This week is a tough week. As we continue to face big trials in our family, today was the 1st quarter portfolio review week of the kids with The Master’s Academy (TMA Homeschool). I also committed a month ago to speak to parents of preschoolers this Friday morning. On top of that, my Dad was once again (3rd time this year) confined last Monday for a possible respiratory infection. And add to all that, it wasn’t really the best time for my cellphone screen to break and our car to be towed!
I was about to say, it’s as if God knew…. oh dear! He really knew, knew ahead. My omniscient God knew how everything was set and how everything was going to take place and fall into place. And He was going to supply everything that was needed to see me through. And though the week has not ended, I am praising Him for His goodness and HIs sovereignty in all things.
As I looked through each page of our 2 students’ homeschool portfolios, I see His faithfulness all over. We learn, we can homeschool despite all other things going around or within us. And this kind of set up has been pretty much the way things go week after week in the last decade or so. God wants our family to be totally dependent on Him. And I believe this for every homeschooling family!
Prior to beginning of our school year, I visited a sister who had boxes of books in her stairway and my eyes locked on a book on George Muller: Christian Heroes: Then & Now featuring George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet and Geoff Benge. ( It was situated at the very top of the pile of books in the box ! imagine that? Who then made sure of that? ) We also read of missionary, Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime, around 2 years ago, which we tremendously learned from and immensely enjoyed.
For each homeschooling day during the past quarter, we tackled a chapter; and we saw glimpses of what is means to be near God through the life of George Muller! What a blessed faithful life, completely dependent on the Lord through prayer and waiting upon Him, shining indeed for His Glory .
This morning as we were preparing for our portfolio review, my reading was Psalm 124.
1 If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say
2 if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.
6 Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
As I meditated on these lines, I couldn’t help but remember, Moses’ words in Exodus 33:15-16:
15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. 16 “For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”…
And now reviewing the many amazing entries in his journal of George Muller :
“The greatness of the sum required affords me a kind of secret JOY, for the greater the difficulty to be overcome, the more will it be seen to the GLORY of GOD how much can be done by prayer and faith.”
“If God is in this, He will supply.”
“I have known my Lord for 52 years and in all that time, I cannot recall a single instance when you He has not answered my prayer.”
So putting it all together, this is my super paraphrased homeschooler’s version of Psalm 124:
If the Lord had not been on our side—
let all homeschoolers say—
if the Lord had not been on our side
when the stresses of managing the home and the school at home are at their peak
they would have swallowed us alive
the fears and anxieties regarding our children’s education would have engulfed us,
the worries over curricula and materials would have swept over us,
the daily battles in the school room would have swept us away.
and our own tempers and tantrums would have consumed us !
Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by the burdens we choose to carry
We have escaped and have been protected by our loving Father
Our HOMESCHOOL help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth who loves our children more than we can ever do.
And along the lines of Mr. Muller’s thinking, let me add, “If God is in our homeschool, He will supply.”
So, let us draw near to God. Homeschool with Him nearby. Call to him for every homeschooling ache in your heart and mind. Remember what James says.” Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts.” (James 4:8) Admit, confess to Him, say sorry to your students if you have hurt them or failed as a teacher in some way or another and start again, with God nearby.
So dear homeschooler, what will it take for you to homeschool with God nearby? Think about it. Make some adjustments. Pray and ask God to be near and He will draw near to you! I am a witness of that for the past 12 years of being a homeschooler! Praise be to our Lord indeed!
Psalm 65 :4 How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.
Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
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