It’s midwinter. We’re all taking a pause to look over our lives. In particular, we are taking time to reevaluate our homeschooling.
When we take our children home to educate them, we become combatants in a war. Homeschooling challenges the systems that are engineered to destroy us (by the devil and all those factors that are against God and His plans). Therefore, everything and everyone in those systems are against us.
But we don’t always realize that the different negatives we think or feel are not rational or from God. WE think they are natural–and some are–but many are spiritual attacks on our soul (mind, will, and emotions).
The devil wants all believers striving to cooperate with God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven to QUIT!
It’s not so strange we feel this way. Believers have been tempted to give up since the first century. Paul had this to say to the Galatians:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.
This life we live in Christ is strewn with difficulties and tears, but it is also filled with great triumph and blessings.
I grew up in a home with well-meaning but worldly-minded people. I remember well the darkness and depression there–but then I met Jesus and everything became light!
In our home now there are still times when darkness wants to creep back in–but when we turn our gaze on Jesus, the entire atmosphere changes.
This is because Christ has conquered death and hell, and when our gaze is on Him we live in that victory.
Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy;
No shadow of shame will darken their facesPsalm 34:5
That’s where our strength for homeschooling comes from:
Looking to Jesus we become RADIANT!
We radiate His love, His hope, His strength, and His wisdom.
We are not meant to survive as homeschooling moms, we are meant to THRIVE.
We are born again–we are not natural, we are SUPER-natural. According to Colossians 1:27 it is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
CHRIST IN US!
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.Ephesians 1:15-22
Wow! That’s Who lives inside us!
Ladies, we need to see our position differently. We need to change from defense to offense. As our old pastor says:
Don’t fACE the storm,
BE the storm.
We live with what we tolerate. This is more understandable if we think in terms of keeping a home. We have all watched the sad videos of hoarders. The extreme hoarders homes are filled with trash and vermin. Why? Because, for whatever sad reason, they grew a tolerance for a low level of disorder. Little-by-little the disorder grew until the level was raised higher and higher, and eventually made their homes impossible to live in.
We can also build a tolerance for negativity and discouragement. Gradually it will destroy the good things God is intending to accomplish…
…we can purposefully chase negativity and discouragement away by spreading the Light of the Good News all around us. Just like the person who buys one of those abandoned, dilapidated chalets in France and says, “I’m going to make this place better. I’m going to improve every room, no matter how much it costs or how much it costs or how much much work it will take.”
Perhaps right now you feel like your homeschool is falling apart. The roof leaks, and the wall paper is peeling, and there are mice building nests in the walls. Just like the restoration videos of the old buildings, God can equip you to dig in and renovate to turn your entire homelife into a work of art!
Let God’s presence transform your homeschool. Listen and obey instantly. We serve a very practical God. If we are able to listen, He will tell us whether to dust or vacuum first. He will tell us when to start phonics and when to lay off teaching long division.
It’s OK to make lists, but then put them away and start out. What will your vision include? Can you be faithful to put God first? If you pray and study His Word as your greatest priority, it will give the devil a huge defeat!
Remember, it’s “…not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts,” and, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
There is natural knowledge, and there is revelation knowledge. One is only as powerful as this earthly life, the other is the quickened logos (word) of God–the Rhema word of God. The Bible says we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Here are some other scriptures for you to study on this subject:
1 Peter 1:18
1 Corinthians 15:50
God knows the needs of those around us, and He desires to partner with us to meet those needs. He is waiting for us to be available and listening so He can lead us to write that sweet note, have that quiet talk, take that cup of tea, speak that word of correction and encouragement.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.Proverbs 25:11
Your breakthrough is just around the corner. If you quit, only the devil will win. If you keep on, Christ will get the victory!
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