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Back to School. Now What?

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 6.42.13 PMThe crayons and markers have been bought, the school supply list is complete, and suddenly the house is quiet.

Transition is always a little awkward, isn’t it?  Awkward? What? Are you kidding me? I can hear some of you moms saying. Back to school is freedom. (Cue the confetti.) I finally get my house back and some order around here. I don’t have to hear the whining of bored children. Or maybe you are the mama that is always a little sad to say goodbye to summer nights and trips to the library. For you the school session is more work, more schedules, more organizing of backpacks, notes that have to be signed, spelling tests to be quizzed, and lunches to be packed.

Some of you are stepping into an entirely different rhythm as you not only are mom but now teacher in your homeschooling adventure. Those of you moms who have been at the office this summer and juggling kids’ lives at the same time feel the change as their daily worlds shift and you also have to shift while continuing to maintain a consistent work schedule.

Whether you are a “good riddance, summer” lady or a “noooo, slow down” lady, God is in this transition with you. Just like our kids are facing a brand-new, unknown school year, we as their mothers are too.  Another chapter has closed; another summer has been shut to never open again. One thing is for sure: we have never walked this school year that is debuting. Along with our kids, we too will face new adventures and challenges. Often our thoughts want to taunt us with the unknowns. How will I manage three kids in three different schools? Is this homeschool curriculum the right one for my child? Is the house going to feel empty as she leaves for college? All these unknowns.

But what we do know for sure is that Jesus is there in the future waiting for us. It’s incredible to think that He was there in our past and is walking with us today while He is waiting in our future. What an awesome God!

It’s hard to believe that it is now time for my husband and me to drive across the country with our newly enrolled college freshman. Her car only has room for the three of us and a few items, so last week we mailed all of her belongings to her college campus. Today we got notification that those boxes are already on campus waiting for her. Not only are her bedding and winter clothes awaiting her arrival, but so are God-destined friendships, future conversations with Jesus, and training for her life’s calling.

What is waiting for you this semester? Whether it be a new job, a new marriage, or a new challenge, God Himself is already waiting there for you. It is worth repeating: He was with us in the past, here with us today, and is holding out his arms wide to welcome us into our wonderful next chapter with Him. He was faithful then and will be faithful tomorrow. Let’s get our anticipation up for great things for us and our kids! He’s got this and them.

Jeremiah 29:11—“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you…”

Psalms 112:2—Their children will be mighty in the land: the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Ephesians 2:10—For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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