Back to school time!

It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here lately as we try to adjust to a new school year, and a new routine of school and extracurricular activities.  My kids are still a part of a wonderful hybrid classical school, where they attend three days a week and are home schooled two days a week.  This year, I joined them in going back to school… as a teacher there one day a week!  I’m greatly enjoying being back in a classroom (I can’t believe it’s been 10 years!) and am so thankful for this opportunity.  We love our school and our teachers, and are so grateful the Lord has allowed us to continue to be a part of the sweet vibrant community there.

As children all over my city have gone back to school, I have spent some time wondering about children around the world who do not have this luxury.  Did you know that…

  • The largest out-of-school population is in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 45.5 million children of primary school age are out of school?
  • Of the 67 million primary-school-age children who do not attend school, 53 percent are girls?
  • The world’s functional illiterates include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them girls?

Did you also know though, that you can make a difference in changing these numbers?  Thanks to the work of Compassion International, children all around the world are being sponsored so that they can afford basic needs and education.  Often times, however, the basic amount of sponsorship costs may not include all of the textbooks needed to help make a huge difference for the child in gaining literacy and, as a result, have a brighter future.

Recently, my family received a picture in the mail that brought us so much joy.  It’s of Princess, one of our sponsored children through Compassion, in her school uniform… with her books beside her.  So much hope.  So much future.  So much God has in store for her. And to think He’s given us the blessing to play a small part in that?  Amazing and humbling.

If you are interested in giving to Compassion’s textbook fund so that more children around the world can stand proudly next to their books, you can go here.

School may be over for many of us “grownups,” but for the rest of our lives, we can always play a part in allowing it to begin for someone else!

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Book Review… Girl Meets Change

Most of us would probably admit we fight change… and I am one of the “most”.  I actually didn’t mind it as much until I felt like I was starting to be hit with it quite frequently. Even our health insurance plan has changed 3 times in the past year!  I mean, come on!  So, as a result, I started to become a bit overwhelmed.  I began asking God to either let me figure things out a little better, or have less to keep learning how to adjust to all the time.  Once I began to figure things out, I wanted to just enjoy them as they were for awhile.  But that’s not often how He works, I’m beginning to realize.

This book, Girl Meets Change, by Kristen Strong, came to me at a perfect time.  In it is the reminder of the incredible grace the Lord brings through change, and the strength He is willing to give us so that we can walk through the change portraying that grace to those around us.  It showed me over and over how the Lord sometimes does His most powerful work through times of transition, when we learn to let go and just follow along where ever He may lead.   I found myself riveted and wanting to read it every chance I got, probably due to all of the encouragement included while focusing on this difficult and often painful topic.

Strong includes three main sections in the book: acknowledge, accept, and adapt.  Within these three sections is a wealth of information and encouragement on how to go about doing these three things in times of transition, so that we can not only survive, but thrive through changes in our lives.  Some of the quotes I just loved were the following:

“When God asks us to give up something, it’s because He wants to give us something better.”

“Bravery is not the absence of fear but following God through the fear as you believe God’s promises.”

“Change brings our expectations to light while simultaneously wiping them away.”

Of course, I continued to be encouraged at the end of the book, as Strong finishes it up with a list of God’s promises we can cling to as we endure times of change.   If you are in any kind of transition season in your life, or want to prepare yourself for when one comes, this book is for you.  It will, as the subtitle states, truly bring truth to your heart and mind that will carry you through life’s transitions.

I received this book free from the Revell books blogger review program and am not authorized to write a positive review.  More information on this program can be found here.

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Welcome to my new site!

Yes, it was time for a blog makeover!  I’m excited to have this new site up and running, thanks to ever so talented Jenn Jordan.  May it bring hope to many more readers who may happen to stumble upon it in the future. We’ve had a long but good summer, and I have been much quieter than I planned to be.  But I’m slowly learning that even when thoughts are overflowing in your brain, it’s not … {…Read More}