In prepping for the upcoming school year I have tried to spend some extra time in prayer and Scripture reading. As I got going recently I had my Bible open to Psalm 144. I started reading, not really feeling settled in. Suddenly I realized that this was my chapter.
The words started leaping off the page saying, "Build on this, hold on to it."
We start school tomorrow. We have never taken such a break from school and never had such an official start day as this year. I need something to cling to because I feel the weight of all we need to get done this year bearing down on me. Five kids now officially school age, a newborn needing love and snuggles, and anything else that life feels like throwing at us.
I started to read, "1Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: 2My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me."
Everyday I enter the battle field for my children's minds, for their souls. God's strength sustains me. He teaches me how to master the enemies of laziness, indulgence, and worldliness. I do not face the day alone. And, succeed or fail, He is there again the next day to do it all again.
Through His strong defenses I find the ability to "subdue" my children and help them to thrive, nurtured and protected.
He protects us from the lies and false teaching that have become so prevalent in modern times. He helps me to work so "That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace."
The end result brings happiness, "Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD." What a rich psalm, and though I have never claimed a chapter for a new school year, I don't think it would be a bad habit to start, and I have definitely found the one we will cling to this year. Psalm 144
1Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: 2My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.