In This Alone

This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me,that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 9:23-24

In_This_AloneI admit, there are times when my vision becomes skewed. It is in these moments, the Lord must remind me it is in Him alone I am satisfied.

How often do we start idolizing the things around us? Our spouses, our children, and our family can become the focus of our lives. Our jobs, our homes, and our financial status can start to define us.

What about our homeschooling? Do we boast in our ability to homeschool or to homeschool well? Has homeschooling itself become the very center of our lives, instead of the values upon which homeschooling was built? Has progress, for the sake of progress, become our goal?

May we not make an idol out of homeschooling itself. May we not focus on the act, the daily progression of lessons. Instead, let us rejoice in our children’s ability to draw closer to the Lord. May our homeschooling be a means of helping our children understand Christ better, and may we boast in this alone, that our children walk with God.

🔔Time to Chime In: Take a moment to brag about what the Lord has been doing in your homeschooling. How is He working in your lives?

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4 thoughts on “In This Alone

  1. How I view it: God draws us towards himself. We have a lesson outline, carefully chosen budget, routine and curriculum, but more often than not, I see his provision and creativity land beyond anything that we had planned. God was working on it long before I turned up with my “have-to-do-or-else” checklist in hand. A few examples: As teachers, we are constantly being taught or Study Hamlet, then a Shakespearean company comes to town to perform it. God, though the Holy Spirit steps in. He makes it more than it was or could have been. In a sense, God breathes life into it. Energising our direction. Evidenced by a fresh creative spur, or a sudden change in how and what the subject is that is being taught, we are reminded of the need to rest discipline, targets and outcomes on God’s grace. Even when we reflect on those broken-down, laggy, repetitive, painfully dull and mundane days, we’d be able to find some point at which we can be grateful for God’s movement and inspiration. [as hard as that can be :)]

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    • It’s amazing, isn’t it, how God works it all out? We plan, organize, and schedule hoping it will all work out. Then, the Lord takes those plans and makes something beautiful out of them. I don’t know how many times the Lord has shown His hand in what we’re doing; I can’t even count them! Just like you, we schedule out our year, and, inevitably, when I finally step back, look at the big picture, it’s obvious God had a pattern developing which I never saw and would never have put into place on my own. He is so good, filling in gaps I didn’t know existed; adding details I couldn’t even begin to plan.

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      • “… the Lord takes those plans and makes something beautiful out of them.” This has placed a smile on my face.
        It is easy to lose ourselves in the attempt to raise our children to achieve and be successful in life. God sitting by then throws his wrench into our plans, a happy wrench, and creates an unexpected yet beautiful path we could not see for we were blind by our singular dedication.
        I look at homeschooling two-fold, I guess. First is the primary dedication to God. This is prayer whether it is once in the morning, throughout the day or specific religious prayers. There is also religious education. For us, it is separate from the other curriculum, but it is there as part of the course work. All of this is part of how we build our children. This education continues all year long for us. This is why we can be proud when our children continue on with the morals we teach.
        Second is the education we provide our children. It is designed to have our children succeed in the business of life. This education provides them the ability to function intelligently in the community.
        These two together builds a complete human. If my sons have these two once they are adults, I will consider my life not only blessed but successful for I did not hinder God or my children.

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