Today I am just having some simple thoughts and wanted to share them with all of you who have made my life richer in ways I couldn't have imagined... you who are friends abroad... friends I never would have met if I hadn't found this place to play. And it is a fun and interesting place to play is it not?
As we begin our school year I know that I will have to do a bit of schedule rearranging to be on task. Though my kids are at an age where there is much they can do on their own, we still embrace this gift of time we've been given. We enjoy being together, learning together. I for one am unwilling to give this time up, knowing how fleeting it is. I look back over the years and know that the one thing I will never regret is the time purposed to our children. Especially the time spent right here at home, quietly (or wildly) pursuing our own interests, sharing them with one another. Time just playing and be-ing right here where we know love.
Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup,
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places,
surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6
Our school schedule this year does have a few constants already. We will be going to art and ballet once a week. Our Keepers at Home group will meet twice a month. There are the group activities for the teens and field trips, and of course the pottery class that I have promised to the girls and myself. That's more than plenty, though I'm sure more will work it's way onto the calendar when I allow myself to be distracted from wisdom. No. I will be trying hard to exercise wisdom...
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me,
even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:7-8
As I prepare to sit with my girls next week, my prayer is that I will help guide them in their desire for wisdom. That I will be able to teach them to seek His will, to search for it, and to accept and embrace it. Because only in Him do we fulfill our life's purpose. Only by wisdom do we even comprehend that our life's purpose is hidden in Him. And it's only 'hidden' when we try to figure it out ourselves. If we yield ourselves and seek His Word, we allow the Holy Spirit to direct our steps. Then we are walking the mystery. The revealing of the hidden, by way of submission...
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
for she is more profitable than sliver and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies, nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand'
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her'
those who lay hold of her will be blessed. Proverbs 3:13-18
So, here's to another school year... another year of learning the 3 R's plus! I'm reminding myself right here, right now, that the emphasis will not be on book smarts but on the Knowledge which leads to Wisdom.
all photos were taken by Erin, thanks Erin!