Are you feeling discouraged today?
My husband is in the middle of a month-long missions trip and we miss him.
I used to think the last month of pregnancy exceeded the bounds of time, but I was wrong. This is the month that is setting records.
Between concerns about electrical wires burning in our walls, a skunk who decided to call the crawl space under our living room home, and sad children who miss their daddy; I’m ready to wave the proverbial white towel. That is, if I was actually keeping up on laundry for eight children and had a clean white towel to wave.
So what should we do when we feel discouraged and ready to quit?
1. Open up the Word. Even if you don’t feel like it. Even if you have to wipe an inch of dust off the cover of your Bible. Read some great passages like Isaiah 40 (focusing on the character of God) or II Corinthians 4 (full of hope for believers). It’s amazing what time in the Word does for changing your outlook.
2. Take some things off your schedule. Don’t just say “no” to the homeschool co-op’s potluck. Take things off your regular schooling schedule, too. Your children will survive beautifully even if they go without grammar for two weeks. One of my favorite tricks to bringing some joy back in our classroom is to put away all the textbooks, grab a great read-aloud that your kids will all love, and go sit outside in the sunshine. Give your kids each a sketchbook and tell them to “draw what you hear.” This is a great way to lift everyone’s spirits and improve the mood of the entire school!
3. Put it into perspective. Remind yourself that this discouragement is not from the Lord! He has blessed you with these beautiful children and given you the privilege of training them for His glory. Be confident that this discouragement you are experiencing is still perfectly under control in God’s hands. God promises to give wisdom if we ask for it (James 1) so dump all your problems on Him and trust Him to give you the guidance you need.
God never leaves His children hanging without help. Even with my husband on the other side of the world, I find great joy and peace knowing that I’m still not in this alone.
“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses never cease,
for His compassions never fail,
they are new every morning.
Great is Your faithfulness.”
For more about the Toliver family – ministry, homeschooling, and, yes, skunks – Tolivers To Texas.