Do you sometimes feel discouraged by trying to do all the daily tasks of running a household while homeschooling your children? Today on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith and author Marilyn Rockett offer some encouragement.
As we end this series on organization, what words of encouragement might you share with moms who are struggling to juggle all of their responsibilities, Marilyn?
Moms, it’s difficult to picture your resistant toddler or your challenging elementary child as a responsible, loving adult. But those little muddy footprints across the kitchen floor will get bigger before you know it. What you’re doing is not menial. You don’t get do-overs in this job, so make the most of your very short time. I love a quote from A. A. Milne—who created Winnie the Pooh. “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” You want your home to reflect the Lord and not to be all mixed up. So learn from your mistakes, admit what you don’t know and laugh about it as you learn and teach your children. Seek wise council. Be willing to change to bring order to your home. And most important, always remember that it’s God who supplies the strength, wisdom, and courage to do your job. I’ll end with my paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:58 that I hope encourages your heart: Therefore, my dear [sister], be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work of teaching your children and ordering your home, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Marilyn, we thank you for joining us this week. I know it’s provided a lot of helpful ideas for our listeners, and we’re grateful for it. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.