Children learn best when parents are greatly involved.
Saturday morning came quicker that I wanted it to. Even though I woke up early, I still found myself rushing out of the house to the prayer breakfast.
I am not exactly sure why I signed up to attend the breakfast this year, but I am so glad I went. It was great to steal away for some hours and be with a group of women that are also on the same homeschooling journey I am on.
The theme of the morning talk was “Begin With the End in Mind”. Honestly, I wasn’t at all thrilled when I heard the topic. I have gone to countless seminars and talks about ‘beginning with the end in mind’.
As Mrs. Cynthia Moat ( home schooling mom with now grown children) walked to the podium, I found myself completely drawn to her. Her disposition was quiet, gentle, and nurturing. She stood for a moment and, before speaking a word, simply smiled. My heart needed that smile–it communicated I see you darlings, you are making the right choice, yes it is hard, you’re doing a great job.
She asked us to go around the room and introduce ourselves and I found it so encouraging to be surrounded by women who were just starting home schooling, in the middle of it and finished with it.
She put a pair of glasses on the back of her head and explained that represented ‘hind-sight’, what she didn’t know to do in the past but now does.
She held of a magnifying glass and told us this represents the present–what is right in front of our eyes.
Then she held up a pair of binoculars and explained that this represents the long view–the eternal view-what the end of it all is about.
She encouraged us to stay focused on that lobg view.
So what is the end, I wondered. Planning? Having a why? Acceptance into a top university…with scholarship. What was the end? And then, after showing us all her seeing gadgets, she quietly said…
Begin with the end in mind, and the end is love.
She encouraged us to maintain proper perspective as we are mothering our children and nurturing our husbands.
The proper perspective is God’s perspective.
What a unique opportunity we homeschooling parents have to disciple our children.
She told us to be vigilant about noticing and responding to our children and to pray consistently for them.
Our children our mission fields.
I was thankful for the reminder before our school year really got to underway. It is so easy to get distracted by what the world values that we lose sight of what the Lord values. Immediately, I felt a shift in thought about my plans and approach it helped make this work even more doable, and I am thankful for it.
I hope this word encourages you in some way!
Stay Encouraged & Be Blessed,