Joyfully receiving this month’s Victoria in the mail, I basked in the fact that I was on holiday and had the time to indulge – with tea by my side – reading for enjoyment.
My eyes welled as I read this highlighted passage by Ms. Martin. How she captured perfectly the Biblical principle of the farmer, waiting, and reaping in due season. Faith. Courage in the winter. Hope in the dawning spring.
God is doing a NEW THING!
2011 was a long year with high highs – specifically the delight it has been stepping into Blogworld and meeting all my precious kindred spirits sharing good things and beauty. But, this year was a watershed year of very low lows – namely the seemingly final scene of a season in my career culminating these past five months of a working life filled with stress and fracture. What would the end of it all be?
God’s loving gift to me for 2011. Winter lasted the year long, it seemed. Early in February when He showed me what my year would entail – a test in “graciousness” – I knew storms would be on the horizon with damages forecast. The outcome of such? Humility. And, we must never naysay such a virtue be it come our way. It is much sought after, but the path, there-to, strewn with ruts and rocks.
Fallow ground broken, producing a soil prepared to make way for – the SEED.
The SEED that – via courage – via faith – SPROUTS.
Looking heavenward – and seeing . . . STARS . . . asters . . . comets . . .
CONSTELLATIONS, in fact!
I am inspired.
The first week of November, the Lord brought me to the place of a sprout – after a fierce breaking of soil in my life – grace and humility. It was then, the veil of the ground’s surface was swept away and I beheld – as in a dream – the stars – a CONSTELLATION.
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.
I was not alone, it would seem. Others had been in the place of “fallow ground being broken” and were now sprouting beside me. Networked together by a common root structure, we step into 2012 like a constellation strengthened in spirit, connected by calling, united in vision. Though still in the “tender shoot” stage, we are focused on the exciting call to blossom and reproduce this new year.
Am I talking in riddles? For more on this – you MUST GO to my NEW BLOG (bear with me – it is still largely under construction, but there is enough to start with) – that I am hosting in partnership with five other Godly women, wives, mothers, home schooling families.
ENTER: CONSTELLATION ACADEMY Home School Resources Network – an umbrella name under which each of us gather to make our unique skill set in teaching and learning as home-schoolers available to home school families!
For my “star” part, I will be finishing my consulting job at the school where I currently work in June – and – starting in February, will be taking applications for the 2012-2013 school year, for home school students in Elementary and Middle School Language Arts, Literature, History, and Drama – taught via The Principle Approach – my personal roots in teaching and learning. This is the method of education my children had the privilege of growing through via Principle Approach Christian schools, where I learned the method on staff. I continued to employ its principles when I home-schooled them in middle and high school. Seeing them grown and graduated from college now – and on their own –
I have long desired to continue to invest the riches Principle Approach has been in my family’s life into this next generation of parents, families, and students – especially in the home school venue.
An exciting part of this venture is that – in addition to my ONSITE local classes – by the end of the year, we should be set up to service home school students with ONLINE classes! Truly – reaching and touching the stars for Christ-centered quality home school instruction!
Trusting God as my Provider this 2012, I am joyful to give my Pageant Wagon Productions, LLC business name a face-lift and re-tool – so blessed to know the Lord has been leading in this all along!
. . . PASS IT ON!