Friday, August 5, 2011


the school year usually starts for me with a trip to target. full of crayons, markers, binders, too expensive calculators, and backpacks that last half a year. i usually end the trip with a headache and upset child who didn't get all the supplies she just "had" to have. this year school is starting a bit differently. trips to the library. a trip to the county fair. meetings with other moms. and a lot of prayer. a lot.

God had whispered to me earlier in the spring that i was to " protect her soul". i knew what He meant. i knew who He meant. i just choose to ignore it. yet as the school year ended and she continued to come home in tears and asking to not go back to school i needed to stop ignore Him. to say that i haven't wrestled Him over it isn't true. i was so against homeschooling or unschooling . i am married to a public school teacher. i am all about school sports and packing lunches ( okay so not in to packing lunches). i have heard opinion after opinion on the subject. but i really thought God was joking. i was not smart enough, patient enough, organized enough, brave enough. yet as i continued to pray and think about it. He continued to whisper " protect her soul".

see i have realized i am not enough. but He is. He will give me the patience. He will give me the words to say. He will put others in my place to show me the way. He will give me support. He will give me encouragement. He is enough.
so here is to a school year with less target and more of Him.


Katie said...

Sheli you are a great mom and will be a great teacher. I do not have words of wisdom, since I haven't been there. But I will be praying for you as the school year starts that you will not be stressed and the kids enjoy it and learn a lot. You will do great and their souls will be protected.

ESolgos said...

I am so proud of you for obeying God when when the call is difficult. I know you will be great at this and I bet you will even love it. And if you don't love it, I am so here with the back-up margaritas.

Brandy said...

I love you. I will continue to hold all of you in my prayers. I am so excited to hear about the wonderful ways He will work in all of your lives this year!
"May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever." (Hebrews 13:20-21)