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God’s Investment Strategy

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to bid adieu to 2014, we want to encourage you with these words:

“We have thought, O God, on Your loving-kindness.” (Ps. 48:9a)

December is a good time to reflect on your homeschool this year because you need to be refreshed before diving into a new year!

Carol Becker
Carol
Becker

Diane Kummer
Both of HSLDA’s high school consultants homeschooled their children from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Learn more >>

As homeschooling parents, you invest a great deal in your children. In like manner, God has invested much in you during this past year. Let’s consider His investment strategy.

God Values Perseverance

If you were to describe yourself at the beginning of 2014, and compare it with a description of yourself now, what words come to mind? Are you the same or is there a difference? Don’t be afraid to list adjectives that are good, not-so-good, and less-than-flattering. We know that “tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Rom. 5:3–4) Because tribulation seems like an appropriate word to describe a year of homeschooling, it follows that God has been investing considerably in you this past year. Who you are today is a direct result of God investing in your life.

We wonder, do words that describe perseverance show up on your list? Call it coasting when everything is clear sailing but perseverance when the way is difficult. Much about homeschooling teens requires perseverance, and God must highly esteem perseverance because tribulation is what He uses to produce this costly character trait in us. Are you in the waiting mode relating to one or more situations in your homeschool? The word wait is used many times in Scripture and always has as its object God! Whatever you are waiting for—a more motivated teen, a renewed vision for homeschooling, or possibly a more involved spouse—place your focus on a faithful God and know that your waiting is not in vain. It is producing perseverance.

God Values Grace

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:15-16)

As homeschoolers, we are often in great need, and God always meets our need with His grace. One definition of grace is God’s loving-kindness offered generously to those who don’t deserve one drop of it. Grace is God’s automatic yet heartfelt response to the undeserving. Fortunately, that means we all qualify! Jesus Christ has opened the floodgates so that we can bring the good, the painful, and the confusing to His throne where we will always find bountiful, abounding and kind-hearted grace awaiting us. We need to think long and deeply on God’s ever-present loving-kindness that showers us with grace. He brings healing to our battered souls. Has 2014 brought more disappointment than joy into your homeschool? Are you beaten down and weary with exhaustion as you interact with your teen? As the song by Cates and Wood asks,

“Depth of mercy, can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?”

The answer is yes, yes, and yes!

God Values Character

We wonder, do words that describe character show up on your list? As you read through Psalms, be struck anew by David’s honesty before the LORD. He never white-washes his problems or ignores his situation, and he often inquires of the LORD.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties.
And see if there is any wicked way in me;
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
(Ps. 139:23-24)

Ask God to search you so that you can clearly see what He already knows. Only God can show us true pictures of ourselves. In our core being, do we know that we wear a righteous robe that Christ has purchased for us? One we can never lose or ever stain? Let’s spend time reflecting on God’s loving-kindness in exchanging our sin for Christ’s righteousness. (2 Cor. 5:21) Let’s stop struggling to make ourselves good enough. Think long and deeply on God’s steadfast love in giving us an incorruptible right standing before Him. Our thirsty spirits will be refreshed with peace when we see ourselves complete in Christ because this is truly how God sees us.

God Values Hope

We wonder, do words that describe hope show up on your list? Hope isn’t wishful thinking; hope is strong and sure because it is faith in the future that God has promised and already purchased. (Heb. 11:1, 2 Cor. 1:20) The outcome is sure even if there is still a long path full of unexpected twists and turns. Would that be an appropriate description of your homeschool this past year? Our hope is grounded like an anchor in every one of God’s promises. God says that His loving-kindness “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” (1 Cor. 13:7) Feast on “nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:39b) This all-encompassing love will nourish your hungry hearts and overflow into an outpouring of love, affection, kindness, and gentleness towards your teens.

Let’s think long and deeply on God’s loving-kindness. “But God, who is rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us even though we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ … that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2: 4-5, 7) God has been remarkably busy investing in us this year. His dividends accrue for eternity, and His investments become more valuable each year. Let this truth refresh us, dear ones, because God has great plans for your homeschool in 2015!

Rejoicing along with you,

Carol Becker and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Consultants

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