I take great care in planning our homeschool. However, my careful preparation to schedule our school work so that not one part of the year would flip-flop us face down failed. We were having those knock-down, drag out, mind-bending, head-twirling, stop-the-world I need my Jesus” kind of stress filled days.
In order to spread out the work, especially when extra curriculuars become demanding, we school year around. This also gives us the ability to take off for Sabbath Weeks (1 week of “rest” every 6-8 weeks).
As I helped my 12th grader settled into his routine and my 10th grader get dual enrolled and start drivers ed, I also had to accommodate my 7th grader who was now in a brick and mortar school PLUS continue to change things up in a fun way for my 1st grader.
My thinking was that since we had spread out our year over 12 months instead of the traditional 9, this should be a snap!
We were seriously thrown off-kilter and it took us a while to regain our composure.
With the aid of reflecting on these scriptures to help combat stress, we regained our footing.
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.
Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
When your homeschooling goes haywire and stress begins to build, your best bet for sanity is to stop, drop and meditate on God’s Word!