Monday, June 21, 2010
My Life's Work: Encouragement For Homeschool Moms
"A talented woman was asked by a friend, "Why have you never written a book?"
"I am writing two" was the quiet reply. "I have been engaged on one for ten years, the other five."
"You surprise me!" the friend said. "What profound works they must be!"
"It doth not yet appear what they shall be," said the woman, "but when He makes up His jewels, my great ambition is to find them there."
"Yes, my two children. They are my life's work."
And so for Mother, we six were her life's work. She asked for no other." From The Shaping of A Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot
With so many things to do each day I sometimes forget that just raising my 8 children is enough. Time seems like a constant battle for me. I want and need to do so many things. I feel guilty that we aren't doing crafts, nature study, music study, and science experiments each week. I tell myself that if I could only manage my time better I could fit everything in.
We shouldn't undervalue the work of just running a home and caring for our children. That is a full time job and then we add homeschooling to our day. If we don't get much done beyond that, so what! We have still done what we should do and that's o.k.
I will keep trying to fit the extras into my day but I will also put proper value on the basics and feel accomplished if I only do them. Being a mom is hard work. Don't downplay what you do. Be proud that you are doing what God has called you to do.