Faith, God's Beauty, Homeschooling, My One Word, My Walk, Parenting, The Kiddos

The End is the Beginning

My daughter had her last day of school on Tuesday, as did many children. However, for my daughter she wasn’t just saying goodbye for the summer, with the promise of returning to her friends and teachers again in September. She was saying adios for good.

She has been excited for our new adventure, and this day just marked the beginning. Gone are the rushed mornings where there isn’t time for me to enjoy a cup of tea while she tells me about how she dreamed she was Princess Celestia (for those uninitiated readers, she is a My Little Pony–a show my daughter absolutely loves); or to relax for a moment over our morning devotions. Gone will be the need to immediately get dressed, to rush through breakfast, and to separate ourselves from each other for the next six hours.

Will there be a routine and things to get done, yes, but the rush to get out the door every morning will be gone. There will be time for bonding and connection, laughter and smiles, and sometimes, just sometimes, there will be time to make chocolate chip pancakes and sing silly songs before we head to the couch for snuggles and stories.

Tuesday might have been the end of First grade, the end of the official school year, and the end to her PS experience, but it is just the beginning of her chances for learning new and exciting things. For growing together as a family, for growing together with the Lord. It is just the beginning of getting to know each other a little more each day, to playing outside, and exploring the woods. It is just the beginning to field trips and adventures, and a whole world outside of a large building where the student to teacher ratio is too often 30:1.

Is this as exciting for me as it is for her? Definitely. It is also scary, because she has so much FAITH and trust in me, the instant and undying belief that I will educate her and she will learn. This is the same FAITH I’m putting in the LORD, who I believe has placed this intention on my heart. This is the path we are supposed to take, and it is the path we will walk together, each step as a family, with our FAITH and trust in our Heavenly Father. With Him guiding us, we can do anything.

“For we live by FAITH, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

May the LORD bless you,

Sare

 

 

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Faith, In the Beginning, My Walk

The Jesus Diet

I need the LORD. Not just on bad days when  I've ate a Kit Kat and have come down from the sugar high, but every day.

Years ago I never expected to be the person I am today. A person who thrives on working out daily, and who is aware of the foods I put into my body. I won’t lie, I love cake and cookies, and it is a struggle to stop eating them once I start. However, a healthy diet, one that doesn’t make me crabby and lethargic, requires me to ignore those cravings and desires on a regular basis.

Now, contrary to popular belief, a diet isn’t all about denying yourself the ‘yummy’ things. In fact, a real diet isn’t about taking away. It’s about filling yourself with things that are good for you, things that make your body function like a well oiled machine. A body needs a wide variety of foods to provide nutrition and fuel. Yes, I could eat a Kit Kat bar for a quick energy boost, but because it isn’t nutritious, that energy will be short lived and cause me to feel lethargic and unhappy. For me, that usually takes less than an hour.

The same applies to our spiritual life and well being. As a Christian, I’ve realized that I function better, for longer periods of time, if I have a spiritual diet filled with prayer and Bible study. On the days when I’ve let “life” get in the way, and I haven’t made the time to seek Jesus and spend time in His Word, I feel much like I do after that Kit Kat bar. I’m unhappy, I’m lethargic, and suddenly bad habits start to slip back into my life.

My family starts noticing the difference, but more importantly, I notice the difference.

I need the LORD. Not just on bad days when  I’ve ate a Kit Kat and have come down from the sugar high, but every day. My best days are the days when I start with the LORD, seek Him throughout the day, and end the day with Him as well. When I turn to Him in joy as well as in need, and I make sure He is the center of my day, those days are spiritually filling. I’ve given my soul what it needs to be healthy and happy.

So, a Jesus diet isn’t about cutting Him out of my life, but about making sure I’m filling my life with enough of Him to keep my life running smoothly. The LORD created us to be great in Him. He doesn’t leave us alone to figure it out on our own, but He is there, always waiting for us to turn to Him.

Fill your spiritual cup with the LORD, turn to him in Thanksgiving as well as in need. Even when you don’t think you need Him, when you can find something else to give you that boost of energy–you need Him. I need Him. Turn to Him. Things are always better and more clear with His presence in your life.

A healthy diet is one filled with the LORD, Jesus.

 

Blessings,

Sare