As we reflect on the first few weeks of school, take a moment to find peace and comfort in God’s words. Know God walks beside you, and He encourages you to find humor and resilience as you muddle through your new academic routine.
At the beginning of the school year, I intended to make Pinterest proud. I woke up in darkness to enjoy a moment with God, coffee cup in hand. I allowed myself enough time to make an iHop-worthy breakfast for my daughter. And I made certain my teenager has dressed appropriately in her heavily starched, brand-new uniform. I had delusions of grandeur prior to the start of the year: my daughter and I would arrive at school twenty minutes early, she would have a homemade gourmet lunch in hand, my face would be beautified with make-up, and I would be fully dressed in athletic clothes (because of course ladies we all “plan” to have time for daily workouts - HA)! Reality check: my Facebook post now reads, “Daughter enjoyed Fruity Pebbles donut, arrived Monday for school with two minutes to spare. On the bright side, we missed the drop-off traffic. Time for a nap!”
Some days the world makes me feel insufficient. I lack the resolution to complete all the day’s tasks, and I go to bed feeling less than satisfied. However, I am thankful to know I can relinquish this weakness and rejoice in God’s glory. God gives me the strength to confront the next day with hope and optimism that organization and delivery may prevail.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
My name is Shannan Needleman. I have been a busy stay-at-home Mom for the past fourteen years. Just recently I have returned to the military, serving in the Texas State Guard, and I have returned to nursing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Currently, I am writing a book, I lead two girl scout troops, I perform with the Southlake Community Band, and I design and maintain seven school PTO websites. I could not achieve this hectic schedule without the loving support of my family and the guiding wisdom of my almighty Father above.
Our youngest daughter, Reagan Needleman, is a new student and attends the eighth grade at CDA-FM. Reagan was searching for more religious meaning in her curriculum than the public education system could offer. In her words, “I feel at home at CDA, and I know the teachers care.” Coram Deo has been a blessing to our family.