Welcome to Day 1 of my Back-to-School organizing series. But I’ll be honest, this is more than just an organizing series. If you read my Encouragement for Today devotion, you’ll know my heart goes out to all moms who are shedding a tear or two at the start of a new school year. Whether your children are starting kindergarten or college. Whether your home school or send your children to public school. Or whether they attend a Christian or charter school, many moms face painful emotions this time of year. Our children are growing up, and while there is SO MUCH to be thankful for, it’s still hard to have them need us less than before.
Every day my children are growing and changing. Our relationships are changing. And, if I’m doing my job right, my children are growing more independent of me – and I should be growing more independent of them. But this doesn’t always feel great to me. In fact, if the complete truth were known (which it is right now), I kind of like them dependent on me. Can anyone relate?
For each of my biological children (we have two wonderful adopted children), there were nine months when it was just the two of us. I was everything to them. And every year since then, they have needed me just a bit less. Now – let me be clear. I do not want to return to the sleepless nights and diaper changing seasons. While I loved those years, I don’t miss parts of them. But I do miss being able to quiet their crying with just a hug. Or having them come running to me with arms upraised. I’ll have to wait for grandchildren to relive the best of those days.
And really, some days I just get sick and tired of all the changing going on. But when I feel shaky and need some stability, there is one place I know to go. And that is directly to my heavenly Father. He never changes.
His character is unchangeable … he is always good, always wise, always truthful. He never deceives, never betrays.
His faithfulness is unchangeable … what He says, He will do.
His love for me is unchangeable … I can’t make Him love me less … or more. And he never tires of my need for Him.
And I’m so glad He wants to be closer to me. I don’t want to wait until my children are older to begin developing this relationship that will last forever. I hope you don’t either. So when you feel a bit weepy, pick up your Bible. Even if it’s just for five minutes, spend some time with God and His Word. It doesn’t matter where you pick to read, God will meet you there. After you’ve read the Bible for a bit, spend some time talking to God like He’s sitting right next to you, and let Him know how you feel. I’m confident you will experience God’s peace and comfort. And it will only get better the more you spend time with Him.
Here’s what God has to say:
Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
Malachi 3:6, ““I the Lord do not change.”
Deuteronomy 7:7-9, “The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God,keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
Finally, I’ll share an organizing tip. It’s important to have a place for all the paper parents and children need to keep throughout the school year. Throughout the years, these papers have included letters from the teacher, class lists, syllabus’, and book lists, to name a few. Band, choir and sports bring more papers we need to keep. What to do with all this paper?
For the 15 years I’ve had children in school, I’ve used the same simple affordable system, and it works great. It’s so low tech I’m almost embarrassed to mention it. But here goes. Each child has a pocket folder with their name on the front written in a Sharpie marker. I’ve also had folders for Girls Scouts and Pop Warner Football. These folders have fit nicely in a kitchen drawer for years. And I can’t tell you how often I refer to these folders throughout the school year.
If you don’t like my cheap and boring idea, you might consider a decorative accordion file or a desktop file. The keys to organizing these papers is to keep them handy.
That’s it for today. I hope you’ll check back in tomorrow for more encouragement and tips. On Friday, my super-organized friend Karen Ehman will be posting. We’ve got some give-aways planned too! If you’d like to subscribe to my blog to get my posts for the next few weeks, please enter your email address in the box on the right.
Thanks so much for joining me today.
In His love,