I’ve had the rare privilege of attending two women’s conferences this spring…no, not to speak, as so many have asked me, but to just be a mom and soak up some much-needed fellowship and refreshment in this so far, 22-year journey of home schooling my children. How I needed that!
I don’t care what any veteran might tell you to the contrary—being a mom is hard work, no matter how long you’ve been one. Likewise, home schooling is rarely easy (like rolling-out-of-bed easy)!
I admit some days are much easier than others. That’s why I’m writing this post today. *smile* March 11, 2013 will go down in the Klicka family history as one of our vastly better days, marked by—
- Cheerful hearts (every one of my kids…even me!)
- Self discipline in chores with no complaining
- Devotions done with an eagerness to hear from God
- Schoolwork done without any reminders on my part
- Spirited discussions engaged in (this happens every day!), yet with no mean spiritedness, unkind words or hurt feelings
- Meaningful time with individual kids talking about life and goals and dreams
Was there something I did today differently than any other day to make this day go better than so many other days? No. It was all the grace of God. “Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace to cover all my sin,” as the old familiar hymn says…
What I fail to realize sometimes, however, is that every day is all about God’s grace. After 23 years of home schooling, I thought I would have learned this. Somehow, though, I fall into the regular trap of thinking I have contributed to making our day go smoothly. That’s not to say we don’t plan, pray, train, live orderly lives, etc. But it does mean that without the blessing of the Lord our efforts are all in vain. Reminds me of a verse, Psalm 127:1-2:
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
While initially these verses may seem to downplay our role in being life-givers, nurturers, teachers, and kingdom-builders, this is not the case. God loves to show His strength in our weakness, and it is when we realize that apart from Him we can do nothing, we can be truly fruitful. With Him we can plant seeds of life and truth and love into our children’s hearts and minds which God then waters and causes to grow into lives marked by kindness, diligence, love for truth and each other, passion for God’s Word and holiness, and faithfulness in the little and big things!
At the end of our day “made in heaven” may my lips utter only praise and thanksgiving to our heavenly Father for what He has done…in me and in my children.
There's no place like home,