“It is to God’s glory and by His supernatural grace that He has allowed us homeschooling moms to go beyond ourselves. Thanks to His call and strength, many of us are moving closer to the standards proclaimed in Proverbs 31 and we thus need to recognize that our merchandise is good! I know it’s difficult to view ourselves this way when the hair is getting gray and the figure reveals our age and the number of children we’ve had. I know that victory isn’t always evident and failure not always distant. However, a proper view of our overall effectiveness in performing the tasks that God has called us to can bolster our courage. The courage needed to recognize that the future of our civilization depends very much on what we do now and how we do it. May God grant us the vision to see the fruits of His victory.” (Lessons Learned from Years of Homeschooling)
I penned these words back when I was still very much an active homeschooling mom. Now I spend much of my time encouraging those still in the season of rearing and educating their children to stay the course and not be discouraged by past failures or shortcomings.
How easy it is for a woman to spend the present full of regrets and thoughts of the past and allow mental conversations such as, “I should have done this,” or, “If only I knew then what I know now,” to haunt her. These kinds of musings can be deadly when it comes to working to further the Kingdom of God.
Either we believe God’s Word that He will work all things together for good to them that love Him and are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28), or we don’t. And unbelief is no small matter. Those who find themselves there need to repent (change direction), and live out their calling knowing that through Jesus Christ they will be made perfect (mature) in every good work to do His will, and that which is well-pleasing in His sight (Heb. 13:21).
I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works, Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. (Ps. 71:16-18)