Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rachel Graduates

its been super busy around here. finally a moment to write:

yes it's true, Rachel graduated high school on Friday, May 24th, 2013.
we are beyond thrilled for her and excited to see what God has for her future. because she graduated thru a homeschool co-op, they leave the "charge" to the graduate to that graduate's parents. maybe i'm biased, but Clayton did an amazing job writing a charge that fit Rachel to a tee. It is typed in its entirety below the pictures.

"Lamentations 3:22
"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed for His compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."

Rachel, you have not been consumed, you have reached the finish line & your Mom & I love you & we are extremely proud of you.

One of my earliest memories of your education takes place in a small bedroom made into a class room at our house on Frosty Road. One day your mom presents you a question & it goes something like this.....Rachel, today is Friday, yesterday was Thursday, tomorrow will be Saturday, Rachel what is today?
With confidence in your big blue eyes you stated your reply.....Tuesday!

Zechariah 4:10 says "Do not despise these small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin...."

Wow - look what you have accomplished with the Lord's help!

Your mother & I are extremely blessed and count it a privilege to be your parents. we love you.

If you will allow me to add to that question presented to you 12 years ago:

YESTERDAY is your past - look back as needed to learn from your mistakes, but dont live there.
TOMORROW is your future - dream God-filled dreams; run & chase after them all of your days.
TODAY is your present - embrace it, live and breath in the mercy of the Lord.

Rachel....what is your tomorrow? It's another day of small beginnings - walk it out with the Lord at your side & in your heart."

I guess it seems so good to me because I know the struggles Rachel has everyday trying to figure out her future. I also see how busy Clayton is...he was actually out of town up until 3 hours before Rachel walked across the stage to graduate....and it doesnt always feel as if he is paying attention. this was an example of how much he is paying attention & how good God is at providing just the words Rachel needed to hear. It was perfect.