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Now that my family has returned from our trip to sunny Florida, I'm back in full swing as a busy homeschool mom. While we don't homeschool year-round, we are still doing school work and focusing on areas that need extra attention while we have a less structured summer schedule. Things like SAT prep get a lot more attention from the end of May through the end of August. While this summer routine of more relaxed learning is normal for our family, we received some news that is, well, not normal. News that can easily make me say, "Hmmmm....wonder what's next?"

Just before our family left for vacation, my husband lost his job. The company he worked for has suffered some severe economic hardships and has filed for bankruptcy. I pray they are able to keep the company afloat somehow, and that all the good men and women employed there are able to keep their jobs. In this season of our lives, however, God has chosen a different path for my husband.

While we really aren't sure what is in store for us next, we are very certain of Who is in charge. His plans for our family cannot be thwarted, and there is no place we would rather be than in His hands. Yet we still covet your prayers as we seek His will and follow His leading ~ your prayer support is appreciated more than words can say!

So instead of worrying and fretting, I am actively trying to adopt an attitude of wonder and thankfulness. When concern about medical issues for our children crops up, I recall God's promises to us in His Word and thank Him for all He has done and is doing in our lives. After all, there really is no benefit to worrying and fretting only leads to evil (according to the Bible, which is my standard for living!). But having an attitude of gratitude and choosing to trust in God when I am afraid leads to peace and blessings uncountable.

My encouraging word to you today is to choose to praise God no matter what circumstances you find yourself facing. Thank Him and trust Him moment by moment. And rest in the fact that He loves you with an everlasting love.

Lord bless you today!

Day 190 done :)

Jan L. Burt


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