See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
A commenter asked in my last post if I considered myself a very organized person. After I was able to catch my breath from laughing myself silly, I thought I had better address what kind of person I am and how that plays into my homeschooling.
I am definitely not an organized person. I don't like to make lists, nor do I enjoy checking things off of lists. Plastic containers and drawers and boxes with color coded lids don't do anything for me, nor do fancy label makers.
I am not patient. I am messy. I complain too much. I don't enjoy waking up early, and I am lazy.
I could go on, but you probably get the idea. I am a flawed human being. I struggle. I sin and fall short.
Thank God, though, that I have been redeemed and I am no longer a slave to sin, but a slave to righteousness. For this reason, I go to bed each night committed to doing better the next day. I ask God for patience and strength and endurance to complete this thing I have taken on in a way that will bring glory to Him.
I believe that the task my husband and I have taken on is an important one worth sacrificing for. We pray that we will bring glory to God by raising up godly children who will impact the kingdom for the cause of Christ.
You may have notice that I italicized "if things go according to plan" in Part 2 of this series. There are plenty of times each day that my plans are ruined. Those are the times that I have to remind myself that God may have different plans for me that day.
Maybe the literature lesson was interrupted for the third time in less than 15 minutes when the baby decided to paint her bed with the contents of her diaper* because I needed to teach my children how to handle a frustrating situation with humor and patience. Perhaps it was an answer to a prayer to allow me to grow in patience and gentleness.
Hopefully, I take the interruptions as they come and use them as an opportunity to grow in the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.
And hopefully, I get right back to my schedule real quick like before any more interruptions happen.
When people ask me "How do you do it?" I want them to know I can't do it on my own. BUT "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" AND "my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus."
That is the only way I can do it.
Relying on God.