It’s the eve of my daughter’s sixth birthday. My baby girl. My kindergarten girl. By the time you read this post, she will be six.
We are halfway through her (homeschooled) kindergarten year, and I am grateful and thankful for the years I pray to have that are yet to come- to invest in her and my other children -heart and soul.
I think about how mothering is a whole-hearted endeavor. A commitment to nourish soul, spirit, and body. I settle into homeschool rhythms, and I disrupt those rhythms to minister to children whose needs do not always fit into my carefully orchestrated plan (or not plan- INFP, me).
Deuteronomy 6- such a key chapter for me in purpose and focus regarding our homeschooling journey. I love the long perspective of the journey laid forth here:
(the generational vision)
2 that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. ESV
you, your son, and your son’s son
5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. ESV
I am grateful, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to shape the rhythms and culture of our home and family to reflect the Lord and impart His love and truth. This passage is a familiar one in the homeschooling world- yet, it is personally, to me, such a precious, life-giving truth. With the grace of a journey that is going on fifteen years strong, I take the long view. The threads of grace and love that form from a life that is oriented to truth, love, and goodness through Christ are priceless. The Lord has given me permission- even commanded me- to invest my whole life in this endeavor. It is good.
I want to invest in my children with my whole life and curate a home that ministers. This beautiful ideal is not easy to implement. It is a challenge; it can be a battle; but- this I know, it is worth it!
Deuteronomy 6-8 are some of my favorite passages in all of Scripture. They have ministered to me in all seasons. Seasons of singleness and want. Seasons of mothering and moving. Seasons of plenty and of loss.
Most precious to me, is the Lord’s great love:
6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, 10 and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face. ESV
The Lord loves. How blessed am I, that He does!
Lord, I praise You so deeply that You call Your people Your treasured possession. How unworthy I am of this preferential place in Your heart through Christ! Help me know the full-hearted joy of it! Help me worship You for Your grace and goodness, O God. O, I am grateful that You do not leave us to ourselves- but You are with us. How precious is Your Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord! Amen.