Touching the Stars in 2012!

“Underneath the drifts, seeds are waiting.  Their courage is incomparable, their patience unequaled.  Hunkered down and hopeful, they sit out the frozen tundra, knowing and trusting that spring eventually will arrive.  If ever you feel unsteady in the face of life’s winters, consider seeds and their faith.”
Tovah Martin, Writer-in-Residence
Victoria – Return to Bliss Magazine
January/February 2012

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?

GRACE & HUMILITY

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.

“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Matthew 13:23

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.

 When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,
         We were like those who dream.
  Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
         And our tongue with singing.
         
Then they said among the nations,
         “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.
Psalm 126- NKJV

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!

Do CLICK HERE and visit!  Read through our opening post – by Beth of “As Natural As We Breathe”.  Check out our list of up and coming services!

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!

May the Lord bless you and keep you in joy unspeakable and full of His Grace and Glory this 2012!
Sharing 2012 Stars with:
Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays
 

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. Happy New Year. I hope yours is full of joy, peace, love and creativity!

  2. Gorgeous. Came to wish you a happy new year. Drop by to see my PINK when you get a chance. Thanks!

  3. Beautiful post Kathryn. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed New Year.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

  4. How very exciting! I taught at a Christian school for several years and was very blessed. I pray that…as was once prayed over us prophetically…that God will plant you and bring you to a place where the gifts and calling He has placed in you can fully come to fruition for the blessing of many. God bless you and Happy New Year with our Best Friend who sticks closer than a brother!
    Ruth

  5. Hi Kathy!
    Sorry I haven’t been around so much these few months. I agree, 2011 was a tough year and I’m not so sorry to see it go. Looking ahead to 2012 and praying for a better start for all of us.

    Good luck and God Bless as you go forward, following the lead of the Spirit.

    Jill

  6. I am incredibly excited about this new venture, Kathy! It just has *GOD* written all over it. I pray that your exit from the “secular” world of education will be graceful – that you won’t have to suffer through any difficulties.

    Praying that God will pave the way that He has opened – and that the Star of Bethlehem will shine brightly in this new constellation of promise!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear friend.

    Looking forward to sharing our friendship and faith journeys in 2012.

    GOD BLESS!

  7. Happy New Year, Miss Kathy! SO happy to see you are shooting for the stars in your new venture. May 2012 be filled with many blessings!

  8. Happy New Year dearest Miss Kathy. Oh yes, our God is an AWESOME God! A new journey await you and I will be waiting to hear all about it.
    Much love sweet one,
    Lady Linda

  9. A beautiful post…you’ve pulled so many images together to create the plan and picture for 2012 and beyond. I will settle in today with my copy of Victoria and take time to enjoy it. The quotation is so perfect for focusing on the promise of this new year. I look forward to our Circle Journal project with Beverly and our Pink Saturday friends.

  10. Congratulations on your new venture, Kathy! How wonderful for you! Best wishes and Happy New Year!
    Cindy

  11. I think we appreciate the blessing of direction after we struggle with the hard, painful and stagnant wanderings we experience.

    My mother was rejoicing in her Victoria for the holidays, too!

  12. Hello Kathy, It is nice to meet you. I admire your chosen subject for the journal project. I am looking forward to this very much.

    Best wishes for your new venture, happy New Year and blessings to you and yours in 2012.
    Jeanne.

  13. Congradulations I went there and joined just to be following. I think it’s such a wonderful thing. I haven’t yet had a change to sit with Tea and read the new Victoria, I have been sick with Pneumonia and stomach problems and stuck at Mom’s but will be going home to day and will find myself indulged with my favorite magazine…I hope your new venture is a great blessing for you and the New Year continues well. with Love Janice

  14. I have to tell you that I prayed this morning for encouragement and a reason to look “up and out” for something DIFFERENT in 2012. As I read this, I started to get a little bubbly feeling in my chest. I recognize that feeling. It’s hope. I am clicking to the new blog now to see more about it. I’m so proud of you for listening to the leading and having the courage and faith to take it from dream to reality.

  15. I just typed a long comment only to have the whirly swirly circlet whoosh it away to Never Never Land.

    Rather than say all that I said and risk losing another long one, I’ll just cut to the chase.

    Wooohoooooo!!!

    This is encouraging and inspiring. I’m clicking to the other blog now.

  16. Beautiful post, Miss Kathy. I’m glad you shared it with us. I know what you mean about Victoria magazine. I think I have just about every copy that was published. Other magazines I throw away. Not Victoria.
    Blessings for a wonderful new year.
    Charlotte

  17. I love the blog and also love reading when I
    have a chance to. Thanks for comment and
    visiting my pink post. Hope you have aBlessed
    new year. Love Carol

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