For the past few weeks, I have been busy taking care of many things, one of which is planning for our homeschooling year. Let me tell you … I loved homeschooling for the first couple weeks in August until a week ago from today, I actually started to homeschool. The past week has been a crazy roller coaster ride with all the dips, drops, loops, twists, and turns.
When I took a blogging break to face this task of planning for school, I set to work on checklists, shopping lists, book lists, and schedules. Schedules are my favorite part. Call me strange, but there is just something about a color-coded, hour-by-hour spreadsheet of the activities for the day that makes me feel orderly. This was certainly the case in my high school and college days. But, take that nice pretty schedule and mix in four rambunctious, little personalities along with my own, and it is a far cry from orderly. It looks so good on paper, but the execution of it was the beginning of my roller coaster ride.
How timely to be reminded of this precious proverb as we begin our second week of school.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
This morning, I prayed that God would loosen my grip on my plans and submit to His complete control. I prayed that He would enable me to stay fixed and focused on Him, even as I make my plans and preparations.
Whatever our plans are, He will direct me and you in ways that cannot be confined to a spreadsheet. It may not always be what we anticipated, but it will always be good.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
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