So, we are not going to be able to finish this school year properly. In fact, we are significantly behind, and that really bothers me.
Some of it was unavoidable: we had a bumper garden harvest and illness. However, the girls could have been farther along if I had been a bit more organized. Or maybe not.
In any case, we are now faced with the reality that some things need to change. However, many things need to stay the same. You may be in the same situation as we are, so I’ll share my thoughts.
We must diligently follow our prayerfully laid-out plans while being flexible and open to what God brings into our lives.
We need to continue to work hard during our school time.
I must pick out the most important things to focus on in our schoolwork: Bible. Reading and literature. Writing. Math. Science. History. French. Dutch. Art. Music. Logical thinking. Physical activity. It sounds like a lot, but for each girl I need to focus on and drop different things.
We must accept the fact that we will not finish this school year. That is sad. However, we should not become discouraged but resolve to do our best and just leave the rest. Or, as Tricia Goyer says optimistically, “Just do what you can.”
I must learn to motivate and encourage the girls more effectively.
In our mad rush to keep up we must stop putting academics first and get back to outreach and volunteering and service. After all, the preparation for life is not as important as life itself, and there are people who need us. We have forgotten that recently. It’s counter-intuitive, just like tithing, but God blesses when we obey.
This is March break week. Unfortunately, my children took an unplanned March break when I was away celebrating my parents’ anniversary, and we cannot take another one. But we will plan a few special things: cheer up some old friends, perhaps go to a museum, and probably do a bit of shopping.
We already laugh a lot, but we must learn to celebrate more, connect better, and drown our sorrows and temptations in gratitude. Yes, drown them in gratitude. That’s what I learned from One Thousand Gifts last year: being thankful in all circumstances is God’s solution to so many difficulties, even an impossible-to-complete school year. (Remember, God says the same thing in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Philippians 4:6,7.)
And, finally, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3)
None of this will solve the problem of not finishing up our school year. But I hope it will help us proceed from here and keep us from discouragement.
How is your school year going? Do you need to make adjustments to your plans, priorities, or attitude?