Where Does the Time Go?

The one thing that I love about Blogger is that when you blog, it not only becomes your own diary or journal about life and family happenings, but it can become a great encouragement for yourself and what you have learned on the journey!

I came across this blog entry today (click to read) — and it is hard to believe this was posted 4 years ago!  Now when school starts on August 27th, my youngest will be in 4th grade, and my oldest a sophomore in high school!  Where has the time gone?

Psalm 121 is still an important passage for me as I have had to look continually for God’s help during those times when I have had to teach and coach my kids about friendships, social issues, choices, consequences, the media and so many other things that the world uses to entrap them and discourage them.  We have had some difficult times, and there have been many “teaching moments” that I wish would have happened differently, but God is faithful, and He is still at work in our family and all of us are changing for the better!

Being a mom is a lifelong journey, and thankfully we can get help that we need to prepare our children for their independence!  Don’t give up, Mom — know where your Help comes from!  The Maker of heaven and earth will move heaven and earth to be there for you when you need it and ask for it!


When Does School Start???

It’s been a LONG summer. Believe it or not, I think even my kids are ready for summer to end. We are all running out of creative ideas, and all the boys want to do is play video games (and I don’t think so!). There seems to be more bickering, more sassing, and with the 100 degrees days here in Texas, there is only so much we can do in the house without being all over each other.

So when does school start? For us it’s August 25th. I know Joshua (who is 5) is excited about school, since he is starting Kindergarten. We’ll find out next week who his teacher will be, and I’ve been praying so hard for the right teacher for him! I want his first year of school to be a good experience for him. And it’s going to be a rough week – for me – since he has been my little buddy here at home for so long!

Matt is starting middle school. A scary prospect for me — I worry about his organizational skills, whether he’ll remember to bring home what he needs for homework each day, and if he gets good teachers. I worry that he’ll pick up bad habits from the other kids, if he’ll still apply his best like in 5th grade, and if he finds a good crowd of friends to run with. (Not to mention all the other things that happen with peer pressure!)

I know I am worrying myself silly and not looking to the Lord for reassurance and help. I went to the Word and found this in Psalms 121 about how He takes care of his own:

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let our foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

That last verse is such a comfort for me as my kids enter school this fall. He will keep them from all harm. He will watch over their lives. I have done the best I can do as their mom; I need to entrust the Lord with my children and allow him to do what he does best.