Today I am answering the Question of the Day over at Christian Homeschoolers Taking a Stand
, where I also contribute.
Today’s question is:
“How do you as the mom and teacher keep your sanity on the really hard days?”
Ahh, the never ending question amongst homeschoolers. Well, I would say like anything else, whether you are a homeschooler or not, we need to turn to the Lord on our hard days.
He is waiting for us to reach out to Him instead of trying to do everything on our own. He wants to be THE center of our day, so when we take our eyes off of Him, our day can quickly spin out of control.
When we take our eyes off of Him, we sink:
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Just yesterday, as my daughter sat down to do her math with me (she has been struggling with fractions this week and had a few tears over it), I said to her,
“Now before we start, let’s decide we are not going to get upset quickly and frustrated. Let’s ask God to help us focus and give us the strength to get through. Let’s do this wholeheartedly for HIM. ”
And I prayed.
Our math lesson went more smoothly than any other day this week. She was focused and it took the focus off herself, and on giving her burdens to Him.
Just playing worship and praise songs in the background helps keep me focused on Him during my day. It’s really hard to yell or pout when “How Great is Our God” is calling me to sing praises!
I think no matter what we do, homeschool moms or not, we as Christians remember to do everything wholeheartedly working for the Lord and not men.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men”
“For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
We are not called to be comfortable everyday, but live our lives as a sacrifice for HIM.
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Karen DeBeus is a homeschooling mom learning to live more simply and keep God at the center of it all. She is the author of three best-selling homeschooling books and writes at Simply Living for Him. She speaks nationally at homeschooling conventions and recently was a speaker at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC. Her passion is to help others clear the clutter from their lives, seek God first, and to encourage women and families to get in the Word every day.
In 2016, she founded the Simply Living for Him Retreat, which is a time of rest and renewal for all women seeking Jesus. She enjoys life on her hobby farm with her husband and four children. Together they are a work-at-home family pursuing a simple life with purpose and, above all, seeking to glorify God in all they do.