Spring Cleaning for the Soul - and Homeschool
- Friday, May 07, 2010
There's a big difference between getting by and getting blessed! We may be able to have things in our lives that God is not blessing, but is it wise? Galatians 6:7 tells us to "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Remember, we reap what we sow, and we reap more than we sow. If we sow things God cannot bless, we will reap more unblessed things down the road—sounds pretty scary to me!
This spring, let's take an honest look at our lives, our families, and our homeschools and prayerfully determine if there are things God cannot bless. There are lots of resources, programs, activities, and opportunities available to homeschooling families, and it can be difficult to determine which, if any, are right for us. Thankfully, however, God is not silent! Let's look at a few Bible passages that will help us:
1 John 1:5 tells us that "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." There are no gray areas with God! He knows the definite truth on every matter. He is not ambivalent about anything. He is not in the least confused about what we should or should not be doing!
Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." As we read His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work freely in our lives, He will lead us in the paths He has for us. When He determines our path, we can be sure that He will bless it!
John 14:26 says, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." He will comfort us and teach us what we need to know!
Hebrews 4:12 teaches that "the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Even when we don't understand ourselves, when our deceitful hearts may be up to their desperately wicked workings, God's Word can cut through it all, discern the thoughts and intents of our hearts, and set us straight!
"Cleanse us of anything You cannot bless!" It's a convicting and sobering prayer, yet wonderful and freeing at the same time. If we truly lived by this principle, day in and day out, just think how fruitful, peaceful, and blessed our lives would be! Surely an eternally redeemed soul is too important to be allowed to knowingly contain anything that God cannot bless, and a life is far too short to be spent on such things!
None of us have "arrived" yet—we've all got some clutter here or there. Let's get going on our spring cleaning!
*This article published May 10, 2010.
Kari Lewis is the mom here at Home School Enrichment. She and Frank have been married for 33 years and homeschooled Matthew and Jonathan from their early elementary years through their high school graduations. Together, the four of them started Home School Enrichment in late 2002. You can reach her at kari@HomeSchoolEnrichment.com
This article was originally published in the Mar/Apr 2010 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Sign up now to receive a FREE sample copy! Visit www.HSEmagazine.com today!
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