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    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.

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Keep a Quiet Heart

Nothing in my life has developed my patience more than being a mother. The decision to homeschooling (many, many years ago) sealed the deal that I was in for some solid, hard-core training in the area of patience. Early in my homeschooling career, I read a book by Elisabeth Elliott called Keep a Quiet Heart.  It is a beautiful collection of devotionals taken from Elisabeth's newsletters. I've included an excerpt that affected me deeply and changed my thinking. Recalling the words in this article when I was tempted to be impatient about what I viewed as interruptions to my day or work helped me see those interruptions in a completely different light. Read it slowly...really take in what she is saying.


quiet heart

Do Not Rush.

Trust.

And Keep a Quiet Heart.


I think I find most help in trying to look on all the interruptions and hindrances to work that one has planned out for oneself as discipline, trials sent by God to help one against getting selfish over one's work. Then one can feel that perhaps one's true work – one's work for God - consists in doing some trifling haphazard thing that has been thrown into one's day. It is not a waste of time, as one is tempted to think, it is the most important part of the work of the day – the part one can best offer to God. After such a hindrance, do not rush after the planned work; trust that the time to finish it will be given sometime, and keep a quiet heart about it.

Annie Keary, 1825-1879


For this "get 'er done" mom, this stops me in my tracks. How many times has a perfectly good lesson plan or schedule been "interrupted" by a child's question, heart issue, or the other hundred things that are "hindrances" in my day? I think she is absolutely right. My true work for God is handling those "interruptions" with grace, love, kindness, and patience. Just that change in mindset - from something being an interruption or hindrance to it being the very work the Lord has given me - helps moves me closer to keeping a quiet heart. I pray it helps you, too!


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