Undreamt of blessings?  Ah, yes... undreamt of blessings are my favorite.  Blessings of teaching, learning, sharing, laughing, crying, building, cleaning, and focusing... all of which would have been missed if we had chosen the wider, yellow bus laden path.  Could we have ever, before embarking on the journey of home schooling, imagined the inexplicable joy we experience when God begins to daily reveal His fingerprints on our children?  Those precious Holy fingerprints which the world desires only to smear or to remove completely leaving our children totally void of any evidence that He was ever a part of their creation.  There is no greater delight than to know with a God-confidence that we, as home educators, are daily placing more and more of His prints so indelibly all over our children, and by doing so, developing their steadfast foundations and testimonies.  Because of our devotion to Him in training them, those same prints become so permanent that when our children venture out into the spiritually confused, theologically persuasive, Christian exterminating world, all attempts to “shake-and-erase” their trust in Jesus through constantly Etch-a-Sketching lines of tangled God-doubt fall away like dust leaving all humanity no alternative but to witness His undeniable light in the unshakable God-centered lives of our children.  Now, that last one is my absolute favorite, scripture-guaranteed blessing!

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 (NLT)

So, when those days of doubt and uncertainty come... and they will always come... take courage in knowing that from the moment He gave us each of our children, God already had full confidence in our perfect ability to instruct and guide these gifts which He so graciously rewarded us with if we only...Trust in HIM with "all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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Michelle Painter is a wife and best friend to Bobby, a mother to 3 wonderful sons, and a former Texas public school teacher called by God to home school.  She considers home schooling a challenge, a privilege, and an undreamt of blessing.  She prays that others may glean encouragement, empowerment, and blessings from what she writes.  She would love to hear from you at blessingsundreamtof@yahoo.com.