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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Homeschooling with Purpose

Each of our children is unique, each created with different gifts, talents, abilities, interests, passions, dislikes and preferences. All of these make them the wonderful child of God that the Lord intended them to be.

Isn't it amazing that each of our children were chosen by God before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 1:4)?It fills me with wonder and awe that each was created for a particular purpose, which God ordained in advance that they should pursue (Ephesians 2:10).

If God is for them, who or what could possibly stand against them? They are His! They are marked out, God's chosen, beloved children.

We can rest in God's plan and purpose for our children.

We need not strive, stress and worry.


And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 58:11

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalm 32:8

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go."
Isaiah 46:17

God promises to guide and direct us. He promises that He will lead us. If He has a purpose for these children (which He does) why should we ever wring our hands in anxiousness over the decisions and choices that affect them....God isn't going to leave us to figure it out on our own!

Believe God. Trust His gentle counsel. Don't doubt the direction He gives. God is your leader. Let Him lead.

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We began school this week and I was tempted to think I should add a great deal more to our schedule (the kids were completing their assignments rather effortlessly). I was tempted to make it more rigorous, and increase the reading, writing and subjects. The peace I felt when planning was replaced by an anxiousness that I should do more, add more, challenge more, shoot higher and put more pressure on them. I knew they could handle it, I believed it wouldn't hurt to add a few more things to the schedule.

I felt pressure to work on that schedule and refine it. I began to get frustrated with my time constraints. I wanted to fix the schedules.

Then, I had an unexpected quiet time (you know, those special quiet times that come in the middle of the day or evening when you find yourself unexpectedly alone for an hour or so). During that time, I prayed, worshipped and felt a renewal of peace and a restored calm to my heart. Then, I knew. I knew that I should not doubt what I felt led to do with our schedule. I should not change it because my natural mind could not understand what God designed for our school day. I realized that our current schedule was perfect for achieving our specific goals for my children. The revised schedule would have hindered those goals by distracting us into a lot of extra learning that would not have truly profited us in the end.

God is so good. Don't neglect time with Him. He has so much to teach us and show us. He is our wonderful counselor!