The Big Picture

On a recent visit, my mother-in-law asked what curricula I’m using to teach the kids and how I thought the boys have progressed since we began homeschooling.  I paused and then answered that I’m so close to the “action” that I often don’t recognize their progress. It’s not until someone else comments on their manner, level of understanding or conversation ability that I appreciate their growth.

She found my response puzzling, so I went on to explain that the day in and day out of different attitudes and levels of attentiveness combined with the absence of traditional “scoring”, make assessments more intangible.  (My kids are “A” students because we go over topics until they master them, but the journey on the way to mastery is more challenging on some days rather than others depending on the aforementioned issues.) This is our 3rd year (wow!), so when I look at the continuum of our homeschooling, I can certainly see the progress (maturity, character, learning retention, etc.). However, day-to-day, it sometimes seems like we take 2 steps forward and 5 backwards!  It takes a helicopter view to get a comprehensive perspective.

Needless to say, I appreciated my mother-in-law’s compliments on our children’s education.  She thoroughly enjoyed sitting with them, engaging in meaningful conversation.  At the end of the day, what has always mattered is that my children are a blessing to those with whom they come in contact.  Any way education adds to that end, makes education truly valuable.

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SOUL FOOD

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,…But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  2 Peter 1:2, 3, 5-7

When Worry Becomes Worship

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God Philippians 4:6

As a mother there are so many things I’ve worried about.   Am I a good mother?  Does my walk with Christ draw them to Him?  Am I giving them a well-rounded education?  What kind of men and woman are they growing up into?

Why do I worry?  Because in those moments I’m ignorant of my Father’s love for me so I depend on my abilities to change what bothers me.  Newsflash…MY abilities fail me big time, God’s love never will!  In fact worry highlights self-dependence because worry supposedly makes me look like I’m trying to fix something I actually can’t (Jesus speaks about the futility of that exercise in Matthew 6:26, 27).

What’s a better idea?  Pray about the situation, ask the Lord for what I need or desire and spend the rest of the time thanking Him for however He works it out for my good.  Its rooted in confidence that God is good and is always good to me (though undeserved).  It requires remembering that my Father gave up His Son (His best) for me and freely gives me all things.  At the beginning, middle and end of the day it is my “Father’s good pleasure to give me the kingdom” and He LOVES it when I trust Him to completely handle everything that concerns me.

My God is greater that any concern and He is for me.  Worry puts the focus on my insufficiency which leads to helplessness. Worship focuses on the Lord’s nature and abounding grace which leads to hopefulness.  The choice is mine.  Decisions, decisions…

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SOUL FOOD (Scripture References)

Romans 8:32

Luke 12:32

Psalm 138:8

2 Corinthians 9:8