I believe it's going to take more than coffee to embark on this new school year! The summer days are ending and the season of lengthy class schedules are propelling our household forward. Surrounded by an oversized country table full of books and folders, my endurance wanes today. I am ready for a nap. We've […]

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I believe it's going to take more than coffee to embark on this new school year! The summer days are ending and the season of lengthy class schedules are propelling our household forward. Surrounded by an oversized country table full of books and folders, my endurance wanes today. I am ready for a nap. We've reached the end of our second week, and I sip from my coffee cup once more before checking in with our printed schedule. Twenty two years have lead me to this, a mom relying upon God's grace daily in our home education journey. One day at a time, one schedule at a time, one read-a-loud, spelling test, assignment, and class at a time. Every task built upon one another into something strong but nothing in comparison to the immovable foundation laid.

Before I expound upon that foundation, please let me explain what I realized today. I am not the same twenty-six year old woman who stepped out on this journey with shaky legs and many workbooks in hand. I'm now a forty-seven year old woman, mother, and grandmother who knows what God has called me to do. My confidence in God to pour out His grace, to equip, to guide, and to build up my children, even in my lack, has grown into something I can only praise Him for. I would have been the most unlikely to home educate, the most unlikely to mother nine children, most unlikely to remain married for twenty-eight years this month, most unlikely to share any God given words that speak into people's lives, to encourage, to offer hope. Yes, by God's grace, this has become my calling and in some aspects"my burden. With this in mind, I Corinthians 1:27 reminds me, 'But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.'

'That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'

2 Corinthians 12:10

I know Who helps me. I know Whom I believe in. I know Who's able to do far more in me and through me than all I could ever ask or imagine. He does this in my life e v e r y – s i n g l e – day. To God be the glory! And, He will do this for anyone willing to receive His grace and live in it! When Jesus Christ becomes our Lord, if we allow Him, His grace will fill every cracked area of our lives to recreate us into something useful to Him and beneficial to others. So, there's that foundation reference I mentioned earlier, a foundation not built by our own making but by God and His living word. He's the Chief Cornerstone of my own faith and every calling upon my life. My confidence and strength remain in Him alone. What about you?

Guys, it's going to take a lot more than coffee on days like this to fulfill our true calling in this life. However, strong coffee does help and I think it's kicking in now!

'You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.'

2 Timothy 2:1