A Year of Adventure
"... great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.'" Lamentations 3:23b-24 (NIV)
A few months ago my youngest daughter presented me and my husband with a proposal. An iMovie proposal. Complete with dramatic scenes and credits that rolled at the end.
The message of the iMovie? A request...
"Please homeschool me."
Oh my heavenly days, no.
I'm not a teacher. I'm not patient. I'm not even nice some days.
I tried homeschooling this darling in kindergarten and honestly thought I was going to lose my mind. I would watch other moms do this thing right. They were organized and scheduled and undistracted.
Me? I looked like a dog's tongue when he's got his head stuck out the window of a truck going 70 miles per hour. Messy. Flapping about. Not pretty to look at.
Can you imagine the conversations she will have about me with her therapist one day? No, let's not add homeschooling to the list of things Mom didn't do well.
But then I got to thinking. What if I took a year of adventure with this beautiful young woman? What if I hit the pause button on all things typical and just took a year to do things differently? With her. For her. Could I do that?
Okay, God if You want me to take a year of adventure with Brooke, I will wait for You to show me. I need You to help fill in the gaps where I'm weak.
Then I met a math teacher who got excited about teaching my daughter a couple times a week.
And a fabulous reading and writing tutor just happened to have a few days a week to do the same.
My friend Kristi asked if Brooke could be in her small group Bible study this year.
Another friend asked if Brooke wanted to take cheerleading classes at her gym.
And I'd already been planning an educational trip to Sea World.
So, the year of adventure started unfolding in front of me and I held tightly to these promises: "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him'" (Lamentations 3:21-24 NIV).
I had no idea how this year would turn out. I thought I might royally mess up my child's education.
But it has turned out to be a year we will never forget. While we are still living out the adventure, it has been a wonderful experience. One where we are growing, being stretched, and learning. Together.
One where we've seen God's great love lower stress when stress can run high. A year I have had to depend on His compassion... to receive for myself and to give to my daughter. Every new day, Brooke and I walk this adventure out, led by God who continues to fill in the gaps creatively.
You too can have a year of adventure with your children. Maybe it's the year of them learning 12 Bible verses, one per month. Or maybe it could be the year of everybody making their bed at least 3-4 times per week. Or maybe it's the year of letter-writing, where you have them write one letter per week to brighten someone's day.
One leap of faith. One year. God's compassion is there. The adventure is waiting. No pressure. Just intentional learning and fun.
Dear Lord, equip me with the things I need for my year of adventure. Give me Your strength to help me step out of my comfort zone. Please use this as an opportunity for me to grow closer to my children and closer to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Reflect and Respond:
What kind of adventurous thing could you do with your kids this year?
Pick something small. One thing. It doesn't have to be anything complicated, but should be something that will be a stretching experience for everyone.
1 Corinthians 1:7-9, "God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that." (MSG)
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