A Reminder for Moms as School Begins

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This post was originally published on August 22, 2010.

Photo Source: D Sharon Pruitt

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

As a new school year begins, we moms would do well to remember that there is a time and a place for everything. There may be some family practices, hobbies, and ways of doing things that need to be reworked or reprioritized as we get into new routines, new classes, new seasons of growth in our children’s lives.

This past week I became profoundly aware what a busy time the school year is for me. Not sure how I forgot that over summer vacation. I must have blocked it out.

How will I do it all?

I probably won’t. School is near the top of my list of priorities. And yet, laundry and dishes are still there. The pantry is quickly depleted and needs replenishing. Bills need to be paid, and the cars need to be washed. I won’t be able to do everything that I want to do, or even the things that I think I need to do.

Even though most of us aren’t “in school,” the return to school routine for our children has a definite impact on how we spend our days. And not every day will go according to plan.

We each will encounter challenges this year that we hadn’t anticipated. A certain subject may be particularly difficult for one of our children. There may be conflicts with teachers or friends or us. Illness may knock on our door more often than normal.

The school year is a fresh page in a book right now, but it will be full of scribbles, rumples, and erasures over the coming months.

No surprise for Him.

But, God is not surprised by any of these things. And He has a plan.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3

I want to be flexible to God’s plan this year. Not insistent on my own. Open to what He has to teach me — and my children.

I trust that as I commit my “plans” to Him, they will succeed — or He will give me new plans, His plans, instead.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this most simple, yet so important lesson. I know my husband and I get bogged down in discussions about what and how much we need to teach. We are also dealing with a child who is starting Kindergarten, but is not ready. We will be doing an evaluation with our doctor this fall. It is so scary looking out into the future and wondering what we will do tommorow, next year or a few years from now. Thanks for reminding me that God knows and he has it all taken care of.

  2. Thank you for the reminder. I want to give it ALL over to him, but I find I have to constantly remind myself to do it. Proverbs 16:3 sounds like a great addition to my fridge for the start of homeschooling this year!

  3. Thank you so much for that reminder and realistic encouragement! This will be our 16th year homeschooling(!), and yet I still approach the school year with fear and trepidation, mostly because I dislike letting go of “my plans” and allowing God to teach me as He implements His plans. Experience has shown me that what gets done is what needs to get done.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I am especially happy to be reminded that for God, there are no surprises!!! He knows the future and is right there waiting for us!! Thank you for your ever encouraging spirit for us as we make this journey through motherhood, and life! 🙂

    Proverbs 3: 5+6

  5. I really appreciated reading this post just now. I have one 6-month-old baby, so it’s not the start of the school year for us, but he did just come down with a cold, get shots, and work on cutting his two top teeth all within a two-day period. I was up half the night with him, and he finally fell asleep at 1:00 p.m. after taking only a 30-minute nap this morning. Needless to say, my elaborate plans for the week were a little derailed. The Lord knows best.

  6. I LOVE your blog. I love all the great things I learn as well as refreshing reminders like this.

  7. Always a great message! Thanks for that….

    (as I sit here looking at my calendar actually plugging in dates for haircuts and school uniform shopping)