This week marked some big changes for our family. Embug started middle school and Kritter entered 3rd grade where he will have more than one core content teacher every day.
Those kind of changes are big for any kid and a mom’s heart aches when she sees any fear or anxiety in the eyes of her children. To be honest, I think I was as nervous as the kids were about this first day of school. Perhaps more than any other first day we’ve shared thus far.
You would think being an educator, a first day for me or my kiddos would be old hat. Well, just like any other family embarking into the unknown, we had our concerns.
I am so thankful for the wisdom and guidance our church leadership provides us. It seems that the teaching staff, including Doug Walker, are guided to preach on topics that are just in time for me and the needs of my home. Now I know it has everything to do with God speaking to me and my eyes and ears being open to HIS WORD, but Fellowship of the Parks has got God dialed in and delivering his message with purpose, meaning and power. The Sunday before the first day of school was one of many occasions of timely, God-breathed nourishment.
Doug encouraged us to go forth and “Show up, Shine and Let it Go!”
At that very moment I caught the eye of a friend of mine at church and knowingly smiled. We both had been facing some struggles as moms and how to best guide our kids. This was our directive. Show up… just go where you are supposed to go and be there, be present. Shine… let the love of Christ shine through you and be a light to all. Let it go… leave the details and the inner workings to God, it will all work out as God intends. Don’t waste your time or energy worrying over things you can’t control.
The first day arrived on Tuesday. Tuesday and every day after that was a good day. We are four days in and we…
Let it go.
Next week we plan to continue to…
Let it go.
How will you approach your new school year with your kids? Do you have a motto? Share your plans for this year.