Strength for the Journey: A Winter Meditation
- 2010 8 Feb
"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. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:5-7
The first month of the New Year usually starts with wonderful resolutions, which wane after a few weeks or months. It's the midpoint in our homeschooling year, but it's sometimes hard to get back to school after the Christmas festivities. Now is when the dreaded "slump" occurs.
Proverbs 3:5-7 offers deep truths for our continued homeschool journey.
Trust in the Lord with All Thine Heart, and Lean Not on Thine Own Understanding
God has called us to homeschool. Though the journey has many blessings, it also has tough moments and days. This year, we began our seventh year of homeschooling, and I realize more than ever that the secret to homeschooling lies in trusting the Lord. I am inadequate, in my own strength and wisdom, to successfully homeschool my children. Whenever I think I know it or can do it on my own, I fail miserably.
It is only God's power and wisdom that enables me to teach my kids what they need to know—academically, spiritually, emotionally. It is only His strength that helps me stay this path. As I depend on Him with every fiber of my being, He will empower me to be the channel of wisdom, truth, and love to my children that He desires me to be.
In All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him, and He Shall Direct Thy Paths
Christ is to be the center, the focus of my life, family, and school. I need to seek Him in all I do—in curriculum choices, teaching methods, discipline of my children, the way I relate to my children and husband, and the activities we are involved in. Not only do I need to seek His will, I need to surrender to it as well.
He will be faithful to direct my paths and sometimes even to make the way smooth. He will be faithful to give me patience on my homeschool journey. On those days when I wonder if I'll make it through the day, let alone the school year, on the days when the block hits, He will empower me to take another step and yet another step on this journey till the end.
Be Not Wise in Thine Own Eyes
This is a strong and wise warning. My academic qualifications and what I think I know leads to pride and can blind me to what God wants me to teach my kids. They take away from my depending on the Lord as my source, and that's a dangerous path to go down.
Fear the Lord, and Depart from Evil
The fear of the Lord brings true wisdom. It gives life (Proverbs 10:27, 14:27), brings humility (Proverbs 15:33, 22:4), and helps us to shun evil (Proverbs 16:6). Meditate on this, and teach the fear of the Lord to your children. It's what will keep them from evil.
Father: Thank You for the depth of Your grace and love to me. Thank You that You are my Source. I abandon myself totally to You. Please empty me of self and fill me with your Spirit, that I might serve you and my family with humility and in love. Amen.
*This article published February 8, 2010.
As one who daily needs and experiences the depth and power of God's grace, Anita Mellott writes from the heart about real-life issues. A homeschooling mom, she writes words of encouragement and hope at From the Mango Tree (http://amellott.wordpress.com).
This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb '10 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Now, get a FREE subscription to the HSE Digital Edition! Visit www.HSEmagazine.com/digital today to get immediate access to the latest edition!