|Posted on April 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM|
Have you ever wondered how you thought Homeschooling would be a utopia of mother/child bliss? (Well, in many ways, it is! ) But there are times that you feel like walking out the back door, letting out a blood-curdling scream, and then calming yourself to re-enter the fray. Even after 26 years of homeschooling, I have to admit that I still have "those days". Like today for instance: My day started out with our dog running after a squirrel and then leaving a deposit in our neighbor's yard. After catching him, returning him to our house, going back out and cleaning up the "deposit", I come back inside only to notice all the wet grass clippings all over my shoes, my linoleum floor and carpet. (Let's see you ladies diagram that run-on, compound-complex sentence LOL) I swept the linoleum, and cleaned the carpet , and with a sigh, sat down to read my Bible. I got 3 verses in when my husband asked me to find something for him & make his lunch as he had to hurry off to work. And so goes the rest of my day -- purposing to "do" something, only to be interupted and side-lined, it seemed, at every step.
With those thoughts in mind, I thought I would remind myself, and maybe even offer some encouragement to you as well, with some thoughts:
1.) The The plans that I make for the day AND the interruptions that happen all work together for God's good working in my life. (I don't know why, but I often forget this). In the scriptures it says that man plans but God ordains. I need to embrace the "interruptions" instead of finding them a source of frustration or irritation.
2.) God is more interested in teaching eternal truth and developing Christ-likeness, than in my having a well-ordered day and accomplishing educational and personal goals. (The latter are good and necessary; but the former are more excellent)
3.) God wants me to look to HIM for strength, wisdom, and Godly fruit (patience, kindness, joy, etc) -- often when I am following "my" plans, I am moving in my own strength, wisdom, and virtues. Interruptions bring out 1 of 2 responses: fleshly desires (dissatisfaction, frustration, irritation, anger, etc) or reliance on HIM (His strength, wisdom and Godly fruit). Let's see, hummm, which one is better?
So, bottom line, hang in there dear sisters in Christ! And eagerly look for interruptions and rejoice that God is not only interested in you accomplishing much during the day, but even more in accomplishing HIS work in your life as well.
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