Hold on to your confidence!
Confidence is powerful. The Bible encourages it, andHebrews 10:35 reminds us that
“it will be richly rewarded”.
When our confidence isrocked, our resolve is substantially weakened. We begin to second-guess ourparenting decisions and we become double-minded about our ability to carry out ourmission to homeschool. Be li
ke a dog with a bone, and don’t let go of your
Remember, we “live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38)!
As believers in a living God, let’snot separate our “Sunday faith” from our Monday mission as moms and dads! By
I encourage myself daily. By
I see my vision for my sons’ futures
unfolding before me. If we lean only upon our natural perceptions as we parent andhome educate, we can be misled and quickly become discouraged. Many, manytimes, I must lift my gaze to see
what my five senses are telling me. Faithenables me to press on. Which brings me to my next secret . . .6.
Learn to persevere.
In our high-speed, fast-food, microwave society, we want it
We have to fight our human tendency to give up too quickly. Perseverance is
defined as “steadfastness in doing something, despite difficulty or delay in achievingsuccess.”
It’s not a concept that initially summons happy thoughts, but James 1:4
promises that if we allow perseverance to
“finish its work”
in us, we’ll become
mature and complete,
Perseverance isn’t something that comesnaturally to most of us; it’s more like a muscle we must develop with consistent use.
Pray, pray, and pray!
As I reflect upon my twenty-seven years of mothering, themajority of my days have begun in the quiet of the early morning hours on my
knees, imploring God for His grace, mercy, and wisdom. I’m desperate for His help. I
picture myself in prayer, making a divine exchange. Trading my better ideas, myhuman reasoning, my secul
ar standards, my friends’ advice, for a heavenly anointing
that enables me to succeed. Prayer is a strategy I know I can trust completely. (SeeJames 5:16b.)8.
Count it all joy (James 1:2)!
As homeschooling families, each day presents us withfrequent irritations: spilled juice, dawdling students, rolling pencils, bickeringsiblings, lost books, and continual interruptions. We usually have a split second todecide whether to grumble or rejoice.
Decide to be lighthearted aboutyour light and mo
mentary afflictions (2 Corinthians 4:17), and you will sense God’s
strength filling your heart (Nehemiah 8:10).9.
Do you have a song in your heart? I’m not a gifted vocalist (and all my boyssaid “Amen!”), but as a homemaker I’ve found myself singi
ng my way through myblessings and my battles these past three decades. James 5:13 asks,
“Is any merry? let him sing psalms.”
The book of Psalms is literally a songbook filled with beautiful
words of praise to God. I believe singing God’s Word reinforces t
he Truth andeffectively drives away the dark cloud that wants to hang over our homes and lives.
“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being” (Psalm 104:33).
Be the tortoise, not the hare.
As full-time parents and home educators, we have
to think “marathon” not “sprint.” A long
-distance runner who fails to pace himself mentally and physically runs real fast at the beginning and fizzles out somewhere inthe middle.I want you to make it to the finish line, not simply
the trip but
along the way. I believe these ten timeless secrets will equip you well for the road