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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Homeschool Devotional for April 6, 2009

Grace in the Wilderness
By Maribeth Spangenberg

"But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not..."
Psalm 78:52-53a


God has not called you into homeschooling to leave you. What He started, He will complete! Even through the "dark days", when we feel like we’re sinking, He’s still there!

baby may be irritable. Sarah isn’t cooperating. And Joey doesn’t "get it". Frustration sets in. Doubts bombard us. And we question our capabilities.

Did we REALLY hear from God? Is this TRULY His Will? Shouldn’t the way get easier?

While we relish the good days, and certainly need the assurance of them, the challenging times are what stretch us. Homeschooling is not just for the good of the children and the family. It is also an opportunity for spiritual growth for us. As sheep with the shepherd, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, and trust in His leading and guidance.

Sometimes the days may seem long, or the academics appear out of our reach. But as we take one step at a time, our Shepherd will get us over the rocky paths. Grace will be more real as we look to Our Lord for strength and encouragement. His love will surround us when we seek His Face.

As we rest in Him, He will prod us on. When we feel our strength waning, our faith will push us forward.

Dear mother, homeschooling has tremendous rewards in the end – the closeness of family, respect for authority, lessons in submission, and opportunities for spiritual growth.

Trust God and His promises. If the Lord has called you, He will lead you. As a sheep in His Pasture, rest in his care. As our Shepherd, He will guide us.

Prayer: "Heavenly Father, I pray for your grace to continue strong in the path of homeschooling. Help me to rest in your guidance, so that I can keep going forward. I trust You to take away my fears and frustrations, and to replace them with Your peace."

2 comments:

outdoor.mom said...

amen :-) its almost over!! summer vacation is getting close - unless you are a year round homeschooler - lol.

have you ever read "home school enrichment"?

Our Adventures in Life said...

Outdoor.Mom,

We JUST started homeschooling and took off nearly two months for deschooling, so we won't be taking any vacation time any time soon.

And with the exception of the six weeks their dad has them during the Summer, we'll be a year-round homeschooling family.

But hey, who needs more than six weeks of vacation anyway? ;-)