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How do you deal with life’s unexpected surprises?

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How do you deal with life’s unexpected surprises?

Life is full of unexpected surprises! Some of these surprises are wonderful and others are not. There can be unexpected job changes, financial situations, moves, pregnancies, illnesses, issues with children, educational decisions, and relationship challenges. In our 20 years of homeschooling, we have dealt with every one of these surprises. So, how do you deal with life’s unexpected surprises? Today’s teaching tip will share a way to do just that!

What unexpected surprises are you facing today?

As we continue to be in and out of the hospital with our son Greyson, we never know what our day might hold. Will we be packing in a hurry to rush out the door? Will we be wondering how many days we will be gone? Will we be home but waiting on doctors to call? Will we be able to teach our boys for the day? Or, will we be calling on others to help as we make the 4 hour drive to the hospital? In the midst of these uncertain days, my sister gave me some wonderful advice from a devotional she’d read! She said, “Trust God with the future and plan for the day.”

Trust God with the future.

I must admit that I get overwhelmed when I try to look too far ahead these days. Yet, God is not overwhelmed! He knows what the future holds. So, when I trust God with the future, my burden is lighter. When I stop considering all of the possibilities ahead and just plan for the day, I do much better.

Plan for just one day.

Blessedly, the Heart of Dakota plans are written to show just one day. When I focus on doing one day at a time, I feel more able to do what the day holds. When someone else has to jump in and teach, it is easier for that person to focus on one day too. For the child who suddenly has a different teacher than expected, it is easier to think about only one day.

What can you do when you are facing an unexpected surprise?

So, when you are facing an unexpected surprise, just work on getting through that one day. Try to think of school as a series of single days. After all the Bible promises God will give us what we need for the day. So, the next time you feel overwhelmed by one of life’s unexpected surprises… remember to trust God with the future and plan for the day.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, 

Because his compassions fail not.  

They are new every morning; 

Great is Your faithfulness. 

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul. 

“Therefore, I hope in Him!” – Lamentations 3:22-24




This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Dana

    Praying for Greyson and your family!

  2. Guinevere Wise

    Beautifully said. Thank you for your transparency is sharing with us all. Continuing to send prayers your way.

  3. Deanna Boggs

    Thank you so much. This was so timely for us and I needed that now.

  4. Jenn

    Praying for bountiful grace and strength and wisdom for all of you, and healing for Grayson ❤

  5. Carrie and Mike are at Mayo Clinic with Grey for a planned procedure, and we just received word that it went well! This means Grey’s final surgery, which has been moved forward too many times to count, is set to take place May 7. We are praising God for His faithfulness, and we are so thankful to all of you who have been praying for Grey, and for Mike and Carrie! Please join us in praying for his surgery on May 7 to go smoothly, without complications, and for Grey to have a good recovery. Thank you so much!!!

    Love in Christ,

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