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Last night I had the great pleasure of speaking with a friend about a situation which had caused great despair in her life. This situation is truly a difficult one, and one no parent should ever have endure. At the moment I spoke these words I knew that they would need to be blogged as well.
When we endure times of great trial, despair, discouragement, dismay, and tribulation, there is one (and likely many of his friends) who celebrates your situation. You see Satan (and his friends) takes great joy in the sufferings of man, because in his weakmindedness he sees this as an opportunity to derail your faith. This isn’t to say that at times it is very tempting to cave and give up, but that Satan is weakminded enough not to realize that heel injuries aren’t fatal.
Did ya get that?
Heel injuries are NOT usually fatal.
I know that some of you already have caught on to where I am going with this. It’s still a good read though so hang in here with me and at the very least be entertained.
So lets take a trip back to the very beginning here. God makes the Earth and everything in it, he declares it all good. Now see, when I say that something is good, its probably pretty good….more or less it isn’t terrible but its all a matter of perspective. When God say something is good, his kinda good is the good that is so good there isn’t a word in all the languages of the world that could truly convey exactly how good it is. So God makes it and it’s all good…..but then there had been that little issue with Satan and his lofty thoughts of ascending.
I’ll climb to heaven.I’ll set my throne over the stars of God. I’ll run the assembly of angels that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon. I’ll climb to the top of the clouds.
So, here is ol “slewfoot” now abased. He tempts Eve, she bites, and then Adam too….you know the old story. There’s a part though that quite a few people miss.
I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. (Gen 3:15 Douay-Reims)
So here’s where it lies…..Satan becomes Eve’s enemy (and Adams too), and OUR enemy. The interesting part though is kinda in rewind just a little so lets step back in time just a shake. Satan offers, Eve eats, Adam eats……in Satan’s mind, he has WON. Satan is having his moment of glory, his hip hip hoorah, his fifteen minutes of fame, his out of this world victory dance has commenced…..he is CELEBRATING the devastation he has just caused (which Adam and Eve don’t seem to be entirely aware of because after all they didnt “die”…..yet). So here sits Satan celebrating, high fiving some of the angels who fell with him (you do realize he had a team right?). Then God (who obviously already knew what was up) says to him, after his little talk with Adam and Eve,
Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.
Oh man, talk about a party killer. Satan’s victory, just turned to a curse like no other…….he’s cursed to be a belly crawlin, dust eatin, weakminded, groveler. Man if that doesn’t take the wind out of your sails I dono what would…..oh wait, yes I do! That next verse!
I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. (Gen 3:15 Douay-Reims)
Not ONLY are you gonna crawl around in the dust groveling…..there’s an enmity between you and the woman, and all your seed and all of her seed now. In the course of this enmity YOU Devil are going to strike at her heel (which will irritate us to no end), but SHE is going to CRUSH your head.
Let’s review that one more time…..
How many times have you known someone who died of a fatal injury to the HEEL?
Okie then….now let’s talk about head injuries.
How many times have you heard of someone dying from a fatal blow to the head?
Yea, that’s what Im sayin….
Satan strikes at my “homeschool heel” nearly everyday in one form or another, and some days I just wanna cut my daggone foot off because those “strikes” are not painless…..in fact they are VERY painful. It’s only because I know (and now you do too) that Heel Injuries ARE NOT Fatal, that I am able to suck it up and put on my blue jean jumper (come on…its the homeschool mom uniform and ya know it) and move on. The most comfort I get though is knowing that ALTHOUGH Satan will strike at my heel…..I am going to CRUSH his head. He may irritate the snot out of ME, but I’m going to CRUSH him.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
If you came into my home it would be very obvious where the bulk of my “treasure” goes. No, I don’t indulge in boat loads of toys for my children. I drive a nice vehicle but I don’t own a “status vehicle”, while I live in a beautiful home I don’t live in a home as “upscale” as it could be if I had invested more into it……No, If you walked through the door of my ranch style brick home what you’d find is books, homeschool materials, bibles laying in various places, large crucifixes, lots of rosaries, some treasured antiques from our grandparents, family photos on our family altar, and as my husband would say “more pencils, pens, crayons, and markers than all the kids in China could use”
I guess it could come across that my treasure is “homeschool materials”, but that isn’t really it. No, not at all….my pearls of great price are the two children who USE those homeschool materials.
This year the bulk of my “treasure” will go to buying classes on currclick, hopefully this goes well and if it doesn’t I will definitely be blogging about it haha.
Matthew 13v 45-46
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it
God looked upon me as a pearl of great price, this is why he redeemed me through his son Jesus. He redeemed me not because of anything I could ever do to deserve such a wonderful gift of grace and mercy but because he saw his creation (me) in desperate need before I was even created.
What was it that he saw in me worth redeeming?
I have no idea, I suppose he saw a person created in his own image who would die and go to Hell unless he made a way to reconnect with me. When I think about this great parental love that our father God has for us, I can only begin to imagine that he feels more love towards me than I do my own children even….and that is hard to comprehend considering how I love them so.
When I look at my children, I see myself ( in image…because they look so doggone much like me its unreal), they are a part of me…at their core they bear my imprint (genetically speaking). My children are my own pearls of great price, I would give all that I am, have, and ever will be for them…right down to my very life. When I reflect upon this I can only begin to think….God entrusted their lives to ME….he loaned them to ME for such a time as this, that THROUGH them I could grow (as they grow) and be sharpened (as iron sharpens iron) and they too could grow and be sharpened. Homeschooling is but a tool in my Master’s hand for growing and sharpening me, it is a challenge but luckily for me his mercies are new every morning!
What are you willing to sacrifice for your pearls of great price?
When God called me to homeschool, I had a lucrative career, free babysitter (my mom), and I could reasonably afford all of the finer things that life had to offer for my children. I could have paid for a fine private christian education, I could have had a little more “me time”, as so many moms like to call it.
When God called me, he asked me to sacrifice all of that in exchange for this beautiful chaotic mess! Would I quit my job? Would I keep my children home with me and teach them of Him? Would I educate them academically AND spiritually? Would I sacrifice my “me time” in order to provide them with more of me?
When God called me….he was asking HOW MUCH ARE THOSE PEARLS WORTH?
How much are those pearls worth? How obedient are you willing to be? Are you willing to go and sell all that you have in order to purchase these pearls? Will you sell out completely to follow MY calling on your life? Will you exchange your will for MY will? Are you just playing the part of obedient follower or are you REALLY obedient? How MUCH are those pearls worth? Are they worth sacrificing for? Do you see them as I see them, the same way I see you? A child who is worth investing in, a child who is lost and needs direction, love, attention, worth sacrificing for. Do you see it? Are you truly treating them as if they were your pearls of great price?
a pic from the first days of homeschooling below, my babies and my nephews.
I need a “latitude” adjustment….my attitude is headed south in a HURRY~! Why is that you ask? Because my 9 year old son (dyslexic,add but not adHd) is driving me BONKERS!!!!!! I think we may have gone over latitude and longitude, ohhhhhh 5 THOUSAND times in the past 2 days. He can’t even retain water let alone a lesson! Sheeeeeeeeeeesh, and we’ve done so well in the past……Guess this means another BREAKTHROUGH is around the bend! Why? Because anytime there’s been a breakthrough in this house it has only came after MANY challenges <3.
What do YOU do when you’re up against the wall and ready to just hang the kids up by their ears on the ceiling fan and flip it onto high?
I’ve been at Ladies Conference this weekend in Barboursville, KY. If you’re in that general area or within 2 or 3 hours of it, I highly reccomend that next year you plan around July 18-20 to take a little time and go and get ministered to. A lovely Georgian woman named Beth Stephens spoke last night and confirmed a word that had been spoke into my life over 10 years ago. Not EXACTLY in a directly to me fashion, but more in a call to ALL mothers. So when you read this, it’s essentially what she said, but some of it of course will be altered just a hair according to the way God has laid it on my heart.
Beth took a well known story, the story of Moses, and taught a lesson not about how God will raise up a deliverer when things are at their worst, but taught how seriously Mama ought to take the raising of her babies. Jochebed was Moses’ mother, until last night I hadn’t paid attention to what her name even was, isn’t that just like the world? we give mama no credit.
Exodus 2: 1-3
And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch; and she put the child therein, and laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
Out of these 3 verses, God delivered a great confirmation to me directly concerning the burden he laid upon my heart all of those years ago, the burden that I had been given direct charge of the children he gave me and I would be responsible for ensuring that they reach their full potential in Christ. The burden at times has been so great that I allowed fear to overcome me, a fear that I wasn’t up to the task. Last night through Beth’s message, God confirmed and renewed that message into my life.
Jochebed was a slave, the lowest of low slaves most likely. Beth pointed out that she would not have been a beautiful woman, there would’ve been no closet full of clothes to choose from, no hair products to fix up with, no chanel perfumes nor any Lancome` counters for her to have visited in order to improve her appearances. No dentist to fix her rotten teeth, and no TIME to take to spend on “ME” for Jochebed. Then a man takes her for his wife, and later in that marriage she conceived a son. Beth made many good points, Jochebed was a hebrew of course she would’ve married another hebrew and together they would’ve likely known and faced the harsh reality that this child they conceived if it were a boy child, would be drown in the river by Pharaoh’s men. Likely they would’ve spent a lot of time in prayer, and had great faith that this child would be delivered a girl so that they would not suffer such a great loss. Then Moses was born, a boy child, oh what grief and heartache must have come at the moment he was delivered and found to be a boy. How Jochebed must have questioned God, but she didn’t allow this to last for long, she wasn’t a wallower. She noticed immediately that this child was somehow different, extraordinary, set apart. What did she do? Likely she prayed, she sought the face of God, and the bible says she HID the baby for 3 months. Beth at this point made a great example, do you KNOW what kind of EFFORT it would take to HIDE an infant for 3 months!!? It would be difficult to hide an infant or child for a day, let alone 3 months! What did Jochebed do!? She hid him and she prayed. All the while, she prayed, she had to have! She prayed and then when it became impossible to hide him and she had no further choices, she made an ark of those bullrushes and she daubed the pitch and the slime into the gaps to waterproof it, and she set her baby in the brink of the river and she hid him. What the Bible does not tell us, but we can see is Jochebed obviously would have given up everything in order to hide this baby, her time, her energy, her efforts, they all would’ve been spent hiding this child…no ME time for this mama! Jochebed was a mama on a mission, she recognized that her child had a purpose and she was willing to sacrifice it ALL in order to see that he had the opportunity to FULFILL GOD’S PURPOSE IN HIS LIFE. Are you enough life Jochebed? Are you WILLING to give up your ME time, your “calm ” time, your “quiet”, your EVERYTHING, in order to be a JOCHEBED MAMA?
Beth’s word pierced my heart again just as it did when God laid it upon my heart so long ago that I personally am responsible for my children and their upbringing, not the government, not the grandparents, not the babysitter. Was I willing to give up a great paying job with benefits, a job that would’ve provided the best of care and education for my children that the WORLD had to offer, was I WILLING to give it up and STAY AT HOME and do it myself? YES GOD, YES SIR, YOU BET! Along the way though it is so EASY o become weary in well doing! The children bicker and fight, they ask a million questions, they give a hard time at doing their assignments, they can just be generally irritating sometimes! Lord never allow me to forget Jochebed! Let her’s be an example to follow! It’s a call to ALL mothers really, we ought to ALL be willing to make WHATEVER sacrifices need to be made to ensure that we are DAUBING THE ARK we are building around our children. As Beth so eloquently put it last night “when I think of daubing the ark with pit and tar, I think of prayer and time”. She spoke of how Jochebed had Miriam take the baby out and put him into the river in that little ark, and then how pharaohs daughter came and found the baby and how Miriam must have been so very afraid in that moment, until she saw that Pharaohs daughter would not kill the baby but wanted to keep it. So then Miriam (Jochebed’s daughter who ALSO had been being daubbed and prepared right along with Moses and his little ark) STEPPED OUT IN HER OWN FAITH, and SAW the MIRACLE OF GOD WITH HER OWN TWO EYES. Miriam saw FIRSTHAND the provision of God and how God not ONLY saved Moses but he RESTORED him to his mother, and Pharaohs daughter PAID his mother to be his nurse. Beth pointed out how God not only blessed but he blessed in SUPER ABUNDANCE, HE NOT ONLY GAVE JOCHEBED BACK HER SON, HE PAID HER TO RAISE HIM!
What did Jochebed do though? She didnt just thank God and go on! She recognized IMMEDIATELY, on day this child will return into Pharaohs household, but RIGHT NOW I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY! I have an opportunity to TEACH my son of the Great God Jehovah! and that is what she MUST have done! She did not waste one minute! When they rose up, when they sat down, when they ate, when she laid the child to sleep, she must have taught, spoke the word to, and PRAYED over this child all the while daubing more and more pitch and tar into those cracks in the ark of prayer she was building around her son. She was building an ark of prayer, an ark of the Word of God, an ark of TRUTH around him, so that when she had no choice but again to let him go….all those cracks were sealed and the waters of the Nile, the ways of Pharaohs house, the ways of Egypt could not come in around him but were kept out by that Heavenly hedge. Lord! LET ME BE LIKE JOCHEBED! Don’t EVER allow me to forget that these children are mine but for a short time, and it will not be long and they must enter the world and it is MY job to build that ark around them just as Jochebed built around Moses, and Noah built around his family. An ark of obedience, an ark of dedication, an ark of the word and the truth, an ark of prayer, an ark of worship, an ark of sacrifice because MY CHILDREN ARE MY PEARLS OF GREATH PRICE….WORTH SACRIFICING ALL FOR!
Beth Stephens, I thank you for your obedience to the Lord. I think we ALL need a reminder of our calling! Sometimes when the way of well doing becomes weary, we ALL need a refresher and I certainly have a renewed spirit, and a refreshed purpose. Thank you Lord for the wells in the desert!
GBU ALL and I pray this word reaches out and pricks your heart just as it did my own!
I believe it is a generally accepted idea that when God calls you to homeschool, and therefore equips you for the task, one begins to believe that this task will be an easy one (since after all it is a calling). Not so I tell you! It is a journey of faith! Just as when God called Abram to depart from his kinsmen and travel blindly to a land God would show him, the homeschool journey is much the same. God has called you to a journey on which although there are others to keep you company, no other person’s will be exactly by the same route.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee
If you’ve spent any time at all studying Abram/Abraham you know his story, he leaves as God told him but….he doesn’t leave his kinsmen, he takes along his nephew Lot. This was his first mistake, he departed on the journey but he continued to hold on to the past, the things God directed him to let go of. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience? I have, I began homeschooling but was unwilling to forfeit my ideas of what ‘school’ should look like in favor of what God would direct our school to look like. In a roundabout way, I said “Okay God, I’ll go to the place you’re sending me but I’m using MY map instead of yours”. Just like Abram, I suffered consequences because I refused to let go of my own interpretation of what God really meant when he told me to forsake all of the ideas and dreams I had about what I wanted my homeschool to be (think Harvard by 8). It’s been a long journey thus far and I am only just beginning (just 4 years in) but most of my mileage has been caused by my own unwilling fleshy tendencies.
*I will elaborate on these “tendencies” and other portions of my journey thus far in the posts to come 😀 until then, be blessed!