When it’s good - and when it’s not
By Kari Lewis on September 09, 2017
Five days ago, our sons and their wives began a brand new homeschool year. Both families were ready and eager to begin. The mommies had their plans made and their materials gathered. The kids were looking forward to getting started. Now, they are officially five days into the year and everyone is happy and things are going well!
Some years were like that for us during our homeschooling days—some, I must admit, were not.
Sometimes I started the year from a position of spiritual, emotional and physical strength. I was prepared. I clearly saw the vision, importance and purpose of homeschooling. I was excited about what we’d be working on or learning together. Things were going pretty well, and the most important areas of life were under control. I was content in life and had something to “give”. Things were good.
Frankly, other years were not so good and I felt anything BUT up to the task! I felt spent. Worn. Tired. Dried up. Maybe you know what I mean? After all, we’re all human beings—we all experience times of blessing and times of trials.
But, God doesn’t want us living dry, empty, or in the doldrums. So what can we do when things aren’t so good? When we just want to stick our heads in the sand and forget that we have responsibilities, or sit on the couch and let the world pass us by, or head off on an all-expense paid vacation (maybe sans kids!)?
As Christian homeschooling moms, we have a big job to do for the Lord. Spiritually speaking, we simply have to do what’s right, no matter how we feel at the moment. The stakes are too high not to. Our kids are watching us. It’s a tall order, I know. But, thankfully, God doesn’t just set the bar high and leave us all alone to try to measure up. Here are four of my favorite passages that have helped me time after time…
- Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” We don’t have to keep running on empty, or just going through the motions. When we’re homeschooling for the Lord, it is God that can supply the will and the ability to do it!
- Hebrews 4:15 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” When we’re at the end of our homeschooling rope, God has the mercy and grace to meet our need. We don’t have to do it in our own strength!
- II Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” Often when we’re struggling in life, it is at least partly because our thoughts are running away with us. When we are vigilant to bring our negative, anxious, bitter thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, we are much more likely to be obedient and pleasing to Him with our actions as well. Not only does our obedience bring personal blessing, but it will also be an example for our children of the practical grace of God in action in our lives!
- Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” This doesn’t mean we need to go off to a mountain top somewhere, away from everyone and everything and just think about God, and keep on thinking about God (as nice as that may sound!). I believe the key is in the last phrase “because he trusteth in thee.” When we truly realize the fact that God is in perfect and complete control of our entire situation, and that He has a loving purpose and plan for absolutely everything He does, and we keep our minds stayed on that fact, we will experience His peace!
If you’re at the top of your game at the moment and things are going good, this is a time for you to praise the Lord, be thankful and move full steam ahead (just tuck these thoughts away for future use—unfortunately, we all need them from time to time)! But, if you’re struggling and things aren’t so good at the moment, I pray that the verses above (and others) will strengthen and encourage you as you homeschool your children for the Lord—and that soon you will find yourself at the top of your game as well!