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A dose of encouragement as the learning year draws to a close.

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“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31

Dear parent-educators,

It’s already June, and we’re just a few days away from June 15, the deadline date, for submitting our status reports and the completion reports. You may be feeling tired after a challenging year of learning as a family. The reality of the burden of being a parent and educator may be weighing heavily on your shoulders right now. You feel at your wits’ end with unfulfilled goals, shortfalls in the expectations you had for yourself or your children, and even the idea of a summer with them at home.

May this extraordinary promise from the Lord our God in Isaiah 40 : 29-31 renew your physical, mental and spiritual strength. The Lord promises to give strength and multiply the resources of his children who are tired and at the end of their tether. This promise was originally addressed to the children of Israel to encourage them to rely on the Lord. They were in exile in Babylon, in a culture hostile to their values and beliefs, with a mission to multiply, raise their children and seek the good of the city to which God had taken them captive (Jeremiah 29 : 9-10).

Faced with this impossible mission, the Lord encouraged them! This promise also encourages us today in Christ, by affirming that He knew the plans and projects He had planned for them. These are plans of peace, not of disaster, to give them a future filled and hope (Jeremiah 29 : 11). In Christ, God promises to make all things – the difficulties and joys of homeschooling – work for our good (Romans 8 : 28). With summer just around the corner, may the Lord renew our strength with the joy of BBQs or family vacations. May our couples soar like eagles during this new season. May we run without exhausting ourselves at soccer practices or park activities with other families. May we walk wisely this season without tiring so that we can continue to know Jesus and make him known in all we do.

Have a great summer!

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