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Wandering Wednesday: Schedule Interruptions

“Lord, you know our schedule for today, but I give You permission to interrupt our day.”

I’ve prayed it aloud with my five children at the breakfast table or during our morning Bible reading time. I’ve prayed it silently during my morning devotions or while taking a shower. I’ve prayed it as we are driving to the library or en route to errands.

As much of a type-A, organized Mom as I am (and those who know me best, like my husband and close friends, don’t doubt that assessment), I desire so much more for the Lord to have His way with each of our days as a homeschooling family. That desire is something Jesus has begun to really emphasize in my heart as I’ve grown and matured in Him.

I obviously know in my head that God in His omnipotence can and will do whatever He pleases. My prayer of “permission” is really about my heart. I want my heart to be willing and easily molded when God puts something in my schedule that I don’t expect.

In my early days of mothering and homeschooling, I had a rigid plan for each day. Nap times, meals to be prepared, school pages to be covered, things to do and people to see—all had a prioritized place on my to-do list. I rationalized my strict plan with the thought, “It’s the only way to efficiently run a large family.”  

When an interruption prevented something from happening according to my plan...READ MORE HERE

 


Melanie Hexter and her husband of 17 years, Matthew, live in Howard, Ohio, with their five children. Though the types of interruptions have changed through their 10 years of homeschooling, Jesus has been the same unchanging source of grace.

This article was originally published in the Mar/Apr ’08 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more information, visit http://homeschoolenrichment.com/

 

 

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