Friday, April 27, 2012

The Journey Continues...

Last night I composed a "Save the Date" email to notify friends and family about my daughter's graduation open house. Not only have I never done one, been to one or heard of one before this year, I'm not sure exactly what a graduation open house should look like. I'm sure I'll think of some ideas. I was thinking I could make a slide show people could view on the television as they walked by it. I could lay out her accomplishments, photos and awards on a table. I'm not really sure how far back that should go. I could include her first pair of ballet shoes, her first pair of point shoes, her mock trial certificates. I also found lots of neat ideas for making graduation hat shaped desserts. All I know is that by the time it's over, I will be an expert at graduation open houses. That's a good thing too, as I have three more graduates coming up the ranks over the next seven years.

I don't yet feel nostalgic and overwrought about my daughter graduating and heading to college in the fall. One reason is that it takes me less than an hour to get to the University of Georgia. That's just far away enough to give her independence, but also a shoulder to cry on, a mommy-comfort hug and a home cooked meal when she needs one. The other reason is that I'm so busy getting through all the graduation requirements.

So, now with one child moving on to pursue the dreams God planted in her heart, it's time to take stock. It's time to consider the journey. Our homeschool methods and philosophies went through many changes over the years. What have I learned. How would I do things differently? What am I glad I did? Those are the things I hope to share with you over the next few posts.

Let me begin by saying that I'm so thankful that I trusted God with my child's future. I'm so glad that I believed God's Word regarding my child. For, every single time things looked like they were balancing precariously on the edge of a very deep chasm, God made His purposes and plans known. He was faithful to guide and direct my child -- even sometimes without my involvement or understanding. We've always been able to look back and see His hand at work. Though sometimes, we didn't know why God allowed certain things, we are confident that God had a reason and will use it for His glory in her life.

The Word of God is so powerful and encouraging concerning God's plan for our children. His promises leave no room for us to be fearful and worried about their future. I have placed "your children" in each of the verses below to emphasize his promises for our children.

Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for [your children]," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper [your children] and not to harm [your children], plans to give [your children] hope and a future."

Ephesians 2:10

For [our children] are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for [our children] to do.

Psalm 138:8

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for [my children]; your love, O LORD, endures forever--do not abandon the works of your hands.

There are many things God has taught me over the years as a homeschool mom. Honestly, the most important one is to truly trust Him with my children. This is called faith. If I have genuine faith in God's Word and in His promises, if I have faith in God, I will not fear. If I am in fear, worried about the future in any way, it's because I lack faith.

I'll post what God has taught me about fear in the next post.