Monday, June 10, 2019

Commencement

What a wonderful weekend we have had!
Paul, my youngest student, has graduated from high school!!
I am so proud of the young man that he is becoming. He is so well-grounded and he has such a heart for others. He is strong and loves his Lord, and that is all that I could hope for. I know that he has a lot to decide, as he looks at the different ways to approach his future, but he is doing the work, and that's what will get him there.

I am in an odd place in my life, since educating my children has been my focus for the last 24 years. I am certainly not going to stop educating, but my own kids are well prepared to tackle whatever academic pursuits that they are called to. I am confident that they are well educated, and that I have done all that I can to give them a solid foundation. It has been a beautiful road and I am so grateful for the honor.
Now I will watch them find their way, and the things that they do will be their own.

What to do now? I pray and I seek.
Yesterday was Pentecost. The Holy Spirit, working and active in the world gives us the gifts and the grace to use them. He is the energy that drives all that is good. I know that there is something that I am meant to be doing in the world, and I know that He will show me. I have the background for teaching and I believe that I have the gift for that, but there is so much more. There is so much that I have been given as a woman, a spouse, and a mother. There is so much that comes from living in this world and learning through it's pitfalls and it's hopes and joys. So much that has made me who I am and given me what I need. I feel the need to organize it and look at it. I want to create a map of my life that I can use to discover the ways that I can use it to work in the world. Or maybe that's just navel-gazing. Maybe the Holy Spirit just wants me to step out and say yes as He leads, without a plan and without too much thought. Maybe thinking too much has slowed me down. Maybe praying needs to take precedence over thinking. Of course it does.

I am so grateful for my family, and I am so happy that I can see the families that they have and the dreams in their hearts coming to fruition.
It is a blest life.

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