Ali and Zach had a great start to their school year this past week. Thursday and Friday went very smooth, as they, and all of us, are adjusting to the new schedule. I’m very thankful it went so well.
Volleyball is in full swing for Ali…her first game is this Tuesday. Soccer is also in full swing for Zach…his first game is next Sunday afternoon. Ali has practice every day after school for three hours, and Zach has practice twice a week. They both love each of their sports…I read something yesterday that Zach wrote…”Soccer is my life.”
Zach begins school and hour earlier than Ali, so I drop him off at his building and make my way towards the Mission. Ali drives herself to school. I’m hoping there will be days they can ride together. Zach also gets out an hour earlier than Ali, so each afternoon, I leave the Mission to go pick him up, and take him back to the Mission with me to finish the day. He isn’t exactly thrilled with that, because he’d rather go home. But for now that’s the schedule.
There will be many days that I leave our home at 7:15am and won’t return till almost twelve hours later. That’s a schedule I’m not used to. I’m used to being home during the day. But God has changed all of that, and I look at it this way…instead of being selfish with my time, I’m now doing what God wants me to do–helping others and giving others hope–which is much more uplifting and rewarding than keeping my time all to myself. Yes, I’m sure there will be days that my schedule will be a struggle. But I must remember I’m being called by God for such a time as this to do His work. I’m considering it a privilege.
Bill’s schedule has also changed, as he is working different hours. He was promoted to a new job in the lab which is what he went to school for, and he seems to really enjoy it. The downside is that we don’t see much of him right now, which has been difficult for all of us. This schedule is better for his health and his sleep, and he seems much happier in his new career. I’m trusting God, as I know He’s got it all worked out. He has us where He wants us, and everything is going to be ok. Now Bill and I have to be creative to spend time with each other since our schedules are so opposite…we’re going to have a coffee date this morning as soon as I’m finished writing. 🙂
I’m very thankful for a great start to this new school year. Balancing it all may become a challenge at times this, but I’m also thankful I don’t have to do it on my own. I’m trusting God and pray daily for his equipping, strength, peace, wisdom and love. As Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I’m claiming that for myself this year. 🙂
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