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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

 

It is almost 2017. I know many would have to look back at 2016 and say it was a tough year. I would probably be one of those who agree.

 

This Fall we started homeschooling my daughter. This brought all kinds of challenges: wedging in 4-5 hours a day of a new activity five days a week, getting into a routine (still not there), butting heads with your student, separating being parent and teacher, and many more. It has been a year of frustrations and questions for me personally and in work. I have seen so many struggle this year with loss and hopelessness. Each week seemed to bring a new national or international crisis; not to mention a political season most would soon like to forget. But in those tough times, I think that some really cool and amazing revelations can come to light. Through the challenges of homeschooling I have learned a lot about myself and my daughter. I have seen her grow and realized more and more what she needs from us as parents and educators to help her be even more successful.

 

I have realized I need structure in my life (when my wife reads this she will probably faint). From my physical frustrations I am seeing a plan developing and a vision of how much better things could and should be. These things give me hope and confidence in 2017. God has blessed me with so many gifts and opportunities. He did not give to make life easy. He gave them to be used for something greater than myself. To be used in times of adversity and trial to sustain and help me grow. God is unflinching in His perseverance. His Will be done. I pray that your 2017 be filled with an awareness of God’s presence in your life and insight in how you can bring his Hope, Love and Light into this world that all too often is obscured in shadowy messes.

 

God Bless.

Chad Ryberg

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