This time of year after we “spring forward” in the days immediately following the time change, I lose my rhythm. It’s dark outside when I leave to come to school (and I am NOT a morning person), so I start my day a little grumpy. I try to make the most of this time in the car by listening to some music that might pep me up, but more often than not I end up turning the radio off and using the time to talk to God. I often think of you moms who are at home also getting your days started while it’s still dark outside. I remember what that feels like, and I know you might have lost your rhythm, too!
You are counting down the weeks (days, hours, minutes!) until spring break, and it can be hard to tackle each school day with enthusiasm and positivity. You start to question your ability to parent and teach at the same time. Are you doing enough or too much? Are you teaching the right way? Is your student really going to make it to the end of the year with everything they need for next year? Oh, and don’t forget about standardized testing!
I’m here to tell you that you will make it! I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes that have gotten me through parenting and teaching. I’ve collected these over the years, and I have no idea where some of them came from, so forgive me that some of them aren’t attributed to anyone. I hope they will encourage you to find your rhythm and discover renewed strength as we move into the homestretch of this school year!
Even on your worst day, no one can give your children what you can…the imperfect parenting of a mother who loves them perfectly!
You have the exact qualities God knew your kids would need in a mom. - Lysa TerKeurst
Fear tells you:
- You’re incapable.
- You’re too late.
- It must be perfect.
Faith tells you:
- You’re more than a conqueror.
- God’s timing is perfect.
- Progress is better than perfection.
Tomorrow will look different because of what you do today. Teach on. - Brad Montague
God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called. - Henry Blackaby
And just for fun:
The early bird can have the dang worm because mornings are lame and worms are gross! - Tara Nearants from @radandhappy