Every day is a gift

Every day is a gift

Every day is a gift 2560 1707 Hope City Church

It’s 10 weeks since lockdown began, I have 8 weeks of homeschooling under my belt and a new found level of respect for every teacher out there.

8:45 Family Devotional
9:00 PE
10:00 Maths/English
11:00 Creative Learning
And on it goes….

This is my family’s new norm, our new daily routine give or take…I’m glad to say we have found our groove – a rhythm that works for us.

To say I was apprehensive about teaching our 3 young children at home would be an understatement.
I asked myself, “How will they cope? How will I cope?”
But mixed in with that was a genuine feeling of excitement about a new challenge and the possibilities that lay ahead.

As I sit back and reflect over recent weeks I can confidently say I’ve loved it. We’ve had good days, bad days and everything in between but on the whole it’s been inspiring. 

I’ve loved the opportunity to refresh my memory on long forgotten things like improper fractions, conjunctions and adverbs. As a family we’ve conquered live PE classes online and my arts and crafting skills have hit an all time high and really got my creative juices flowing again.

As with any story, it’s a tale of two sides…I could also tell you that I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had to explain to my 7 year old why he needs to write with an actual pen and paper instead of playing football for 8 hours straight or how many times I’ve had a good weep about yet another meal I’ve had to plan and cook not to mention the challenge that’s been getting to grips with social media for the first time in my life.

But in all of this, amongst all my focus and attention on the kids learning, there have been a stack of things I’ve been piecing together along the way!

I’ve learnt that its never too late to develop a new skill.
I’ve learnt that it’s good to be adventurous and try new things
I’ve learnt that trying my best is good enough and that absolutely no good can come out of comparing my lockdown to someone else’s.

But perhaps the most valuable thing I’ve learnt is the family time is invaluable to me.
Nothing fills my heart with so much  joy than making memories together that we can cherish forever.

At the start of lockdown my husband and I prayed that this would be a time our children would grow in confidence, to strengthen our relationships with each other and gain a deeper understanding of who God is.

When I hear one of them saying, “homeschool is the best!” I’m so happy we’ve been able to make a really hard thing for them memorable for the right reasons. And as time moves on, I believe our memories will stand the test of time.

Ecclesiastes 11:7 (NTL)
“Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.”

I know these past few months will have looked and felt differently for every single one of us but I’m so grateful for the reminder that life is to be savoured and that every day is a gift. Let’s choose to see the gift of life in the good season and the bad.

I’m excited to see what materialises on the other side of this. 

Written by Jenny Ameobi (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series