In our culture, this season is often filled with thoughts of thanksgiving while at the same time battling the ideas of consumerism and wrapping our lives around all of the holidays and traditions. We have to be mindful of this and choose to seek that which the Lord would have us consider. I have taken time over this past weekend to think over this year of school and reflect on the many ways that God has led us. He has been really faithful to teach us his character. He has helped up to teach your child(ren). I am beyond thankful every day for the incredible gift of teaching this next generation. I am thankful for the challenge to do so in a way that reflects the truths that we find in God's word.
I am thankful for the way that God has entrusted the Academy with this work. It is good and we are thankful. As I sat today and sifted through pictures from this past week of school, they brought so many smiles to my face. I thought about each child and the blessing that they are to my life and the way that God is already using them to display his character and respond in obedience as they learn. As you take this week with your children at home, away from school, I pray that you would have time to rest and enjoy one another just as we learn from Law #4: "Rest on the Sabbath and take time to enjoy your family and friends." I pray that your homes and your children, who have been learning valuable lessons every day, would be filled with thankfulness to the Lord. May you see them put those lessons into practice and also have the opportunity to learn so much from family and friends this weekend as well.
May this verse from Philippians 4:4-7 also encourage you:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.