We’re turning the corner from summer into autumn here. The weather is delightfully crisp! Leaves have taken on rich hues that beckon us out of doors. We’re tucking gardens away, enjoying spiced tea, and gearing up for our annual leaf collection walk! Autumn days bring such delights!
The view toward the mountains out my window is steadfast and reassuring, even though the features – the shape and color – within my view change. The same mountains, the same trees, our little kitchen gardens and flower gardens – all give way to the changing seasons. Yet within their unique seasonal features, there is immense beauty – joy emerging in spring; abundance in summer; richness in autumn; and the bright, sleepy hope of what will be in winter. Beauty in every season.
As a wife, mother, and homeschooler I’ve been through my share of seasonal changes. Some years bring seasons that have been overwhelming, other seasons were painful and full of pruning, and there have been seasons full of great joy. Homeschooling through these seasons can be daunting, especially if we don’t gently adjust our homeschool plans with due consideration for the season God has gifted us. Because, while these seasons may seem to be an interruption of our normal life, and we may angst and seek to get back to whatever we consider “normal,” I suggest that there is far more value in the season God has gifted us in the supernatural sense than any spelling lesson, math quiz, or syllabus checklist we may have to let go. These seasons, many of which are painful and full of God’s tender pruning in our lives, bring growth in virtue and allow our children the opportunity to walk with us as we carry the cross. Seasons build saints.
Note that attached to the TAN article is a free printable to help you put one foot in front of the other, and take a small step forward as you Consider Your Season