January days tend to be bleak, dreary, and L-O-N-G for homeschool families. And the homeschooling mother usually bears the burden of keeping the household positive and upbeat during January (and February, into March...). But moms need a dose of encouragement in order to keep being a source of encouragement to their families. Today's post is about finding that encouragement in the Lord.
Hebrews 11:33-34 says, "By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight."
How did they do what they did? They did it BY FAITH. Due to their faith, God made their weakness to be strength (something that happens only in God's economy). They stared down the toughest of times, scariest trials, tremendous obstacles, worst case scenarios - all BY FAITH. And that same faith is available to us as homeschooling moms, right now, today. If faith enabled them to face their giants, then I can certainly rely on the Lord through faith to gift me with the ability to be a source of encouragement to my family during the long winter months of homeschooling!
Be sure to make time with the Lord a priority as a mom. He is the source of your strength, and He take the time you give Him and multiply it back to you in infinite measure. He's always ready and waiting to spend time with you; an awesome thought, really - the God of the universe waits to spend time with you! We should race to spend time with Him; rush to be in His presence. It's a privilege and a right unique to us as His children, but we gain none of the promised blessing if we fail to meet with Him. You cannot enjoy a gift that you fail to open!
Ephesians 3:20 reads, "Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope."
Why not take advantage of His mighty power at work within you today? Spend time with the King of kings and Lord of lords, and prepare to be amazed at what He will accomplish through you! Your family will be blessed and those long, dreary winter homeschool days will be filled to overflowing with more than you could ever ask, dream, or imagine!
Keep on keeping on by keeping Jesus first in your heart!
Day 150 done :)
Jan L. Burt