A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When The Lord Gives You a Special Dose of Encouragement...

This school year is drawing to a close for our family ~ we have completed 178 academic days and have completely finished almost every single subject, literally "closing the books" on the 2012-13 year. My daughter graduates in TEN DAYS, and in a few short months she will head off to Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. How strange it will be to have two kids in college (my son will be a junior at Wheaton College next year), with only three children still at home!! If you're wondering whether or not the old adage about the days being long but the years being short is true, well, I can tell you that it is indeed true. Very true. Where does the time go?

As I was considering what the last five years of homeschooling will look like for me, the Lord showed me a verse from His Word that is now my "life verse" for these last five years.

     ~ Isaiah 65:23 says "They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune, for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them." ~

Isn't that a great verse to encourage me as I finish well the race laid out before me, and as I begin to embark upon life with adult children? God is truly good to me!

And since God is no respecter of men, I believe He is just as willing to provide you with the encouragement you need for your homeschool journey, whether you are nearing the end of your time homeschooling or are just starting out. Seek Him, through prayer and by getting into the Word on a regular (ideally daily) basis, and believe that He has a specific verse (or verses) for you. Don't be surprised by the verses He leads you to and lays upon your heart; they don't always seem to be what we were expecting, but they do always prove to be perfect for our unique situations.

Write them down in a place where you will see them often, and read them over and over again. In this way God's Word will take root deep in your heart and mind, renewing your thinking, changing your attitudes, refreshing your soul, and preparing you for the work He is planning to do in your life and your children's lives. You will find yourself able to know the Lord's perfect and pleasing will, and will be spiritually equipped for each day's challenges.

All that just from asking the Lord to give you a specific verse, you ask? My answer is - Yes, all that and so much more. Often times we receive so little of what He has for us simply because we believe Him for so little. Go out on a faith-limb and believe Him for something bigger than you believed Him for yesterday, do the same thing tomorrow, and so on. Re-read the promises H gives you until they are cemented in your mind and cannot be forgotten. And count on Him to do immeasurably more than you can think, ask or imagine. He will do it, because He is faithful and true.

If you have a verse that God has given you that has been a source of strength and encouragement, I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment, please! I love to hear how the Lord is working in the hearts of my fellow homeschooling moms.

Believe Him for something big today ~ He's a mighty God who delights in showing His might to his children.

Lord bless you!

Day 263 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Revealing Jesus ~ A 365-Day Devotional (by Darlene Zschech)

Most people recognize the name Darlene Zschech as the worship leader from Australia who penned the song "Shout to the Lord". So I was very interested in reading the devotional book Revealing Jesus ~ after all, someone who has such a tremendous heart for the Lord (as revealed in her worship music) probably has some profound things to share in a daily devotional.

I wasn't disappointed.

Revealing Jesus takes the reader day-by-day on a journey to greater depth and intimacy with the Lord. Each month begins with a quote taken from the lyrics of a worship song, and the devotionals build one upon another. However, you could easily pick this book up in, say, the middle of June and be challenged to grow in your faith just as much as if you began reading it on the first of January.

Starting with a Bible verse and ending with a prayer, each day's reading spurs the reader on toward love and good works, encouraging with truth and forthrightness that leave you thinking more deeply about the things of God. With strong conviction and an understanding heart, Darlene Zschech's writes to make an impact without the sting of judgement. Revealing Jesus is a devotional that can be read year after year.

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5.

(Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from Bethany House. All opinions shared here are solely my own.)

Day 262 done :)

Jan L. Burt