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It's September and you know what that means....

Wait, you do know what that means, right?!

Just in case you did not guess it, school 🏫 is back in session.  

It is the time of year of growing, planning, reading, thinking, and so much more.

This is an especially challenging year for me. I, yes I - well at least figuratively speaking, will be graduating 🎓 from 8th grade and also 12th grade. Yes, lots of big accomplishments. I'm excited and nervous, all at the same time.

But I am also starting a feel a little overwhelmed. As I started this school year, I accepted a new responsibility. I agreed to read all of the books 📚 that are needed to fulfill the 8th grade Language Arts requirements. Yes, this was completely voluntarily. I am not quite sure what I was thinking, though I am pretty sure the words spit out of my mouth before my mind knew what was happening. I guess I figured that was the price of good parenting. What even is 'good parenting' anyway?

At any rate, I have started to honor my commitment. As I read the first few chapters of "Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws," I realized that my daughter is going to hate this experience. I overthink EVERYTHING!

And as my husband would tell you, everything means everything. 

I was listening to a song and in an instinct, several things became crystal clear. 
🎶 "If you provide the fire, then I'll provide the sacrifice. If you pour out your spirit, I will open up inside. Fill me up." ... "Fill me up til I overflow. I want to run over." ... "You make all things new and I will follow you forward."
Here are just a few thoughts:

What are you willing to sacrifice? Fire is a purification process that is hot, burns, and leaves scars. It is uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable. Are you truly willing to make whatever sacrifice is necessary to see the outcome of the purification process. Are you willing to sacrifice people, feelings, and things? Past hurts? Cherished possessions? Opportunities? Do you have an Abraham spirit?
Genesis 22:9-10

What will overflow from within you? Overflow occurs when a vessel is too full to carry the load. What flows from the vessel is based on what is poured into the vessel. What are you being filled with? Hate? Hurt? Anger? Jealously? Love? Generosity? Wisdom? Gentleness? Kindness? Patience? Self-control? Peace? Joy? Goodness? Faithfulness? Will you experience overflow like the widow woman?  
2 Kings 4:1-7

Are you in a new wineskin? A wineskin holds wine. (Wine has been used as a visual manifestation of the miracles available with God). Upon first use, a wineskin is stretched so that it can carry out its purpose. Are you purging, stretching, and walking in obedience so that you too can be a visual manifestation of the miraculous works of God? Are you getting rid of the old in preparation of the new?
Mark 2:22

Check out this visual example then comment to let me know if you thought of anything else?


  1. This was an awesome demonstration. I think the hardest thing for me is to get rid of the old "stuff" because it is comfortable (as I believe most people feel this way at times). It is time for the new to be born.

  2. This totally forced me to do some self evaluation. Sometimes as a parent I think I get over involved (if there is such a thing). But I digress. Thank you for the encouragement.


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