• Discipleship

    Raising our children and educating them could be described as, "a long obedience in the same direction." The longer we homeschool, the more we believe that to be obedient, to stay on the "narrow pathway" that Jesus described, we need the Lord desperately, and we also need each other.

  • Encouragement

    Encourage means, "to inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; hearten."


    "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up." I Thessalonians 5:11


Pray Hands

In the throes of diaper changes, sleepless nights, character building (for me and the children), and with a child attached to my hip, I asked a woman that had children older than my own how she did “it”?  I was looking for encouragement and the secrets to parenting that can only be spoken from one who has been at child rearing for an extended period of time. I leaned in as I waited for her words of wisdom to flow over me and infuse into my being for surely this would make me a better mother – a patient, prepared, joyful, and loving mother with a clean house to boot!

The one word that transmitted, and was received into my anxious ears was this, “Pray”.  With that she turned on her heels and went on her merry way.  It is an understatement to say I was disappointed.  I was downright mad.  It seems silly now, but I was put out for years. I wondered why she held the answers so close and would not share from her experience. Isn't there an unspoken pact that mothers help mothers navigate through parenting?  In my immaturity, I didn’t understand on a deeper level that mothers are awesome, but God is GOD!

It took a couple of decades; my itty-bittys became teens and young adults. Finally, I came to the end of myself and all my best efforts.  All my acquired know-how felt like a lot of know-nothing. Although I have buckets of love for my children, it is a mere drop in the bucket compared to God's love for them.  The cherished books from which I gleen wisdom, and the invested hours spent thinking deeply to unscramble various dramas would not wield more results than the simple act of falling on my knees - and more often on my face - in prayer.

I also know now what I had no comprehension of then.  Despite the 22 years that I have been a parent, I feel less confident in myself and have become friends with humble in a way that only comes from weathering parental humiliation and insecurities.

It has come full circle, and should I be pressed to impart all the wisdom from years of parenting to another younger mother, my answer would be the same, pray.

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know, " says the  Lord."

Jeremiah 33:3(NIV)


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