Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We can do it…

Nothing More to Give by Alpha Omega Publications
Wednesday / May 12, 2010

"It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect" (Psalm 18:32).

Do you ever wake up and feel like you have nothing left to give as a homeschooling parent? During one quiet morning as I looked out the kitchen window, I felt exhausted physically, financially, and emotionally. I just wanted my house to be clean, but as I looked around the house, each task I had accomplished seemed to have been replaced by ten others. Laundry, dishes, and dirt seemed to be everywhere. Added to this overwhelming burden was a mountain of schoolwork waiting to be graded and lessons needing to be planned. I felt depleted to the point of despair and prayed, "Lord, I'm so tired. Will I ever finish all this work?"

The struggle to find strength for the battle is nothing new. We can quit homeschooling, but if countless other Christians have remained steadfast through their difficult times, we can too. Clearly, believing the old saying, "When life gets tough, the tough get going," isn't the answer. As Christian homeschooling parents, we already know we don't have the ability to conjure up strength on our own. The strength lies in our attitude toward God and acknowledging our dependency on Him. Like Paul, we must learn "for when I am weak, then am I strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10b). Like a little child strengthened by his parents to lift objects much too heavy for himself, we can rediscover God's strength to move mountains of housework, schoolwork, or whatever comes our way.

If you are experiencing homeschool burnout and finding yourself shutting down, God is waiting for you. Your all-powerful and loving heavenly Father has the strength you need to face today, tomorrow, and even eternity. Stop thinking about what you can't do. Start depending on God and find out what you can do through Him today. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

Lord, homeschooling is impossible without You. Show me how to cling to You and lift me above the weight of each day's tasks. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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  1. Feeling burnt out on live in general, I was greeted by this quote first thing this morning: We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.
    -- Joseph Campbell :)

    Then I open my blogger account and the first THREE posts are on this exact thing with yours being the 2nd. "It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect" (Psalm 18:32).

    I thing Someone is trying to tell me something. About time I listen. Thank you! :)

  2. What a relief to know that I'm not the only one. : ) I homeschool my 5 oldest and have two little ones to tend to as well and my strength is gone. Thanks for being so honest. I would not trade homeschool for the greatest school in America but wow.... can it get old.
    Depending on my Savior!

  3. What an encouragement you are! Thank you for sharing this. He is the source of all strength and wisdom.

    I've been praying for wisdom and a new "vision" for our home school. I believe that when lose that, it is that much harder to thrive or even survive!

  4. Oh my goodness! I love the quote that Christie mentioned. I might have to steal that one for my blog! It speaks to exactly what I'm doing right now...whew!

  5. You know what I love most - is that our God is able to do exceedingly more than we ask and He loves to do it!

    You know what I love even more than that - that we my friends can encourage one another to not get caught up in the day to day but in HIM! Get so wrapped up in Him and what He is doing and will do - that nothing can stop us from achieving our goals, hopes and dreams for His children!

    Now that is a life more abundantly wouldn't you agree?

    Love to you all!

  6. Jill , if I were to do it all again I would homeschool my children. School is not a safe place to send your children to anymore, they are young and vulnerable and easily impressed and often times the school environment can be harmful. I've offered to homeschool my 2 youngest boys and they are totally against it, ages 11 and 12. My daughter, age 3, will most likely be homeschooled.
    Please know that you are an inspirationa and an amazing warrior of God's kingdom.

  7. Love this post! I am your newest follower. I find that my worst homeschooling days are the ones that I don't first spend time with God and ask for help.

  8. Here comes a great, big hug Jill! Ready...okay, squeeze! (smile)

    We all have these times. Your post today reminded me of when I was teaching middle school for a paycheck. I don't know if this brings you any comfort, but the other side isn't any greener. I remember only having ONE child, teaching all day, coming home to laundry, dishes, cooking/baking and the GRADING...oh the GRADING. Parent calls never ended and the planning was never finished. I taught English, so the essays (there was no easy multiple choice to grade!) piled up and I had hundreds of papers each night.

    God has CALLED you to do this. What a testimony to others that you can still abide in Jesus even though you're 'spent' and maxed out. HE DOES GIVE US STRENGTH!

    Keep on, keepin' on - In Jesus!

  9. Thank you Jill!!! I SOOO needed to read this!!!


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