Every summer as I pack away last year's learning and look towards the coming year with hopeful anticipation, I begin to pray. I call on God to reveal a word of truth...a verse I can cling to for the coming school year. Because when the days get hard...and THEY WILL GET HARD...I can look to the Truth He has so graciously revealed to me and be encouraged to "finish the work" that He has called me to. (2 Corinthians 8:11a)
For several weeks, I have been continually drawn to Colossians 3:12-14 which reads,
"As a homeschool mom, it is easy for me to point my gaze towards math facts and spelling lists...to want my children to master all the things that are in my perfectly crafted plan. But, if I fail to show them love...if in my rush to check off my lengthy list of "to dos" I lack compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, all my plate spinning will be in vain.
Pouring my life out daily in love for my husband and children should be the goal. School should never trump that. It should merely be a tool...an expression of love for them through service.
So, this year, I claim love.
I claim Colossians 3:12-14.
I know there will be many days when I will forget...when I will open my mouth and the "teaching of kindness [will not be] on my lips (Proverbs 31:26). In truth, I am a work in progress...a slow sheep.
But, I've written Colossians 3:12-14 in my personal verse pack and have stamped it on my heart. I will set it to memory and trust that God's word will be my constant...my TRUE NORTH...once again.
Lord, help me to extend the grace of Colossians 3:12-14 to my children...even on the hard days. Above all, help me remember to love.
For more thoughts on WHY and HOW to claim a verse for your homeschool year, be sure to check out my verse from last year.