Tuesday's MOPs meeting, when four wonderful educators came to visit our group, blew me out of the water. I mean, at first when I learned we would be hearing from an "education panel" I was cringing on the inside. When it comes to education either you really, really know what you want to do, or you at least really, really know what you don't want to do. But God ... (say it with me now), “But God', our Awesome God, has a way of showing up and revealing things to us we never even expected.
These four amazingly wise, wonderful women were so full of grace and love that they totally blew me away, and God convicted me real fast. It was very apparent that Michelle, Sharon, Suzi and Ali have huge hearts for kiddos and for the Lord.
There was a lot of awesome info about public, charter, private and home schooling. All of it was so good and encouraging to hear. I thank God that we live in a country where we can choose what to do with our littles. Can I get an “Amen!”?
I learned a lot, but these were the main points I kept on hearing over and over and over again...
1) We want our kids to be Christ followers.
Whichever school we choose for our sweet babies, the number one goal is to have them love Jesus.
Train up a child in the way he should go; when he is old he will not depart from this. Proverbs 22.6
2) We want our kids to be lifelong learners.
Let's not just look at kindergarten but toward the future as well. We need a school, and homes, that will foster this. Our children need to be encouraged to ask questions, so that they can discover truths about life.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. Timothy 3.16
3) Pray, pray and pray some more!
It is so hard to wait. But if we don't know what to do, seek Him. Tuesday’s panel showed me how many options I have never even considered before, and it was wonderful. Options mean choices, and choices can be hard. But if you ask, HE will guide you. Our God always shows up for us!
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6
4) God made you their mama for a reason!
This one is my most favorite and all of our panelists seemed to echo this throughout the meeting. You were made to be this child's parent for a reason. He chose you to care for them. Trust that He will guide you and equip you with everything you need to raise a Jesus follower!
To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:14
Even though each year, let alone each day, brings about surprises, it is encouraging to be reminded by some pretty cool Titus 2 women, that He will provide a way! You can make this decision. The Holy Spirit will help you.
And don’t forget to trust that mama gut!