Encouragement

It’s that time again y’all!

Ahhhh…sweet summertime. Here it is again! Schools are out of session, air conditioners are running, swimming pools are open, the smell of tanning lotion fills the air, and slumber parties and family vacations are in full swing. Pass me some pina colada please people! 😉 As a year round homeschooling family, our schedule differs slightly from the mainstream population. The beginning of summertime means it’s also assessment time! Our state requires a yearly assessment to be completed for each child. There are a few options to choose from, but we usually opt for an annual homeschool portfolio which showcases the child’s work from throughout the entire year for a review. As I started compiling papers, projects, pictures, and reports from this past year, I had such a rush of emotions. The memories associated with each assignment, the progress we have made from the beginning of the year, all the laughs AND even the tears, that we have experienced this year…WOW, what a year! I started pondering on all of the changes that have occurred in our lives just over the past year. Change doesn’t come easily for me…it never has. A year ago, I could have never imagined all of the changes, all of the experiences, we would have encountered by this point in our lives… love and loss, joy and sadness, sickness and health, life and death, days of ease and days of struggle,lots of laughs and tons of tears. God has placed some amazing people in our lives while he has helped us say goodbye to others this year and we have had to learn some pretty hard lessons along the way. Through all of these changes, all of these various “seasons” of our life, there is one thing that has remained constant… GOD HAS BEEN WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. HE HAS NEVER LEFT OUR SIDE! HIS LOVE FOR US IS UNCHANGING. Regardless of our circumstances, God has worked them ALL for our GOOD as He promised He would do in His Word. (ROMANS 8:28) So here’s to CHANGE! Here’s to GROWING! Here’s to TOMORROW that will never be like today! Here’s to new SEASONS in our life. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, BUT I know the one who holds my tomorrow. Let’s embrace the change God has brought to your life. His plans for us are good! (JEREMIAH 29:11) GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (ECCLESIASTES 3:1-8)

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