|We are a shoeless bunch around the house!|
Recently a reader asked how our homeschooling has changed over the years. While I am sure she was referring to methodolgy and curriculum (which I hope to tackle in my next post) I wanted to begin by sharing a big mistake that I made as a young homeschool mom.
And I wasn't just a little afraid. I was the heart palipitating, eye twitching uncontrollably, nervous sweats kind of afraid.
I was so concerned about public opinion- especially that of our extended family- that at times I was paralyzed! I began to build activities into our schedule that I hoped would appease them rather than walk in what I felt God was directing. I would spend time recalling hurtful comments and would nurse bad feelings so that their words were ever before my eyes (can you see the problem with that one?).
And although God tells us that the righteous are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1) I can tell you that I was not walking like the righteous. Instead I was all worked up. Fear had swollowed my boldness as I cast my (twitching) eye on what man wanted. It is hard to believe I gave that much power to fellow dust rather than the triune God of Scripture.
If I could go back now and have a heart to heart with that young mom who was me, I would gently take her aside, talk with her and pray with her. Directing her back to truth. The truth that sets us all free.
I would remind her that:
1. Fear is not from God. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 And if fear is not from God then we need to be wise in how we respond to it. In Philippians 4:4-7 the Lord tells us not to be anxious, but thankful and His peace will guard our hearts and minds. I love that picture of an armed guard protecting my mind. He goes on to tell us what to meditate on (and it's not the disapproval of others) and the "God of peace" will be with us.
2. The fear of man is a trap. “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 Part of the trap of fearing men is that it takes our eyes off Christ and puts them on earthly, passing things. We become tempted to live for public opinion rather than the One we must answer to.
3. We should not take to heart what people say. “Do not take to heart everything people say, let you hear your servant cursing you. For many times also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others.” Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 It is too easy for our flesh to take things to heart and leave us feeling like victims. In Ecclesiastes we see hurtful words in the context of truth. We sometimes fail others with our words and this person is doing the same thing you have done. Now is the time to pretend to be a Wemick and let it fall off.
May you seek first God and His kingdom and all will be added unto you!
Blessings dear sisters,