Around nine weeks worth of school work marks a quarter of our year completed. There are a number of things to be grateful for. Here are some:
- homeschool resources appropriate for a mom of five who can hardly homeschool from scratch and who needs ready creative ideas
- wisdom to learn from errors and to discern what is important at whatever stage of homeschooling we are in (or an individual child is in)
- grace and strength where there is weariness and challenges
- the fruits of learning, character development, and discipline in the children
- fingerprints of confirmation along the way to ensure steadfastness to the call to homeschool
Yes, like the pilgrims after their first successful harvest in the unexplored New World, we step back, give thanks and celebrate!
It was also about this time 4 years ago that we relocated to the Philippines after exactly 9 years abroad. Although it has not been an easy re-settlement, there are blessings to count. To date, there is no permanent source of livelihood established for the family but the Lord has foreseen this and has provided amply through our unplanned house buying and selling in Canada. I thank the Lord that my husband has finally decided to continue his seminary studies that he began in Regent (Vancouver) when we first migrated. We’re excited to see where that will bring him. Meantime, it is a joy to hear him say, “I didn’t know what I was missing all this time.”
We thank our Healer for allowing our bodies to adjust to our new environment. Allergies and asthma are new conditions that developed in some of the children after the move. When we think of our Squanto in the form of our paediatrician (who happens to specialise in allergies and pulmonary diseases), we cannot help but praise the Lord for His hand of providence. Waiting outside our doctor’s clinic for 4-5 hours every visit is a small price to pay for his expertise and sincere healthcare service (always taking the conservative side when prescribing medicines).
The community of hearts and hands that makes being part of God’s church a reality is another gift. Thus, our thanksgiving and celebration is in the midst of this bigger family who share the same vision of spiritual transformation and discipleship according to God’s word.
And so it is with overflowing gratefulness that we offer to the Lord a sacrifice of praise just as the early Israelites after their escape from Egypt. As they set apart days unto the Lord, no work was done. Instead, they celebrated feasts of thanksgiving and remembrance. Thanksgiving for sustaining them in the wilderness and remembrance of the covenant with what came to be the Jewish nation. He was their God, and they, His people.
Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2: 11-13)
Yes, our redemption in Christ. The promise and hope we are to be most thankful for!