28 May 2006

Have You Ever Been Lied To?

Has anyone ever lied to you — a child, a husband, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, or someone at work? How did you feel? Were you angry, betrayed, or disheartened? Go back to a time when you can still feel the moment. Today, I am on a personal journey to understand truth. A journey that wants so much to know the truth as God sees it so that I can walk in freedom. Jesus said in John 8:32 that when I know the truth, the truth will set me free. Satan is the father of lies. His plan is to draw us away from the truth of the Word of God.

Why do we not have the same reaction to him as we do to someone we know and love who knowingly lies to us? I believe he is about a grand scheme. He not only wants to keep us defeated and confused but he wants us to move to the place of believing his lies. He wants to tell us we cannot do the very things God has called us to do. I want today to encourage you in your role as homeschooling parents. God has called you to raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4) He wants you to spend time with them. (Deut. 6:7). He wants them to be an example of righteousness and godliness. (I Timothy 4:12) He wants them to be set apart from this world. (I Peter 1:15-16)

Homeschooling is a beautiful arena in which to do this. Here are some of the lies that are whispered in our ears by the enemy. You don’t think you can do everything, do you? You don’t need to be the main influence in your children’s life; they need others. You have a life, too; what are you doing for yourself? You need to be a two- income family; there is no way mom can stay home with the children because you will not have everything that everyone else has. All homeschooling parents are susceptible to these lies but moms seem to be the most vulnerable.

Today, I want to shine a light on what women have an opportunity to do. We, as women and homeschooling mothers, are life-givers. God has beautifully orchestrated His creation and fashioned the woman to bring forth life. I am the bearer of my children and as a result, I am naturally protective and careful. I am the nurturer. I provide life every day by letting my children know they are safe, by the encouraging words I can speak into their lives, by allowing them to learn at their own pace, by consistently training them when they are young in order to enjoy meaningful relationships when they are older, and by showing them the magnificence of God, their Creator, in nature, in life, and even in death. Day in and day out we are building our home. We are laying a foundation and a memorial to God and His faithfulness that will outlive us for generations to come if we continue to seek God’s will and believe HIS truths and HIS words. Psalm 78:4 says, “We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.” God wants to use homeschooling to show you the wonderful works He has in store for your family. Be careful not to fall into the trap of Satan and believe his lies about your abilities.

My prayer today is that we will all run to the Father and beg HIM to show us His truth, His heart. Only then can we have the confidence to stand and only then will we receive His blessing. Be on guard for the subtle lies that the enemy is telling you. Be careful to whom you are listening — even your closest friends. You must spend time listening to God for yourself, as well as time meditating and praying through the scriptures. As you begin to seek direction for your family for next year, I pray you will experience a HUGE sense of peace and freedom for God’s plan for your family.

Have an AWESOME week!

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