Focus on God's Faithfulness
Tuesday, March 6
Knudsen family - Lisa, Chad, and Kate, rejoined as members of RPC in February 2018
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
When our daughter was in pre-kindergarten, we started becoming aware of some learning differences. Knowing that her father was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, we decided to proceed with psychological education testing. Our suspicions were confirmed. Given her dad's history, we were determined to start our daughter's education career out on the right path and sought out environments where this would be possible. We eventually found ourselves at a school located in Buckhead.
Tuition for this private school was not cheap, and the thought of paying this cost for a school year, let alone two, just seemed impossible. Both of our parents are on fixed incomes in retirement and scholarships were not an option, so this was all on us, or so we thought. We prayed about what we should do. Equal to the stress of tuition costs were the logistics of getting our daughter to and from Buckhead for school every day from our home in Roswell, while we both worked, full time, non-flexible jobs. It honestly did not seem possible!
After much prayer, we eventually decided to go for it, not knowing how it would all work, but knowing God was giving us comfort and peace with this choice That first year was not easy by any means. We made budget cuts and spent hours in the care each day driving between home, school, and our offices. But, we learned when God provides, HE REALLY PROVIDES! He provided for us in ways we did not even conceive possible. We had originally thought if we could afford two years that would be incredible. God provided resources through a means we did not expect that allowed us to attend four years, which is what our daughter really needed! We also entered into a carpool with a Christian couple who had a son our daughter's age that attended the school. They were able to pick-up our daughter every afternoon from school and bring her home, cutting hours out of our day sitting in late afternoon traffic.
This is our daughter's first year after outplacing from the school for dyslexia and the early intervention worked. She has done amazingly and has learned how to use dyslexia to her advantage! Through the last five years, our family learned that when you trust in God, things might not be easy, but all things are possible!
Questions for Kids
- Is doing what God wants you to do always easy?
God, please allow me to trust You and know that You are always in control. Amen.
The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.
The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?
This year we want to make the devotional more accessible for families with children. In order to do that we have included some devotions that are written by families. We encourage all of you to engage with your children using this devotional as a tool.
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