Thursday, September 4, 2014

Who said that it would be easy?!

Who said that it would be easy? Who said that it will be a continual joy?

When I first started home educating my Danny boy it was all lovely, joyful and full of blessings. It was a new experience, full of great hope and high expectations of myself. As the days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, and months into years, and those years have brought 2 more blessings into our life, the busyness... of life has somehow managed to take away the daily joy I once had.

A couple of months ago for my birthday, one of my best-friends gave me a book titled 'Hands Free Mama'. Upon receiving it I did not realize how much of an impact that book would have on my life. My friend could see that I needed it, and I am SO grateful that she followed the Spirits leading and gave it to me
You see, my life was so busy, yes busy even with things people would call 'good' things, that I was missing out on the daily blessings that God had given me, MY BOYS! Yes, I was giving my time to people who may of needed it, BUT I was not giving my undivided attention and time to those who needed me and my time the MOST, my family.

 Because of how busy my life was of doing 'good' things, I no longer was educating my boys in the ways I had planned and God had shown. It was all heading down the path of BEST Curriculum choices, workbooks, workbooks, workbooks, get your subjects done and lots of unpleasant speaking (from Bossy Mean Mama). Where had the happy times gone? How could they disappear so quickly? Yes, I had been tricked into the false teaching that busyness achieves much. As always, my loving Savior had brought it to the forefront of my attention, through a loving and faithful friend. Oh how our days are slowly getting better again. Yes, of course some of my days are still tearful and we are continually sending up prayers, but what a wonderful promise we have ------

"It costs something to bring children up in the way of God. It costs a mother's tears and a father's prayers. It calls for unflagging effort, for patient instruction, here a little and there a little. But this work pays. Parents can thus build around their children bulwarks which will preserve them from the evil that is flooding our world". {RH, July 9, 1901 par. 17}

I know it's hard to educate your child for the Lord. I know that at times you will feel that you have lost your own life and you don't know it no more. We feel alone, even though surrounded with so much love. Frustrated, because it's a struggle to voice your difficulties because many will only criticize. But STAND FIRM! You are doing an AWESOME work! Pray CONTINUALLY, and say this quote out LOUD with us....

'The greatest want of the world is the want of men,--men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.' --Education, p. 57

Many blessings from our family to yours :-)