putting Seth in school for a while gave me the opportunity to pitch in headfirst and get the work done when we faced a difficult family crisis early in October. Also, I committed to start blogging again because offloading the responsibility of teaching for a while helped me see that writing is still important to me. I have been able to knock off some home improvement tasks, spend time developing relationships with other women, and really dive deep with the Lord about my purpose and the direction my life is heading. It was 100% worth it, but I am glad for the opportunity now to restore my relationship with my oldest son.
Every year in January, our church leads 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, and other churches all over the world join in. I believe it is important to start the new year in this posture of submission to the Lord, and for that reason I am going to refrain from posting anything in this space for the next few weeks. I am also forgoing this month’s newsletter for the same reason, though you can still find me on Instagram. This is likely to be a rhythm I will repeat off and on as I continue blogging, because ceasing activity to direct my attention toward God’s intentions for my life never fails to increase my clarity and capacity!
We are not starting our usual homeschool lessons during this time, either. I am not going to initiate something so important until I have spent adequate time in prayer for our new beginning! Rather than dive right back in with our old curriculum, we will spend the next few weeks rebuilding a framework of habits that encourages learning and discipline. We will go to the library and the local children’s science center, the park (if it will ever warm up outside!) and the art museum. To really get back off on the right foot, we need some time for deschooling, reconnecting, and seeking the Lord together.
I’m looking forward to all the things this year will bring! And, this season of prayer is going to shape eternity: that powerful truth is lifestyle-altering, and I’m honored that our Father in Heaven allows me to take part. I’d love to encourage you now to take a look around you and see if there’s anything you should put aside for a time so that you can wholeheartedly seek the Lord for what you need! Call it fasting, call it detox, call it whatever you want- there’s nothing like it if vision is what you need.
[I]f my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
I’m praying for vision for my family and this blog, and for all of you to find direction and purpose in 2018. Let’s do this! See you again in a few weeks.