For me, this time of year is a time of reflection. Reflecting on what changes need to be made in the areas of curriculum, school organization, schedule, etc. However, once the reflection bug bites, it seems to lead me into reflecting in many areas of my life.
This week I am reminded of the many changes that have taken place in my life. Changes that were never on my radar. The beginning and end of this week are my kiddos birthdays. This year it commemorates my 9th year of staying home with my children.
If we set the “way back” machine to reminisce my early 20s to mid 30s, I really had no thoughts or intentions of staying home with, let alone homeschooling my children. I was thirty-two years of age when I had my first child, and knew immediately that staying home was the only decision for our new little family. For me, this was stepping into a completely unknown territory. I was far from confident in my mothering capabilities, let alone entertaining the idea of spending every waking day, hour, and minute with my kids!
Things settled into a routine and though it was (and still is) the most challenging role I have ever been in, things were ok. Then almost two years later, my daughter was born. I felt a tad more confident, but it was also a totally different ballgame. Again, things settled into a rhythm.
And of course, as we approached Builder’s time to go to school, I knew in my spirit that we would be homeschooling. And, though I really did want to homeschool with all my heart, fear reared its ugly head…again. We pushed through and are now entering our 5th year of homeschooling.
My desire in writing this blog post is that wherever you are, whatever crossroads you find yourself at, know that there is everything in you that can do it. You may struggle, you may have to learn something new, you may have to be vulnerable and find someone to walk the walk with you, but it is not out of your reach.
The hardest part is starting.
Do you want to write? Start writing. Do you want to homeschool? Find someone in the game to talk with. Do you want to (fill in the blank)? Then find the first step toward that. If it is not the right path, the Lord promises us that He will let us know.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” ~ Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
You don’t always have to have everything in place to start. Find that one thing that you can do to start walking down that path. Then, trust that you will hear His voice behind you letting you know if you are off His path for you.
All of this to say, we have a journey that is each unique and individual to ourselves. I encourage you this summer to reflect on where you have come from, where you are presently, and your desires for the future. Let’s all move forward as we reflect on the past and navigate our future.
Signing off with many blessings and prosperity to you and yours.
And You? ~ What has been a game changer in your life?