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Wilderness Wanderings

Sweet friends,

We sensed a weariness and discouragement in many of you at co-op on Wednesday. We want you to know that we care deeply about you and are grateful for YOU.  We are praying for you!  If you are feeling discouraged or weary, you are not alone.

Wednesday evening I was reminded of a journal/blog entry that I wrote last year during this season. I was amazed when I looked it up to see that it was the same date - just a year earlier!  We pray that it is an encouragement to you. 

Wilderness Wanderings

desert sanddunesWe have been reading Exodus for our family devotion time. Just like the Israelites, my recent past few weeks has felt a bit like an uncomfortable and irritating wilderness trek. Imagine dirty feet, lots of walking and carrying stuff...and the temperature extremes! I don't really have any of those things, but what I do have is decisions to make for schooling for next year (in the midst of still trying to finish out this year), sins and shortcomings in my life and that of my children, doubts, feelings of inadequacy, weariness and questions about what I'm doing etc.etc.etc.

I'll be honest and say that there have been times when I've read this book of the Bible and thought, "Wow, those Israelites were a bunch of ingrates! They saw AMAZING miracles by the hand of God, and yet they grumbled, complained, and doubted." If they would have just comprehended that they served an AWESOME God, surely, they would not have struggled to see the big picture of what He was doing in and through them.

This time of year (March-ish) is always a struggle for me in homeschooling. I know I’m not alone because I speak with so many dear, committed women who have worked tirelessly for years and years to lovingly educate their children, and who now find themselves in a wilderness wandering season – questioning, doubtful, and weary. At this time of year, we have worked really hard for a really long time, but there is still a really good chunk of work left to be done. Then, there is so much talk, talk, talk about plans for next year. 

Too often I fall into the trap of discouragement and weariness. I don't look to who God is! I look at myself, my weaknesses, my inadequacies, and my weariness. Just like those Israelites before me, I so quickly forget the marvelous hand of God working in my family. I forget that I am a redeemed child of the King! My husband and children are redeemed children of the King! We share sweet, sweet family times together. My children are growing and learning about the amazing world that God has created, and so much more...  

THEN, the Word of God captivates my heart, piercing me to the core:

Exodus 33: 12-14  

Moses: You have been telling me, 'Lead these people,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. 

Lord: I know you by name, and you have found favor with me. 

Moses: If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.  Remember that this nation is your people.

Lord: My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

 

The Jennifer version - please insert YOUR name here:

Jennifer: You have been telling me, 'Lead these people,' but I am confused and weary, and I feel inadequate and ineffective.  There are the SATs, ACTs, college looming, unfinished math lessons, heart issues, etc. 

Lord: Jennifer, I know you by name, and you have found favor with me. 

Jennifer: Lord, if you are pleased with me, teach me your ways, so that I may know you and continue to find favor with you.  Remember that this family is your people.

Lord: My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest

Jennifer weeps in the arms of her Heavenly Father because He is so good!  She can do anything if His presence is with her!  She can find rest.

Sweet friends, we pray you will find rest in His presence as you lead your family!

Heather, Jennifer & Monica

Pathway Christian Cooperative

Leadership Team

 

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