Proverbs 4:7 says, "Though it cost all that you have, get understanding." What is the cost? Have you given it all that you have? It could mean getting up earlier or staying up later. It could mean studying the Word at the kitchen table while the children are doing their math or writing assignments. It could mean prefacing your read-aloud time with a chapter of the Bible. Do whatever it takes to get wisdom and understanding, though it costs you time or inconvenience. Your spiritual life depends upon it! The example you set for your children's future nourishment depends upon it.

If you find your spiritual life is in a depression, or if you have no hunger pangs for His Word, don't feel guilty. Rather I have this advice: force feed yourself. Make a time and place everyday to eat from His Word even though you may not feel like it. Your spiritual hunger will return and you will be revived. Don't give up – keep eating until desire comes. And, the great depression in your heart, in your schooling efforts, in your life – will be lifted and your hunger satisfied in Him!

Copyright, 2004. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Deborah Wuehler is the Devotional and E-Newsletter Editor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and resides in Roseville, California with her husband Richard and their six gifts from heaven. She loves digging for buried treasure in the Word, reading, writing, homeschooling and dark chocolate! If you would like to respond to this article, you may e-mail her at Right now, 19 free gifts for homeschoolers!