Fresh Perspective

30 Sep

God works in wonderful ways.  He always puts the right people in my path when I need it the most.

I’m almost four weeks into our new school year, and honestly I’m exhausted.  I spend on average two hours per night planning, checking and preparing our workboxes.  Many evenings, I don’t walk upstairs from the basement classroom until after 10 p.m. – just in time to go to bed.  I miss my life and my husband!

Something has to change.  I cannot believe that God intended our homeschool to literally consume me.

In my frustration, I made a remark on Face Book and one of my wise friends immediately messaged me.  We’ve been chatting back and forth all day!  She reminded me of the old acronym: K.I.S.S. or Keep It Simple, Sweetie!  How so?  She recommended a website to me, www.robinsoncurriculum.com and advised me to learn about Dr. Art Robinson’s methodology.  On the website, I clicked on a video of Dr. Robinson talking about his experience in homeschooling.  Enlightening.

Praise God for giving me the gift of another selfless, lovely homeschooling mother of seven.  Her breadth of knowledge has lifted me out of my darkened hole and awakened my spirit to new possibilities.  For that, I’m grateful to her and to our patient Lord.

I am reminded of His great presence in my life by Dr. Charles Stanley’s Sept 29th Daily Devotional: 

God’s Provision 
Matthew 14:22-34

No one gets through life without trials.  Realistically, you are either in a storm, just getting out of a one, or about to enter a turbulent time.  That is the bad news. Thankfully, we serve a good God who provides beautifully—especially during the dark periods of life.

Today’s passage tells of a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus provides for us today just as He did for His disciples in that unsettling situation.  Today, we will focus on ways that He does this.

First, the Father gives Christians His presence and the promise that He will never leave (Heb. 13:5-6).  This is, perhaps, the greatest gift because from this awareness, He offers a sense of comfort, courage, and confidence.

Second, the Lord blesses His children with a pathway through trouble.  He is in total control of our storm and will use the trial for His purpose.  We may not understand, but we can trust His hand to guide us and accomplish good.  Sometimes the reason and benefit of a difficulty will becomes obvious, while in other cases, it may never be clear.

Third, the Father offers believers the potential to grow.  Hardships are exercises in trust and times to learn more fully who God is and how great His power and love are.

No one enjoys trials.  But remember to express gratitude for God’s hand in your life and the way He will use the adversity.  Hardships are chances to trust your Creator and to know Him better.  Of course, they are painful, but don’t waste the opportunity to become all the Lord has planned for you. 

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