What are you thankful for?
Her answers are simple, story and they come quickly:
- My mommy and daddy
- My sissy
- My mice
- The cats
- My favorite toy
Mine are sometimes harder to come by. While I can respond quickly that I’m thankful for my family, healing our home, and friends, I sometimes have trouble remembering other blessings when the bills are piling up, the weight of diagnoses and medical issues is pressing down, and I’m stressed about what tomorrow holds. I have even doubted the wisdom of homeschooling when well-meaning people criticize our choices and tell me how much easier our lives would be if I went back to work and put the girls in public school.
But instead of seeing it as a burden, homeschooling is rising higher on my list of blessings. We began homeschooling for certain reasons, but God has revealed new reasons each year that confirm the rightness of His leading us to homeschool. I’m thankful that, for once, we obeyed the first time He called us. With my younger daughter’s medical conditions, learning disabilities, and other issues that have recently come to our attention, in addition to her personality and temperament, I see that other educational choices would not serve her as well. The individualized lesson plans, one-on-one instruction, and schedule flexibility are exactly what she needs.
I realize that this path is not for everyone, but it is the path we have been called to. It has become a way of life for our family, and I am thankful for it.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV1984)
In this season of Thanksgiving, what blessings are at the top of your gratitude list?
This Wednesday’s Special Needs Support was written by Special Needs writer, Jennifer