by Tamara Eaton
Probably all homeschooling parents have struggled with anxious thoughts
before--am I making the best decision for my child? Which curriculum is
best? What method should we use? What if I fail to adequately prepare him for
life (or his next achievement test!)? What if homeschooling laws get worse and
we can't meet the requirements? Or worse--what if homeschooling becomes
But has God called you to homeschool? Then you can trust Him to pave the
way for you to walk in His perfect will for your family. He will never call
you to do something without also enabling you to do it. As soon as an
anxious thought comes, turn it over to the Lord!
Philippians 4:6-7 gives us both God's command that we
shouldn't be anxious and the means by which we can obey His
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and
the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus."
It also tells us the result of our asking the Lord to take away our
anxiety and work everything out--the peace that surpasses all
I've had plenty of practical experience in this area--I used to worry about
anything and everything. Even as a child, I didn't like change, trying new
things, or controversy--I thrived on routine and stability and liked knowing
exactly what was going to happen each day--well in advance. But life isn't
like that and God doesn't usually operate that way, either.
Instead, He asks us to trust Him to take care of ALL the
circumstances that arise, and rely upon His wisdom and ability to work
out all the details. And some of the ways He has chosen to lead us seem pretty
revolutionary and controversial to the world!
I learned to find my strength in the Lord and in His Word and found that I
had a choice in what I thought about--I no longer had to entertain the
negative, anxious thoughts and worries that entered my mind. I began to give
those thoughts up to the Lord immediately, and then fill the gap left with prayer,
praise and the Word of God. I would meditate on His character, His
promises, His works. I would thank Him for everything He had done and was
doing and would continue to do in my life. What a difference it made!
Sometimes, in the midst of a struggle, I would leave my Bible open to
encouraging scripture, or jot it down on a piece of paper and carry it with
me--reminding myself that His Word was true and He was worthy to be trusted
in EVERY situation! I kept a journal of prayer requests and praises. How
encouraging it was to look back and see God's faithfulness day to day in every
way. How could I have ever doubted that He would resolve each problem in His
time and way?
The enemy would like nothing better than to see Christians consumed by
worries and anxiety and rendered useless in ministry and ineffective in
carrying out God's Will. Anxiety also robs us of our joy and the joy of the
Lord is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) But we are no longer
slaves to sin and worry--not when we have the Lord indwelling us and
empowering us to overcome! We have the ability to "bring every
thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2
His Word tells us to fill our minds with "whatever things are
true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are
pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there
is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these
things." (Philippians 4:8)
Invest time in getting to KNOW God, spend time in His Word--you'll
find it easier to trust Him to take care of all of your worries. We serve
an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent Heavenly Father who is intimately
concerned with every aspect of our lives--nothing is "trivial" to
If you haven't experienced His involvement in every area of your life, then
maybe it's time for you to pray specifically and then expect Him to
respond. He will never force Himself on you. Instead, He gives you the
choice to either seek Him for help or stumble along on your own. What freedom
there is in casting all your cares upon the Lord! You will then be able to
truly enjoy homeschooling and walking in His will for your life--free from
anxiety and worries.
"He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast,
trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; He will not be afraid..."
More Encouragement From Scriptures:
Luke 12:25-26 "And which of you by worrying can add one
cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you
anxious for the rest?"
Luke 12:29-32 "And do not seek what you should eat or
what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the
nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these
things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to
you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give
you the kingdom."
Matthew 6:34 "...Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto
the day is the evil thereof."
Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom
shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be
Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those
who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There
is no want to those who fear Him."
Psalm 50:14 "Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to
the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you
shall glorify Me."
Psalm 56:3-4 "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In
God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?"
Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever
trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Many seek the ruler's favor, But justice for
man comes from the Lord."
Psalm 115:11 "You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He
is their help and their shield."
Matthew 7:7-8,11 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek,
and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks
receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be
opened....If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to
those who ask Him!"
Mark 11:24-25 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you
ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And
whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him,
that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."
Hebrews 13:6 "So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my
helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
Hebrews 4:15-16 "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot
sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet
without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
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