Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Do Not Grow Weary Gal 6: 7-10

Do Not Grow Weary

Terri Miller

Galatians 6:7-10 says, "Do not be deceived,God is not mocked; for whatever
a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the
flesh reap corruption,but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap
everlasting life.And let us not grow weary while doing good,for in due
season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."(NKJV)


In a span of 10 minutes any given morning,I may be working on an algebraic
equation, explaining just why you have to invert those pesky fractions when
dividing,illustrating the life cycle of a frog and reviewing that'f'makes
the /f/ sound.Usually this is all in the middle of paying bills,balancing
a checkbook,refereeing squabbles,scrubbing the kitchen floor,and the
seemingly endless ring of the telephone.It's no wonder that at the end of
any given day,a look into my brain might reveal a substance more akin to
chocolate pudding than the gray matter,which formally resided there.


It's at the end of these days,when my brain is mush,that I sometimes will
question our decision to homeschool.Who in their right mind would trade a
profitable career for diapers and phonics cards? Who would really want the
kind of job that the requirements of which the term multi-tasking doesn't
even begin to cover?Who would want to be stuck with their children 24 hours
a day,seven days a week?Who really wants to be in charge of their
children's education?


I do.


I really do,but I need to confess that on those days when my brain has
turned to mush and my body is weary, I can become shortsighted of my
Heavenly vision,and glance toward the ways of the world. The 'world' will
counsel me that I deserve my own time, and that I need to see that my needs
are always met.The 'world' will counsel me that my children don't really
need me for insight or instruction, but that my paycheck would be very
important to my family.These thoughts can be enticing.


Thankfully,the Lord always brings me to His Word.Galatians 6:7-10 says,
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,that he
will also reap.For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap
corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap
everlasting life.And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due
season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."(NKJV)


During these times of pinching pennies,molding minds and building character
I need to keep my focus.I realize that learning to read and write and do
arithmetic is important.Keeping a home that is clean and orderly is
important.However,those things pale to the importance of training my
children in the ways of the Lord. Raising children with a Heavenly focus is
'doing good'.I must never forget that nor grow weary to that call.


Prayer:"Father,help us not to grow weary and lose heart. Be our strength.
Renew our minds.Refresh our bodies.Return to us Your vision and focus for
Your calling on our lives."


Copyright,2004.The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Used with permission.
www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com
Devotions@TOSMag.com

6 comments:

Jennefer said...

Lisa,

Thanks for sharing that. I am sitting at my computer with tears streaming down my face - not tears of sadness though. I identify with her struggle and share the hope of something greater for our children.

It's so very good to be reminded of why we do what we do.

Thanks for being a Kindred Spirit!
Jennefer

Jennefer said...

P.S.

I hope sweet RyLee is feeling much better today!

Jennefer

Tami, part-time blogger - full time scrapbooker said...

Lisa,

Thanks for posting this - I will have to come back and reread it on Monday when we get back to hitting the books!

We did school for 2 weeks and then took a week's vacation! LOL! I betcha never heard of the 2 week on/1week off schedule, eh? It's great for not growing weary. LOL!

: )
Tami

LisaWA said...

It was just to good an article not to share! It encouraged me too!

School has not happened much already this week.... still trying to be flexible..... Its working out ok.... we will just move on and do the next thing....

I was just hopping to get into a good groove before September.... oh well, maybe in September! lol

and Tami... you are right... The 2 weeks on 1 week off is new to me... but I think I like it and can relate... we are one week on and part next week off! lol *Ü*

Lisawa~

Angela said...

What a great article! This is our 1st year homeschooling and I have found that when I'm not so focused on myself and "my time" I function better. Last year I had "my time" 2 days a week while my 3yo was at Mother's Day Out and the older was at school and guess what I never got anything done. I guess my natural tendency is towards laziness but since we've started school there is not a lot of that and I know God engineered this whole thing to deal with me. He also wants us to raise children who love Him and want to serve Him so it's really exciting having them home. :) Sorry to ramble, have a great day!

Jennifer said...

I tried to leave a comment earlier and couldn't get it to work...I'm trying again. :)

I came over to tell you thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, and was *so* blessed by this article. I have struggled with the whole issue of *me time*...and I am really trying to remember this year that my heart's desire is to nurture and train my children the way God would have me to...and to *enjoy* that privilege and blessing to the fullest.

Thank you so much for posting...I've enjoyed peeking at your blog!