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Thankful in All Circumstances

by Carrie Raab on November 8, 2011

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

 

November is a month of Thankfulness and reflecting back on all that you have and to rejoice and be glad in it. We are called to be joyful always, give thanks continuously, and to pray without ceasing.

I am always thankful that I am a child of God, I am Daddy’s girl, thankful for my family and friends, thankful for the obvious, but never taken for granted of food, clothing and shelter. Today, however, I want to share how I am thankful to be a homeschool mom.

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I am thankful

I am thankful to be homeschooling my children.  I am thankful that they are home with me and that I have them under my wings to teach them according to His ways and to know deep down in my heart, that when they are old, they will not depart from it.  Having my children home with me day to day holds me greatly accountable to being a Godly mother.  I am held accountable for my actions/reactions, my children’s actions/reactions, and how we are living moment to moment to please and glorify the Lord in all we say and do.  I am not saying “we have arrived” as we fall short constantly, but we do have Him as our greatest desire in our lives. I am thankful that I get to teach my children and I truly know what they grasp and what is just thrown into short term memory.  I am thankful for the bond that we have.  I am thankful that I constantly hear throughout the day, the random, “I love you mom.”  I am thankful that my children want me to teach them.  I am thankful that they love being home.  I am thankful for the bond that we have with one another.  I am thankful that this is how my son likes to do school.  (see the photo… he will just periodically grab my hand while he is doing school and simply hold it.  He will also randomly lean over and give me a kiss and say, “I love you.”)

thankful to be homeschooling

Thankful for accountability

I am thankful that not only do I hold my children accountable for their actions/reactions, but they hold me accountable as well.  We are a family, a team, and we do not fight against flesh and blood, and so we are here to encourage one another and build one another up in faith and unity.  I have given my children permission, in a humble, submissive way, to tell mommy when her heart is not in alignment with God.  I have grown so much just by humbling myself to show my children, “I am not perfect” and I need my heart worked on as well.  This has brought such a closeness between the boys and I.  They no longer look to “Me” as the perfect one, or the one to model after, but they look to “Christ” as the perfect one. Paul says to “imitate me, as I imitate Christ”, so as long as I am imitating Christ in my home, my children will follow suit.   

Maintaining a heart of thankfulness

Homeschooling day to day, week to week, year after year can be a challenge.  I do not want my children nor myself to ever miss the big picture as to why we are homeschooling.  God has called me to do this, and we must be faithful and obedient to His calling.  I  must stay in a place of His sustaining love and grace, and so must my children.  In life, there are highs and lows, and so it is with homeschooling.  We have our good days and our bad, but we always keep our hearts on the good and what He is doing in the midst of it all.  Everything that comes our way, must become a teachable moment.  How can we learn and grow from our mistakes?  Will we allow God to mold and shape us and possibly even break us?  He is the potter and we are the clay!  Mold us and shape us, I pray!  

What are you thankful for today?

Please share with me your storiesI want to know what you are thankful for.  Let’s spread our thankfulness, as people need to be reminded of the good things in life.  Will you share your story?  You can be the one that someone needs to hear from.  Your story might be the very story they need to hear!  Post it below.

“Thanks” for sharing! 

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