Friday, January 25, 2013

Mom, You Have What It Takes!

When I was just beginning to homeschool my first child, and that was shortly after his birth. a older women in the faith told me about just what that was supposed to look like and be like that inspired me all of these years.

Today I want to pass on that nugget of knowledge to you that are thinking about homeschooling and those that have been homeschooling for years. Satan would love for you to buy in to the idea that there is no way that you could possible provide for your children a suitable education. The world's philosophy is that everyone should have the same opportunities and the same options in their schooling.  This is NOT God's philosophy.

The bible teaches that parents are to bring up their children and that everyone has different gifts and that not everyone can be called to the same thing.

If we didn't have some that were manual workers then the scientist and presidents would have no one to build their roads or cook their meals or make their beds, you get the idea. Everyone has worth to God in whatever occupation that they serve in.

God has given mothers and fathers a responsibility to raise their children for the Lord. He will provide for you what ever you need to bring up your children the way he wants them to be raised. There will be somethings that you are not good at but then you don't need to be. Then there will be other interests that God calls you to learn and teach to your children. Sometimes, God will provide a way for your children to learn or experience a certain activity that you hadn't thought of like a internet class or a friend who wants to teach them.

Don't buy into the propaganda that there is no way for you to provide all of the equipment or all of the books or knowledge because God already has that under control.  That is his area of concern. The impossible will be made possible through Christ! What your child needs is what you can give them. Use the gifts and talents that are specific to you. Do what you enjoy. If its growing plants, crochet, baking or crafting. If its reading or writing, experimenting or building; do what God has put in to your heart to do. Teach those things to your children when you do them. Let them be your helpers as little ones as older ones give them your tools and let them try it for them selves with your supervision.

 For all of the other things that you have on your heart that you can not provide right now just pray about them and wait on the Lord.

When someone tells you that they could never do what you are doing as a homeschooling parent look at them and agree and then say no but God has made you unique and you could do it another way and have great results as well!

We are all called to put the same principles and the same gospel into our children but that does not produce adults with the same callings in life. Enjoy being who you are. God made you to be just the right parent to teach your child. He brought you together from birth or even if you have adopted he put you together. God does this with purpose he makes no mistakes.  Quit trying to fit into the mold that others have for you to follow and follow the path that God has for you to follow. Only listen to counsel that lines up with scripture.

Proverbs 22:6

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Have you ever ran into this train of thought? Has this mindset ever slowed down your homeschooling efforts?   Please join in on the conversation so we can learn from each other and be encouraged in the Lord. 

Herb First Aid with 7Song

Making Something Out of Nothing; 10 Plus Depression Busters

Luke 19:21 

For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down , and reapest that thou didst not sow .

We have the power to take what little we have and make something more out of it in Christ. If we give up because we have nothing then we will never see the miracles of God. Make something out of nothing today!
Here are some ways to see this unfold:

1. Clean a cluttered room.
2. Make a simple homemade meal.
    rice and beans
    baked bread
3. Clean out a really dirty cabinet, drawer, or closet.
4. Have a play day with the kids.
5. Read a book with your children.
6. Sing songs with the children.
7. Read the Bible with the children.
8. Tickle the children.
9. Is there a "dohicky" or a "whatchamacallit" that you are wanting, something that would make the house a better home but you just don't have the funds? Is there a cute "thingyhopper" that you have really wanted to wear or see your child in but can run out and buy?
 Sit down and find someone who has made one (pinterest is a good place to look) and then determine how you could make one too with what you have on hand. Don't complain about it. Do something about it!
10. Is there somewhere you need to go? Make it today and make it fun even if it is to the store or to the post office and you have to walk.
11. Plant something and watch it grow. Even if you have to plant it indoors and keep a fish tank light over it to help it grow. (that's my new project, growing tomatoes with a fish tank light)

Purpose not to be a defeated person. You are only defeated when you allow yourself to be.

II Timothy 1:7
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

If the Lord has only given you a little then don't waste that little that you have make it multiply.

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