Fresh Starts: A New Year’s Blog Post

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As we enter into the new year, I am thinking about fresh starts. For example, I love that I can start a new calendar, set and reach a new set of goals, begin a new journal, work on new habits in health and exercise, read some new books, or explore a new hobby. Fresh starts are like clean slates … and most people like fresh starts … they find it … well … refreshing!

I wonder if you have thought about fresh starts as it relates to your homeschooling adventure? For example:

  1. Does your child need a “fresh start” in some area of discipline or conflict?
  2. Does your child need a clean slate? For example, does he or she need forgiveness in an area of failure?
  3. Do you and your child need a new set of routines to freshen up the day and rekindle interest in studies?
  4. Do you need some new curriculum, some new and interesting books, some new field trips, some new friends with whom to study?
  5. Do you need to pursue a new friendship with another homeschooling parent so that you might reinvigorate your approaches to homeschooling and glean ideas from one another?
  6. Do you need a fresh start with your relationship with the Lord? Have you neglected quiet time with Him, Bible Study, church fellowship, or prayer?
  7. Do you need a refreshed perspective about what it means to integrate the Scriptures and bring a bibliocentric worldview into your homeschool teaching?

Fresh starts and clean slates are all about new beginnings. Reflecting back, you realize . . . “oh, I could have done that better . . . now I will.” You take action and you instigate movement into a more positive, constructive future.

Jesus did that for us. II Corinthians 5:17 tells us “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Now, that is amazing. Your sins are forgiven. You have the Spirit in you. You experience the newness of life in the Spirit as He releases you to be who you were made to be, enabling you to be a better parent, teacher, and role model to those with whom you have been entrusted.

As you pray, ask the Lord to enliven your thoughts by His Spirit and to show you the places that need fresh starts.

Lord Jesus, strip away all that keeps me from You. Cleanse me from my sin, Lord, and give me more of You, that I might dwell in Your Presence and emulate Your love, walking in newness, fresh starts, reconciliation, love of God, love of neighbor, love of family. Help me be a giver of life to others, not a grudgeholder, punisher, or a “get even” sort of person. Let me just let go and be renewed in your love and offer fresh starts in all my relationships as well as in my teaching. Thank you, Lord, for all you are going to do as I fully give myself to You and open myself to being renewed in the Spirit. Give me a fresh start. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.