I have mentioned before that I am a teacher of a very small school. There are only 9 kids — my 4 kids and 5 other kids.
In one sense, it is easier to teach only 9 children. I get to teach many subjects one-on-one. Subjects can be taught quicker. If a child knows the material, I don’t have to wait for all of the kids to get the concept. I can move on.
However, it is harder in the fact that I have 8 different grade levels — kind-of. Some grade levels are combined for certain subjects. I am very eclectic. We use some Bob Jones, A Beka, All About Spelling, Sonlight, Apologia, Saxon, Essentials in Writing, Jump In, and more. I love that I can do that! But it is hard to keep it all straight sometimes.
At the beginning of the year, I was ahead. Now I am just keeping up. And with our current Coronavirus crisis, we are going to have to do some schooling from home. Technically, I could continue school. We have only 10 people — plus a helper every day. But we are definitely staying home next week as a couple of the students live in homes with compromised parents or grandparents. We also want to watch to see if the numbers of affected people rise.
However, I do not want to stop school. I don’t want to go into the summer with school. I am a pastor’s wife. If this settles down, I will run a ladies’ Bible study in the summer; my husband and I will be taking kids to camp; I am the director of our church’s VBS in late July; and school starts again in August that I need to get ready for. I need a few weeks break.
At first, I was only going to get ready one week’s worth of work. We can’t go online. We don’t have those resources (although a few of the classes are already online.) But then I decided to try to do 4 weeks worth of schedules and material so that if it does get much worse, the parents and students have what they need. In our state, the public schools will not be going back to school until at least April 15. If we are able to come back to school earlier than 4 weeks, then I will be ahead, which will be wonderful.
After working all day — and getting some church stuff done as we are going completely online there as well as well as texting parents about which direction we should head for achievement testing and ordering books we will need to finish out the year as our library will no longer transfer books between libraries in our system and taking my oldest to work and making sure the family was fed — I have 6 kids’ schedules done. I still have to do three kids.
Having 6 kids out of 9 kids done sounds good, but I still have to do fill-in-the blank study sheets for 2 science chapters and one big history unit. I don’t see how I will get that done tomorrow as well as verse bookmarks for 4 students for 4 weeks and the quiz sheets for verses done for all 9 students for 4 weeks. Then I have to finish the 3 student’s schedules for 4 weeks (that’s 12 schedules), and at 10:30, a mom is coming in to help me make copies and put the bundles together for each student. Parents are supposed to come pick up everything Friday morning.
At least I don’t have to bundle up my 4 kids’ stuff — even though I have to do their schedules as their subjects overlap some of the other kids’ subjects.
I felt sorry for my kids as stress was definitely getting to me. I was a bit snappy with them. How do you handle stress? I get short with people — especially my family — and I want them to move quickly.
As I was coming home at 11:30 p.m., I was thankful that even though I am stressed, I am not worried. I am not worried that I will get sick or even die. I am not worried about losing money in the stock market. I am not worried that people are acting crazy and buying out the stores.
I am not worried, because I know ultimately God is in control.
Obviously, I still plan. I bought enough eggs and milk and bread before everything went crazy to last me a couple of weeks. We have food. I am trying to make sure my students are set to do school so that we can get our school year done and they know their material. I am not purposefully putting myself in harm’s way.
But if I get sick, God has a purpose for that. If it is my time to go, I know where my final destination is. If I lose all my money, God will provide my needs.
I don’t need to worry. God’s got this!
When we feel tempted to worry, we need to “think on those things.”
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
It helps to meditate on things that are true — on God’s promises. Here are some wonderful truths:
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7
Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:1b-2
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Not only can we meditate on these wonderful promises, but we can take comfort in the fact that God is sovereign. He is in control. This has not taken Him by surprise, and He knows what is best for our lives.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. James 4:13-15
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:9-10
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23
The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: Isaiah 14:24
Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. Psalm 135:6
What do you take comfort in during these stressful times?
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