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Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

Will You Quit?

Once you have homeschooled for a few months, have you found it difficult to stay motivated? Is homeschooling not quite what you expected — too much work? Giving up is not the answer — giving in to the Lord is.

“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” James 1:3-4

Homeschool parents don’t always realize they are attending classes each day just like their children. God’s assignments may not be on a computer or in a workbook, but they are just as real and challenging. The basic courses of Patience for Parents, Forgiveness Forever, Endurance 101, and Sacrificial Servanthood cause us to grow more Christlike in our actions. We study the Scriptures and look for answers to new questions we face each day. We pray at test time, hoping to pass. We pray for God to grade on a curve, or at least to allow a retake.

God knows what He is doing. Both you and your children are being schooled at home. Together you will learn all the lessons of life He has prepared for you. Hang in there — it’s always too soon to quit!

“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (vs. 4).

Father, I don’t know if I have what it takes to keep homeschooling. Stretch me Lord! Help me to see those areas in my life that are slowing me down and causing me to stumble. Thank You for all You’ve done for me on the cross. Give me the strength and wisdom to keep going. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

AOP Homeschooling Devotions

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The Refiner

Are you feeling the heat?  Getting hotter?  Ready for it to cool off?

God, our Refiner will take what is IMPURE and make it PURE.

He will take what is DULL and make it BEAUTIFUL.

He’ll take what is of potential value and REVEAL its actual value.

He will transform us into treasure.

He’ll refine us in the crucible so that HE can see Himself in the silver — you and me.

And so the world, as well as the principalities and powers and hosts of Satan, can behold the triumph of the Redeemer!  The fiery flames – the array of disappointing situations in our lives, from minor irritants to major tragedies – will make the difference.  Different flames, different fires will come and go.  In the pressure of their heat we’ll see the impurities in our lives being released and rising to the top.  Then He’ll skim them off, purifying us and refining us.  He’ll make the fire a little hotter, causing new impurities to rise and be released, exposed for what they are.  These, too, He’ll lift away!

Early in our Christian lives He may see only a very dim image of Himself as He looks into our crucible.  But as time goes on, His image becomes more clearer, more lustrous, more beautiful.  All the while, He never leaves or forsakes His treasure!  Our Refiner never leaves the crucible and never steps away from the fire.  He is always there to make sure every flame that reaches us is exactly the right temperature – not too hot – to accomplish its work in our lives!  He knows the precise temperature to maintain so we don’t face more than we can bear.  He tests and proves our faith, not to discredit us, but to show us how far we’ve come.  He perfects our perseverance!

The Lord promises to bring HIS people “through the fire” and to “refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.  They will call on My Name, and I will answer them; I will say,  ‘They are MY people,’ and they will say, “The Lord is my God'”. Zechariah 13:9

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