I love fall. I love the cool mornings and warm afternoons, the dry weather, and beautiful displays in nature. I also love winter, spring, and summer - all for other reasons. There are parts of each season that aren't so pleasant; raking leaves, shoveling snow, sub zero temps, and hot and humid days. Yet I still look forward to each new season.
Life has seasons too, though the changing of the seasons is often hard.
Over the last three years I have had the newlywed season, the rebellious teen season, and now I'm in the new baby season. Each season has seen it's share of tears and heartache. Major changes in life are hard. However, it's the hard times that make us grow.
This week I'm thankful for the changing of the seasons. I'm thankful for our loving Father who uses these seasons to teach us, mold us, and conform us to the image of His Son. I'm thankful for the grace that He gives to sustain us during these times of change, and that we can know that He will bring forth new life after the "winter."
2 Corinthians 5:17
17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
We decided shortly after we found out I was pregnant that we would home school Jojo. Homeschooling really begins at birth, whether we are intentional about it or not.
I've been trying to keep that in mind as I work towards getting Jojo into a daily routine. One of the things we have started already is daily Bible reading. Every morning after breakfast I read the Scriptures to him, hoping to develop a lifelong habit of starting the day in God's Word.
Last June Ali at an ordinary mom challenged her readers to read a chapter of Proverbs a day for one month. Since there are 31 chapters in Proverbs and 31 days in October, that's what we will be reading this month.
Last week I wrote about keeping control of our thought life. With that in mind, it seems very fitting to begin a month of filling our hearts and minds with the wisdom of Proverbs.