Formula For Failure

by Tamara Eaton

Flirting with disaster but not quite there yet? Hang on, here are a dozen tips that will turn your mediocre homeschool into a sure failure!

Succeeding as a homeschool parent doesn't require academic genius or a certain personality--it does require a whole heart and 100% commitment, as well as the ability to acknowledge our weaknesses and look to the Lord to provide all our needs.

Has He called you to homeschool? Then have you dedicated your homeschool to Him and committed your family to seeking His Holy Spirit for wisdom and instruction daily? Don't begin in the Spirit then try to finish it up in the flesh (Galatians 3:3).

If you're consumed with the fear of failure --surrender it all to the Lord and choose to change your attitude and actions to reflect steadfast faith in the Lord. He never intended for us to make it all on our own--He promises to be there for us every step of the way if we will just trust Him. Believe His Word and act upon it!

In 1 Samuel 12, we see an example of how Israel sinned against the Lord by trying to do things their own way--who among us has not been guilty of this at some time or another? We can take comfort in the words of truth spoken by Samuel:

"Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things He hath done for you." (1 Samuel 12:24)

He has truly done great things for ALL of us and we need to take time to reflect upon this often so we don't lose the proper perspective. He's never failed us before and He never will.

We won't always see great strides taken daily in our children's education--often it will be just as the Word says, "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little..." (Isaiah 28:10)

The Lord has good plans for your family this year, it may be time for a fresh start and a clean slate. I pray that you might be able to say with Paul: "...this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (1 Corinthians 3:13-14)

Copyright Tamara Eaton 1994-2000, all rights reserved.

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"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

Isaiah 54:13