Back to School

7 Sep

Today was our “official” day beginning the new grade levels – 4th, 1st and Kindergarten.  Since my baby boy decided to put himself on only one nap per day, our schedule is different.  Instead of all the classwork ending by lunch break, I’ve divided our school day into a simpler and more flexible morning session and afternoon session.

I get as many, if not more, butterflies than the girls do!  Yesterday, my husband took all four children to my middle daughter’s soccer practice so I could retreat to the classroom and prepare for today.  I ended up with more mess than anything else, and yes, I worried.  I didn’t feel comfortable or ready but we dived into it this morning.

We did well!  I started to use Homeschool Tracker Basic for lesson planning and recording.  I like the software and I love the ability to print reports, but it is a bit time-consuming.  What isn’t?!

While prepping for our morning devotional, God inspired me to glance at Our Daily Bread, a sweet mini-publication.  This is today’s:

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS  by Joe Stowell

One of my boyhood hobbies was building model planes.  Every time I opened a new box, the first thing I saw was the instructions, but I didn’t think I needed to follow them.  In my mind I knew exactly how to put the model together.  Not until I had glued a few pieces together did I realize I had skipped an important step, like putting the pilot in the cockpit.

It’s easy to think that we have no need for instructions for our lives, only to later realize that we’ve messed things up.  Which is exactly why Jesus advised that following His instructions is the way for wise people to build a safe, solid, and significant life (Matt. 7:24-29).  He had just told the listening crowd to turn the other cheek, to go the extra mile, to forgive enemies, and to sell treasures so that they could give to the poor (5:39-44).  But just getting the instructions isn’t enough.  The key is to follow them. “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock” (7:24).

Those who don’t follow the instructions are, as Jesus put it, “foolish” (v.26).  To the world, forgiving your enemies and giving to the poor may seem like a silly way to build a life, but, take it from Jesus, it’s the wise way.

Lord, help me heed Your every word,
Commands that I have read or heard;
As You reveal Your will each day,
Help me to follow and obey. —Fitzhugh

To build a rock-solid life, follow Jesus’ instructions.

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