The Promise of New Beginnings!

Dear Homeschool Mom,

It’s the last day of the year 2013!  Can you believe it?  My day includes a trip to the Orthodontist, laundry to wash, food to prepare, pets to feed, bills to pay and lessons to plan.  What about you?  Is your day filled with the numerous tasks of a busy mom?  Will you have a moment of rest?  A moment for reflection on what has been and what will be?

Spring sky and burgeon in snow

I don’t know about you, but I’m happy today is December 31, 2013.  What a year it has been!  I recall the words from Ecclesiastes 3: 1 — “For every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven: ” (KJV).    Days of wiping tears, scouring messes and reading the same book 20 times left me weary.  The weight of being a homeschool mom overran my thoughts.  My heart beats with memories of “what has been.”  Loss of dear friends.  Gathering of new friends.  Release of dreams.  Acceptance of reality.  Milestones reached.  Grades achieved.  Planting and reaping.  This may have been a challenging year,  but there is hope!  Like the days before the births of my children, I wait in anticipation of the birth of 2014.

What will this year bring?  Will this be the year homeschooling “clicks” for me?  Will this be the year that I no longer worry about tests and standards and society’s expectations?  Will this be the year I embrace this amazing gift…the gift  of spending every day exploring this planet and living this incredible life through the eyes of my child?

Will 2014 bring more of what has been, or will this year be different?  Will this be the year of peace?   The year of hope?  The year where love grows abundantly in our hearts and the hearts of our children? Our communities?  Our nation?

My prayer is that we will fully embrace life in 2014.   These days of counting beans, drawing pyramids, and singing about verbs may seem trifling.  But these moments spent in our homes — they are the promises of our future!  What we do every day makes a difference.  We may not see it now, but we have a promise that we will see a difference.  The prophet proclaims in Isaiah 40:31 (KJV), But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  

The promise of this new year is ringing loud and clear.  May we be available to answer the call!

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