Friday, April 25, 2014

on finishing well

Are we supposed to wear t-shirts and jeans tomorrow or our uniforms?  If it's a t-shirt day, is it only the third grade for the field trip or is it the whole school?  Do we pack a sack lunch with our name on it or a regular lunch or do we not pack a lunch because there is going to be food at the program?  Is running club cancelled and what time is the baseball game?  Is the poster due on Monday or do we just bring it on Thursday and what time is the orthodontist appointment?  Third grade presentations are at 10:30, preschool pick up is at 11:30, running club t-shirts for 1st grade but not 3rd grade (pack those in your backpack), and preschool patio play is Friday after Chapel and the all-school party.  Then dodgeball.  And don't forget field day t-shirt money is due today.  

I get it, mommas-of-children-at-the-end-of-the-school-year. 

It's hard to finish well.

our precious first grade teacher- love her!
It's tempting to complain (I'm tempted!), but in reality, skewed perspective is all it is.

Anna Grace nailed her oral report!

We live these full, rich, beautiful lives full of learning and activity and children who are healthy and well.  Ingratitude would have us whine about the flurry of activity, but our hearts can turn from that as we offer up a "thank you, Lord" for all the ways in which He blesses us.  

3rd grade program "Taste of Louisiana"

What if we pack the wrong lunch or forget to pack one altogether?  Our kids will certainly not go hungry although many kids all over the world do.  Maybe they'll think of that or maybe they'll benefit from a friend's kindness and pay it forward.

my funny bunny

And what if they wear the wrong thing to school?  Maybe our children will learn a little about what it feels like to feel out of place and different and they'll gain compassion for others when it happens to them.

Zeke is loving baseball and it's fun to watch

And what if we miss the race on Thursday because we got the time wrong?  Maybe our kids will learn grace and forgiveness for their parents who aren't perfect.

SO cute on Easter

 And what if there is a stain on their Sunday jacket and their tie doesn't sit just right?  Maybe it will help us all to remember that although we try, not one of us has it all together and that the important things aren't the outward appearance, but the heart.

Anna Grace's painting in the style of Clementine Hunter
Mommas-of-children-at-the-end-of-the-school-year, I know there is a whole lot to coordinate and remember, but we will do well to remained focus on the words of Jesus when he tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or what we will wear.  But instead we are to "...seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own."  (Matthew 6:33-34)

before we lost our front tooth of course

A group of mommas-of-children-at-the-end-of-the-school-year and I have been praying that we would finish well.  And then I ran across this verse in Luke that I wanted to pray for my children, but after further reflection, it fits us mommas pretty well, too.  At the end of the parable of the sower in which Jesus talks about seed sown on all types of soil, he says, "But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." (Luke 8:15)

egg hunt in Texas

I pray that my children would have fertile hearts, noble and good hearts. That they would hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

May we, as mothers torn in all kinds of directions, also have noble and good hearts.  May we persevere through this fast-paced end of the year season and may we produce a good crop, forever glorifying our Father.  May we finish well.

Amen and amen.

Onward!  

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