Ten Days of Blessings — Blessing 3: Trust God today.
Are you wondering how you will get through all those homeschooling years before you?
These days my mother’s doctor takes care of her and adds in counsel for me. “The best thing you can do for her,” he says, “is to take care of you.”
Sometimes when I share my inevitable weariness with a friend, I get the wise counsel: “You just have to take it one day at a time.” It’s true. When I look far ahead and start wondering about how her care will look in the future, I can get pretty discouraged, even scared. But Ray and I can take care of Mother today.
Homeschooling mamas can get pretty scared when they look at the future, too, but you sweet mamas also have to take it one day at a time. A lifetime is a composite of days taken one day at a time. It’s silly to try to live more than one at a time. God didn’t make us that way. In His wisdom, He gave us days. He knew one day was all we could handle. Days are such a gift, especially this day, today.
God is so trustworthy. As you live this day with your children, remember His invitation in Psalm 118:24 — to rejoice and be glad in this day which He has made. Let your children see you rejoice and be glad in this day. A wonderful (and challenging) old hymn came to mind as I thought about today’s blessing:
Living by Faith
I care not today what the morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain,
The Lord I know ruleth o’er everything,
And all of my worries are vain.
Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.
Though tempests may blow and the storm clouds arise,
Obscuring the brightness of life,
I’m never alarmed at the overcast skies—
The Master looks on at the strife. [Refrain]
I know that He safely will carry me through,
No matter what evils betide;
Why should I then care though the tempest may blow,
If Jesus walks close to my side. [Refrain]
Our Lord will return for His loved ones some day,
Our troubles will then all be o’er;
The Master so gently will lead us away,
Beyond that blest heavenly shore. [Refrain]
As you walk through the moments of this day, stop and remember how closely He is watching over you.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down
and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
So true! I have only been homeschooling for 7 years, but I remember when I was first attempting to teach my daughter to read I thought, “There is no way I’m going to be able to do this!” But little by little and day by day her ability grew and so did my confidence in the fact that God is doing this NOT ME! Thank you again, Mrs. Charlene! You are such a blessing to me!
Such great advise to keep us from getting overwhelmed. Thank you for reminding us to take it one day at a time.
Charlene, your Morher is just beautiful.