Hanging on by a thread?

Hanging on by a thread?

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16 NIV).

It’s the end of the school year and craziness abounds! Honestly, sometimes I can’t figure out if I need a good laugh or a good cry!

Two weeks ago we moved into the boarding house with sixteen, high-school, international students. My husband and I serve together at a PreK-12th grade, private day & boarding school. In the middle of learning how to cook for more than four, I found myself trying to hold all the pieces together before the seems of our lives unraveled.

Study hall, study guides, yearbooks, final moments….
“What exams do I have tomorrow?”
“Can you quiz me?”
“I think I’m ready, but quiz me one more time.”
“Do you know where my book is? Did I leave it at our home?”
“Dinnertime!!” (For 30 people!)

Then it was the…

IMG_9022Exams, last day of packed lunches, benchmarks…summer reading!
“Hurray, it’s summertime!”

IMG_9020Let the celebrations begin! End-of-year parties, hugs good-bye, end-of-year ice cream tradition with my children and the remaining boarders…pack up, move out, boarding house check-outs, give-aways, dinner with friends… moving up ceremonies, graduation, diplomas, final good-byes, lack-of-sleep and around the clock transportation to the airport – for minors! My “mamma’s heart” realized I could not keep it all together on my own, nor was I suppose to.

IMG_9019In every season (including this crazy-busy one), there is one beautiful thread that holds me together.
The thread has been present since the beginning of time, and is woven through hearts of believers, similar to mine.

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Several centuries ago, God wove the thread right through the heart of a harlot, whose whole-hearted faith led her right into His faith-family tree.

When Joshua and Caleb arrived to Jericho to spy on the land, Rahab protected them, and in return, asked for their protection. She had heard stories about their God, and within those men she saw a glimpse of the Living Hope. Rahab wanted what they had.

Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household, (Joshua 2:18 ESV). 

When the Hebrews took possession of Jericho, God saved Rahab by way of the scarlet thread, or tiqvah, which means “hope” or “cord” in Hebrew. Rahab held on to tightly to her new found Hope.

When I come to the end of myself, I realize that I am hanging on to that same thread. 

IMG_9024On the cross His blood ran red, and my white knuckles grasp tightly to the thread who holds me together. I cling to the cord of my Living Hope with great expectations, and my heart rests in knowing this busy schedule is only for a season.

So, I hold on tightly and savor each moment with my children and these precious students.

All things have been created through Him, for Him (Colossians 1:16), and all for His glory.

When my focus shifts from self to Savior, I can hold on tightly to Him, and trust that He is holding all things together, and for that I am grateful.

Happy Summer!!

Heavenly Father,
  I praise you for Your presence in every aspect of our full, busy lives. You meet us right where we are. We hold on tightly to You and You hold all things together. Thank You for giving our hearts hope. May we shift our focus from self to Savior and cling tightly to You. By way of the blood shed on the cross, You bring us all together as one, and for that I am grateful. 
In the precious name of Jesus I pray,
Amen

Many blessings to you and yours,

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