"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience" (2 Peter 1:5-6)

"But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." (James 1:2)

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." (Hebrews 12:1)

The End Result

All the research, time, cost, and effort will be well rewarded in a home that functions well and is a pleasant place to raise a family.

The end result of our homeschooling efforts should be well-rounded young adults, but most importantly, we should be training Godly children who know their purpose of glorifying God in all their future endeavors. They should keep Christ as their first love before any other good works. Then, our homeschooling will have been victorious.

At the close of our lives here on earth, we should be able to see the fruit of our labor as we have persevered to the end, and these earthly homes will take on the heavenly in their final home improvement.

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven." (2 Corinthians 5:1-2)

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Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor for TOS, editor of the Schoolhouse Support E-Newsletter, wife to Richard, and mom to eight gifts from heaven. She loves digging for buried treasure in the Word, reading, writing, homeschooling, and dark chocolate! 

Copyright 2009. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Summer 2009. Used with permission. Visit them at www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com.