I know you have heard me talking about The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit that is taking place today and tomorrow in Norman, Oklahoma, and ONE WEEK from today in San Marcos, Texas.
I have been praying, and dreaming, and planning, and thinking, and anticipating this event for exactly one year now. I cannot wait to see all of the beautiful moms there a week from today. I cannot wait to worship with those sweet, decided yet somehow discouraged hearts. I cannot wait to share (with the utmost humility and thankfulness) a message that God has written directly upon my heart as if He had His own pen and my heart were a piece of His scratch paper. Seriously. I weep, only for a tiny second here, because as I reflect on how God has shaped, transformed, and molded me over the years, He’s also given me a message of hope, endurance, grace, and encouragement for the weary sojourner. Weary, just like me. Like I was. Like I still am sometimes.
You know I am still in the trenches with you. I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel for my oldest, and now, holding on, clinging on desperately, grasping and enjoying and savoring each moment because NOW – now I know – how quickly the time flies-passes-time warps away from me. A grown man he will be very shortly, not needing me except to encourage him here and there, and always always always to offer him a piping hot plate of his favorite food.
And the babe, not yet two, oh, Bossy Baby, he is. He has my heart so wrapped around his little finger that I can still hardly bear to let him cry a single peep as I sleepily stagger up the stairs a couple times a week at 4 AM to lift him, bring him close to my chest, wrap him around my heart once more, and cuddle him back to sleep nestled against me. Because I know – time-warp-know – that the days fly by.
And all the rowdy boys in between. Yes, still in the trenches with you, dear friend.
It is my honor to be one of the speakers at the summit this year. It’s funny looking back how I thought I was going to be all Erik Wahl and just blow your socks right off with some crazy and different things to illustrate my point. And God reminded me this was to be more like a living room deep-heart-connection than a wow presentation. So then I aspired to be all cool and seamless like the one and only Jon Acuff. But, hey, I’m no Jon Acuff. In fact, I’m not really funny or all that witty at all, which is one of the reasons Mr. Acuff is so stinking cool.
And a message of hope, a message of endurance, a message of “don’t quit, just keep running because this is the only race worth fighting for” will be shared with the hearts who will listen next Saturday. And I will weep more than a tear if the Lord allows me to be used to change, encourage, and speak life into just one weary sojourner’s heart.
Because this IS the toughest, most rewarding thing a person can ever aspire to do – raising children to love the Lord with all their hearts. And it’s done….one. step. at a time.
One foot in front of the other, right?
Just keep running. Breathe. Rest. Just keep running.
As unto Him, and for His glory.
So, are you coming? Do I get to meet you there?
It’s for sure to be the single most encouraging event in your homeschool walk each year. Filled with wonderful, encouraging speakers, your heart will leave lighter, motivated, emboldened, and courageous. You may even come home with new ideas for bringing your family together at the dinner table every night (I get to talk about that, too – woo hoo!)
Please join me, Connie from Smockity Frocks, Lisa from The Pennington Point, and many other veteran moms as we endeavor to bless your socks right off with amazing worship, encouraging words, door prizes, yummy food, and more!
Get registered for the Texas event here! And as always, don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions or need any assistance at all.