Oops. Last week I forgot to mention that I am returning to a Monday through Friday schedule for Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers. A Monday through Friday schedule had been my pattern since 2013. I switched to seven days a week after the service that sent the posts out by email started to have trouble getting back on track on Mondays after not sending them out on weekends. As you read in my email early last week, we have switched companies and are hoping that the issue is resolved. Therefore, as of yesterday, I have returned to a five-day-a-week schedule.
After the months of heavy pressure to complete America the Beautiful, I am looking forward to a more relaxed schedule on weekends.
In Mark 6, Jesus sent His apostles on a mission. When they returned, they gave Him a report of what they had done and what they had taught. With kindness and thoughtfulness, Jesus encouraged them to come away by themselves and rest a little while.
Ah . . . doesn’t that sound nice? I don’t know about you, but rest is not my strong suit. It seems that I can always think of something else to do. However, I am convinced that rest is one of God’s precious gifts. Rest is an act of faith and trust. Rest says, “Father, You don’t need me to accomplish something every hour of every day.”
At the end of this school year, after all you have “done and taught,” let’s make a deal. You go rest a little while and I’ll go rest a little while. We know that God will keep on turning the world without our help.
The apostles gathered together with Jesus;
and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught.
And He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while.”
(For there were many people coming and going,
and they did not even have time to eat.)
And they went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.