This post is shared as part of Issue #10 of "The Christian Home," a blog carnival hosted each Monday by Mrs. White at "The Legacy of Home." Visit her blog to read all the other articles shared!
I've been sorting through some older blog posts this week, and came across something I wrote last July...isn't it fun to look back over your blog and realize that you've just encouraged yourself??! Well, that's what I did! So I decided to "recycle" that portion with a few updates for today, in the hopes that it may encourage you, too.
Ecclisiastes 12:12 says, "Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh." This time of year, do I ever have weary flesh! Both of my sons are home still...Bryan is 19 and commutes daily to his community college or to his volunteer job at Kline Creek Farm; Nathan is 17.5 and a junior in our homeschool high school, but takes several classes at the local community college. Since he doesn't have his drivers license yet, I drive him to the college 5 days a week...and to math team practices twice a week...and to golf lessons and practice 2 or 3 times a week...and to German club; I'm delighted to do it, don't get me wrong...but as weary as his flesh is from his ambitious academic schedule, mine is, too, from keeping up with it! I so want to just take a break from encouraging, from driving, from pushing and checking work, from all of it right now...but I know that just as my years of homeschooling Bryan came to their end in what seemed to be the blink of an eye, my time with Nathan is approaching its end, too, and then I will no longer be his teacher. The years of homeschooling will be behind me. Even so, it is hard to keep from letting the weariness get to me some days, especially now that the season of college entrance exams and, in the fall, college applications for Nathan are upon us (he's taking the ACT on Saturday...oh dear Lord, PLEASE bless him that day!).
Satan often works his hardest to get to us when we are sooooo close to something so amazing, so Heavenly, so much bigger than we can even realize because we allow that devil to cloud our vision with discouragement and with weariness. How often have I been like a person wearing a blindfold, trying to find my way around a room, grasping at air, reaching for my desired destination, and then turning away to go another direction trying to find the desired end, completely unaware that I was just inches from it, and had I only kept going one more step, I'd have been there?
That's how homeschooling high school can feel sometimes. I know we are soooooo close, and that God has us in the palm of His hand. I just have to put those blinders on, like the kind they put on horses so they can't see anything off to the side that will frighten or distract them; put those blinders on that block out the world's shouts of, "give up, it's too much, you can't get it all done!" Walking with Jesus is sometimes a happy hop, skip, and jump...other times it's one foot in front of the other, trusting the One who holds my hand and leads that He will see this good work which He began until the Day of its completion. I don't have to make it happen. He'll do it. I just have to follow and obey.
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