This morning, I dropped all three of my babies (don’t tell them I called them that!) off at school…and left. I left their minds and hearts in the care of three amazing teachers, but more importantly, I left their minds and hearts in the hands of Jesus.
We home schooled last year, and at the time it truly was best for our family.
Refocus. Yes. We needed to refocus and slow down, taking in each day, in close stride with one another.
It was good for us. I love home school, and I have deep admiration for home school families. Even more so, I admire families that follow their convictions, and are at peace with the decisions that they make for themselves.
Peace. Being at peace with your decisions, no matter what they are, is so important.
A few months ago, my thought process looked something like this:
“Should we continue homeschooling?”
“I’m overwhelmed. Something has to give.”
“Should we go back to public school?”
“But, what if my home school friends think that I no longer support home school…”
“People might think that I couldn’t handle my kids…”
“What would <insert name> do?”
“Am I a bad mom for feeling like I need to let this go at this season of my life?”
“I feel guilty because I cannot do it ALL.” (seriously, y’all)
Whoa. Friends, that is not what peace looks like. If peace is like a river, my heart and mind were a raging sea.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Ah, yes. Pray. I was so busy thinking and worrying, that I failed to take my worries to Him, who knows no worry. Him, whose peace surpasses my own anxious thoughts. Him, who will fiercely guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, when all I must do is ask.
“The one who trusts in himself is a fool,
but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.” (Proverbs 28:26)
After prayer and open discussion with my gracious husband, we both felt at peace with our decision to make a change for our family. Knowing that last year’s decision was still good and right for us then, we both felt a burden lifted when we were at peace with making changes for THIS season of our lives. So many factors were considered during this ongoing discussion and time of seeking the Lord, but that is beside the point. The factors don’t even matter now, and I write not to defend our family’s choice, but instead to proclaim that walking in peace is better. Better than guilt, worry or fear. I was able to leave this morning, knowing that this was a God-honoring decision for our family.
Peace comes when you rely on God, and relying on God is always better. Peace is better.
“You will keep in perfect peace the mind [that is] dependent [on You], for it is trusting in You.
Trust in the Lord forever, because in Yah, the Lord, is an everlasting rock!” (Isaiah 26:3-4)
What sweet freedom we have when we walk in the grace that is offered. Grace from above has no expectations.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Oh, what we can do for His kingdom when we trust in Him, walking in freedom and peace!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
I don’t know where you are lacking peace in your life, but be encouraged. Freedom = peace, and freedom comes from above, by the grace of God.
Go to your God, lay down your worries, and allow Him to do what only He can do. Breathe in the relief that comes when guilt, expectation and worry are lifted down from your shoulders and replaced with peace that is light as a feather. Give it up, let him calm your raging sea so that you can experience the soothing river of peace. I promise. It is better. 🙂