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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Rocks

Sometimes we must stop what we are doing, and address issues that come up in our family. When we have everything all planned out for our day or week, these interruptions can seem overwhelmingly burdensome. Yet, we must see them as part of God's plan for the path we walk.

I found the morning interrupted with a long overdue "talk" with one of my children who has been ever so stealthfully walking the wrong path in his heart - towards his siblings, chores, parents, school, bedtime and who knows what else.

After a momentary discouragement, I realized something significant.

That is that we are on a path, a narrow path, in this homeschool journey. As with any path, even perfect paths there are places where the going is smooth, beautiful and filled with exultation, and other places that have rocks that need to be removed before we can move on. Those rocks come in the form of negative attitudes that have crept up on us and our children unawares. Those rocks can be sinful behaviors that must be addressed, repented of and placed before God for complete removal. Those rocks can be fears and worries you have allowed to capture your heart. There are many things that represent rocks in the road.

Homeschooling is such an incredible experience, but it is not without obstacles. Yet, when we run into these obstacles, we should not become discouraged – for, they are part of living upon this earth. They also have the potential to grow us in holiness and strength in the Lord.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6 (NIV)

The path you are on today may be strewn with rocks of all sizes, but it is only for a little while – and for a purpose. Don’t give up because of it. Allow the Lord to guide you in removing the rocks that you have encountered during this part of your journey.

And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet [yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right direction], so that the lame and halting [limbs] may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured. Hebrews 12:13 (Amplified Bible)

Yet, do not be discouraged in this effort, for it is God Himself, through His Spirit and our faith in Him to do it, that will level those paths.

Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Galations 3:2

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