For the first time in nearly two decades, the school year is beginning and I am not purchasing curriculum, planning out lessons or navigating the schedule of the coming months for my boys’ education.
Completing a long journey is bittersweet. After years of prayerfully homeschooling our sons, I am now left with loads of memories and more reasons to pray.
Tending my soul in Habakkuk, the Lord reminded me that after the word from the Lord, Habakkuk knew even better the character of God and how to pray. He knew that even though hardship and judgement was headed their way, that “in the midst” of it all, God would hear and answer prayer.
In the midst of nearly two decades of homeschooling, raising, discipling these boys into men, God heard and answered prayers with much grace, mercy and abundance. After these years of walking this long road of obedience to God, I am so grateful to better know the character of God and to have grown in relationship with Him through His Word.
A friend typed these words to me this morning, “life has been an ongoing mix of joy and sorrow…a true endurance race taking us to places of highest highs and lowest lows. God has been comforting and faithful every step of the way.”
Oh isn’t that so life? A cocktail of highest highs and lowest lows. An endurance race for us to run over the long haul. “Not that I have already attained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ has made me His own,” Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians. Maybe he too was feeling a bit reflective, nostalgic even.
Whether in homeschooling, or marriage, or parenting or anything that requires a long obedience in one direction, there will always be the mix of high highs and low lows; but maybe the secret to pressing on is found in remembering the character of God and in tending our soul by His Word.
These seasons of life blow in like the autumn breezes and shift with each passing year, but our God remains.
His Word endures, and “in the midst” of it all, He revives, He reveals and He remembers His mercy on His people.
We need only press in and seek Him.
Tending tip: If you find yourself in a season of change or even in the very midst of the enduring season, consider praying a simple verse back to the Lord for the mercy you are needing, borrowing the words of Habakkuk 3:2: “Lord, in the midst of (name your season) would You revive Your mercy? In the midst of this season reveal Your mercy to me? Remember Your mercy. For my good and Your glory. Amen.” He hears and He answers.
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