Joy in the Journey

Woman jumping for joy in the journey down a desert road

As I was enjoying the calm after one holiday rainstorm, Psalm 118:24 came to mind.

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

I began to reflect upon rejoicing and what that means.  As a former homeschool mother of four, I did not always exhibit joy during the homeschooling journey when the lesson plans needed attention, the laundry was piling up, there was no milk in the refrigerator, and there were so many dust bunnies in my house we could start a farm!! The Psalmist commands us to rejoice in each day and be glad, but I found I could become overly focused on the stressors, which can take away the joy in the journey.

There should be joy in the journey. Lots of joy. Michael Card wrote an inspiring song (called “Joy in the Journey”) about this. He sings,

There is a joy in the journey,
There’s a light we can love on the way.
There is a wonder and wildness to life,
And freedom for those who obey.

Experiencing Joy

As a busy homeschool parent, are you experiencing joy in your journey? Are your children embracing the wonder of life, or are you passing your stresses on to them? Do you and your children rejoice in the wildness of each day? There is freedom for you from the stresses that home educating brings to you. It is simple, but not always easy; submit all things to the Lord. Take a deep breath and let…it…go… Who cares if the laundry isn’t always caught up and they have to wear dirty jeans one more day? Lesson plans don’t always have to be written down; all moments are teachable. So you don’t have milk for breakfast, I guess it’s a toast and tea morning.

It’s important to remember to rejoice and be glad in your family, your lesson plans, your co-op teaching days, your SAT testing preparation, your college application deadlines, and anything else that wants to steal your joy.

Reflect and Pray

Reflect on the following:

  • Lord, am I so focused on the stresses of life that I can’t find joy in the journey?
  • God, have I modeled joy or stress more often to my family?
  • God, am I holding on to situations too tightly, or submitting them to wholly you?
  • Lord, where have I experienced your joy in the past 24 hours? In the past week?

Lord, I admit that I tend to spend too much time worrying about things that bring stress in my life, rather than submitting those things to You. Show me how to relinquish those stresses and focus on Your glory and love for my family. In doing so, I can demonstrate Your love to my family and model joy in journey.

 


Joy in the Journey written by Michael Card and John J. Thompson. Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.