I have been homeschooling for 19 years.

19 years.

(dramatic pause for affect!)

It’s something I committed to and have thoroughly enjoyed.

Earlier this year, after MUCH prayer and asking God for direction, Eddie and I made the decision to put our youngest child, Olivia, in school for the 20-21 school year.

I’m telling you, I tracked God in this decision as we kept taking the very next step.

Fast forward to now…

I’m pretty sure we are the ONLY family in the whole USA sending our kid FROM homeschooling TO school.

Go figure!

Because I made the intentional choice to look for glimpses of God as the year unfolded, (aka tracking God) I can still say, with confidence, that this is God’s plan for Olivia as she begins high school. … even though, she will begin AT HOME with distance learning.

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up!

As school begins this week for Olivia, I find myself praying Ephesians 3:20-21 over her AND over this upcoming-crazy-start of a school year.

I want to share with you a template I use based on Priscilla Shirer’s book God is Able. The words in ‘bold’ are the actual words from the verse, followed by annotations in italics that I use to remind myself of how to stay focused on God during this time.

NOWour current reality AND God’s present ability

To Himeyes on Jesus

Who is able to do- for you! Or for _____________ (fill in the blank)

Exceedingly, abundantly, BEYOND–  Lord, please do this or do something better!

ALL that we ask or thinkHe’s got it totally covered

According to the power that works within us- FLIP the switch, DEPEND heavily and consistently on the Spirit of God… make room for HIS ability

To HIM be the gloryHis glory is meant to be shown

In the churchevery single example of his grace and mercy and kindness and endurance is worthy of acclaim

And in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and EVER-


You will see these phrases written all over my journal. My favorite one is, “Lord, please do this or do something better!”

Exceedingly, abundantly, BEYOND.

My prayer for you:

May you SEE God (your current reality and God’s present ability)

as you keep your eyes focused on Him.

May He bless you BEYOND all that you ask or think as you depend heavily upon Him,

praising Him for His mercy and kindness toward you and yours!


2020-2021 school year… Let’s do this!