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Do You Feel Overwhelmed? Tags: Christian walk decisions encouragement

©Lori Laws & Write the Vision

This is what I’m hearing from so many homeschool moms. I’m not sure I can do it another year. How can I do it all? How can I do even part of it well? I hear you.

I think I felt this way ever year of our 21+ years of homeschooling. Some days I still feel that way and I’m no longer homeschooling.

Some simple things I do to handle the stress are:

1) Prioritize – This way the important things are sure to get done. There was a season in our homeschool that my husband decided that if we got devotions and Scripture memory work done we had a good day. There are seasons like that and we need to recognize them and not beat ourselves up over them.

2) You can catch up on academics but character training needs to be done daily. It’s difficult to repair character issues so we need to place these above academics. Training our children in Godly character must be at the top of the list. I know it’s challenging to stop in the middle of a lesson – again – to cover something we just covered five minutes ago, but you will reap the rewards down the road. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Gal 6:9 KJV

3) Stay in the Word. Do whatever is necessary to stay connected to the source. “I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 KJV

4) Stop and evaluate often. Talk and pray with your husband. If something isn’t working ask your husband and the Lord what you should do. Often times our husbands are looking at the big picture and see things we don’t see, and the Lord always has great ideas.

When we started homeschooling we had three children under 6 and our youngest had leukemia. When I asked the Lord how to homeschool under those circumstances He helped me plan to pack a bag of all our homeschool supplies and each time we had to make a hospital or clinic run Emily grabbed her bag and we homeschooled in waiting rooms etc. I share more in our article Homeschooling with Chronic Illness 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11 NIV He does know the plans He has for you and is anxious to share them with you – all you need to do is ask.

Finding Joy in the Journey,
Phyllis

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Cleanse us of Anything You Cannot Bless Tags: Christian walk decisions encouragement

As I began reading an e-mail, this line caught my eye and tugged at my heart. We have been discussing this very thing in our home off and on for several months. We’ve slid into making choices of good things, which has kept us from choosing the best things.

It’s easy to understand wanting to kick back and just relax after a busy day, but I’m finding that this is prime time for our enemy to attack.

I’m reminded of a verse from one of my favorite hymns Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing:

©Write the Vision

And wander we do, as we often choose the easy way – flip through the channels on the TV – allowing unwanted images to be seen by us and our children. Or surfing the net, or just wasting our time doing nothing.

Is it wrong to relax – no, hopefully you all know me well enough to know that I’m not suggesting that, but we need to be careful about how we use our discretionary time.

In our book, Purposeful Planning, we list this as one of the topics we pray about and discuss during our planning time.

In it I say, “We almost always need o make corrections. Our sin nature often just wants to take it easy.

Now there is nothing wrong with, “just taking it easy”, but sometimes what we think will refresh us really doesn’t.”

I go on to discuss a point made by Phillip and Carol Zaleski in their book, Prayer: A History:

“We are happiest when attention is absorbed in concentration or expanded beyond its habitual range. Not passively ‘relaxing’ but rather when we are fully engaged in a task that matters to us and challenges us.”

So, back to Kari’s article:

Spring Cleaning for the Soul – and Homeschool 
Kari Lewis
Home School Enrichment

She goes on to say,

“Cleanse us of anything You cannot bless. It’s pretty easy to see that we need to be cleansed of sins like pride, anger, selfishness, ugly or hateful attitudes, and other blatantly sinful or displeasing things. But this request goes so much further than merely asking to be cleansed of sinful things—things that would outright displease God.  With this statement, we’re asking God to clean everything out and leave only the things that He can bless—things that truly please a holy God!’

She pulls things together more by saying,

“There’s a big difference between getting by and getting blessed! We may be able to have things in our lives that God is not blessing, but is it wise? Galatians 6:7 tells us to “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Remember, we reap what we sow, and we reap more than we sow.  If we sow things God cannot bless, we will reap more unblessed things down the road—sounds pretty scary to me!”
As frightening as this prayer is, it is even scarier to think of the consequences of continuing to do things and walk in ways that the Lord cannot bless.

Please give some serious thought to joining me as I pray, “Lord, Cleanse me of anything You cannot bless.”

Be sure to read the entire article.

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Phyllis

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Why Use Prayer Prompts? Tags: Christian walk God's Faithfulness prayer

Why Use Prayer Prompts?

by PHYLLIS SATHER on OCTOBER 15, 2014[EDIT]

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man.”  Luke 21:36 KJV

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If you are like me, you tell people you will pray for them, and then forget. When you do remember the guilt feels overwhelming and you promise yourself that you will do better next time.

So what do you do with a verse like Luke 21:36? Pray always… If I struggle to remember to pray for friend’s requests, how do I pray always?

I’m definitely a work in process in my desire to pray for people, but I have found a couple of things that are helping me toward my desire to pray more often.

I post Scripture verses around the house. I wrote this last year, Surrounded by the Word . It might encourage you to read how simply having a few Scriptures posted thorough out your home can encourage you to pray – and prepare your heart for a quiet time.

Use recipes to remind you to pray. Sounds strange, huh? In this article Cookie MemoriesI share how I remind myself to pray for the person I got the recipe from. There are a couple of fun cookie recipes there too! I have this verse on every recipe card as a reminder,

 “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3

 I use street signs – that’s right – street signs. When we moved I found myself in unfamiliar driving situations. In an effort to learn my way around I attached people’s names to similar names of streets. It was a great way to learn my way around our new town, but I also use it as a reminder to pray for the person whose name I attached to that street name.

If someone asks me to pray in an email or on the phone, I try to stop right then and at least say a quick prayer for them.

“And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” – Luke 18:1 KJV

I also keep an ongoing list in the back of my journal. As I pray in the morning I run through that list and pray for those who need ongoing prayer.

Like I said, I’m very much a work in process in this area, but I do find these reminders helpful and I hope you will too as you put some or all of them in place in your life.

Finding Joy in the Journey,

Phyllis

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