Mama Fears and God’s Answers

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When we began homeschooling in 1990, I told people: “We’re going to try it for a year. I’m sure I won’t ruin them in a year.”

Frankenmuth, Michigan in 1991 001
And here’s photo proof from Frankenmuth, Michigan, in the fall of 1991 that I did not ruin them in a year. 

My “We’re going to try it for a year . . . .” statement was not exactly the most confident statement I’ve ever made — and not the most faithful either.

Yesterday our minister talked about reactions individuals in the Bible had when God called them to do something. He pointed out Moses and Gideon who doubted their own ability to do what God wanted them to do. I grabbed a scrap of paper and started scribbling because I thought of you.

I know that many of you — maybe most of you — maybe all of you feel like Moses and Gideon in one way or another.

When God told Moses that He was going to send him to Pharaoh so that he could bring the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses said, “Who am I . . . .?” and “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say?”

When God called Gideon to lead the Israelites during the time of the Judges, Gideon asked, “O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.”

“Something Is Wrong with Me”

Gideon doubted his ability because he was the youngest in the family. In other words he believed he was in a position of being inferior. Perhaps feelings of inferiority have made homeschooling your children difficult for you.

“Something is Wrong with My Family”

Gideon saw his family as insignificant because it was small. A mama might see her family as insignificant for many reasons. Maybe her family’s standard of living is low in comparison to people she knows. Maybe her husband’s occupation isn’t one that receives much respect. Maybe she grew up in a broken home and fears that she doesn’t know what it takes to build a godly family.

“Something is Wrong with My Relationship with My Child”

Moses asked God: “What if they will not . . . listen to what I say?” I’ve certainly heard that one. It goes like this: “I could never homeschool. My children would never listen to me.” A mama who has made the decision to homeschool has gotten far enough past that one to decide to give homeschooling a try, but she may still doubt whether her child will respect her enough to listen.

We all have doubts. Sometimes we are humble enough to admit them. Moses’ and Gideon’s problems were in where they placed their trust.

Moses and Gideon felt incapable to do what God called them to do. They were right. They were incapable to do that, but God had a solution.

Their problem was that they were looking at their own capabilities to determine whether they could do what God wanted them to do. What they failed to believe was that God was their Strength and that He would provide what they needed when they needed it.

He did that for Moses and Gideon. He will do it for you, too — even if it is beyond what you could ask or imagine.

And He said, “Certainly I will be with you . . . . “
Exodus 3:12

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

Even homeschool successfully.




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One comment

  1. Awesome message!!! I do doubt my abilities but then I remember that I’m not doing this, but God is. That usually drives the panic away. Awesome message.

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