A hot breakfast is always on the morning agenda for the beginning of a new year. It just feels special and helps entice sleepy summer habits to fade away. The kids all came down a bit slower than usual and I could tell they were out of the habit of rising with the sun. By the time they finished breakfast, they were chattering and there was a sweet excitement about the day. Off they went to prepare their rooms and themselves for the first day.
A new school year… it’s kind of a big deal around here. I had intended on going to bed early so I could rise well rested and circumstances had me tossing and turning most of the night. Nevertheless, I rolled my tired body out of bed and padded toward the kitchen. It’s a blessing to be able to get up early and pray over these little ones and for the mama who begs for patience and gentleness as we tackle the day.
I brew my coffee and sit in my corner to read the Word and consider what it says. A Psalm and Proverb is usually what I start my day with. Sometimes, I read and it feels like a flood. Other times, I’m fighting distraction and begging for a drop. Today, it was somewhere in the middle. Regardless of the outpouring, I will be back to mine the Scriptures tomorrow because I believe that the Lord will give me what I need at precisely the right time. My job is to come with nothing and beg for everything- over and over again.
We don’t do anything to out of the ordinary for the first day. I set out their new books and supplies and they dig through them and talk about how nice it is to have fresh, sharp crayons and pencils to use. I tell them to take care of them and to not tear the paper off of the crayons.
Finally, we settle into school and muddle through the first day… taking a big breath once it’s over and hoping the second day feels a bit less disheveled. Next year, it will be much of the same thing. We will celebrate a new school year, but these babies will be bigger and will have changed so much. I will start my day with coffee and the Word in the corner of my sofa and pray over a new year and over these same hearts.