Friday, August 19, 2011

Glad/Sad to See Them Go

For some of us, School Bells sound heavenly. For others, it feels like mourning. I experience this from a homeschool world (where I am the one who "rings the bell") and as a mom of kids in public school.

Both feelings are normal. I actually feel both of the emotions. I enjoy the routine of our schedule - knowing what to expect (for the most part!) for the days. But, at the same time I miss the spontaneity of living with less of a routine.

Whatever we "feel" about the ending of summer, here are some verses that I think are encouraging. These are all about our words.
"An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Prov. 12:25
"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in silver settings. Prov. 25:11 (my bible described apples of gold and silver as wisdom)
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Prov. 15:1
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb; sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Prov. 16:25
And my favorite...."The wise in heart are called discerning and pleasant words promote instruction."Proverbs 16:21 (emphasis mine - we need all the promoting of instruction that we can get! Pleasant words are the way to help that need.)

If you have a verse that encourages you, or maybe one that you would like to pray for your family, please feel free to add to this list in your comments.

Cheering you on moms as you begin another year of loving, raising, driving, helping, washing, cleaning, and encouraging your kiddos! Sounds overwhelming, but these years will come to an end, so let's make it a great one!!

Sharon Autry

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