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This post is part of my series on praying for our homeschools – I’m so thankful you are joining me! You can learn more about the series here. Find this week’s free printable at the end of this post.
I remember as a little kid, always being excited for the first day of school. I loved shopping for new school supplies, seeing friends again, and meeting new teachers.
Even now as a homeschool mom, I love the beginning of the new school year. New curriculum. New supplies. New opportunities, approaches, and mindset.
I wish I could say that I finished the school year in the same way! Instead, by the time April and May roll around I often feel stretched thin, tired, and ready to be finished with the school year. Although I love and am committed to homeschooling, my perspective at the end of the year can begin to negatively affect our homeschool.
One of my favorite verses has become Philippians 1:6, which reads:
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
When he wrote Philippians, Paul was most likely in prison, yet the theme of this letter is centered around joy and encouragement! Why was he joyful? Because work was being done to share and spread the gospel, even though he was in jail. What was he encouraging people? To continue to show Christ to others and live as Jesus would live, confident that His sanctifying work in them would be completed one day.
This verse gives me comfort in reminding me that there is nothing I can do or have done to earn salvation, and there is nothing I can do to in my own power to be perfect. Only God can carry out this work in us – and He promises He will.
Carry it to completion
So how exactly does this apply to homeschooling? When I think of “carrying it to completion” I start to stress about not finishing up all of our curriculum on time. But this verse reminds me that just like the process of sanctification, God will be there to help me with what He has called me to do. He will give me the strength to finish.
So how do we finish the year strong? We stay close to the vine. John 15:4-5 says,
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
So we continue our daily bible study. We blast worship music in our homes. Serve others with our family. Submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guidance. And we finish strong by resting in God’s faithful hands, remembering that the work we are doing for Christ in our homeschools will have eternal impact.
Prayer for this week
You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end. Thank you for being with us this entire year, for giving me confidence and hope in your presence. You have fearfully and wonderfully made and trusted me with my kids, and I know you will bring to completion the good work you begin in us.
Lord, there is nothing I can do to sanctify myself, or my kids. The truth, Your Word alone, can do this. I pray that you would transform us daily into your image. May the Holy Spirit guide us in our words and actions, that our lives will impact others and bring glory to You.
Give us strength to finish our homeschool year with love and grace. After all the work we have put in this year, I am most grateful for your work in our lives. Bless my kids. Give them a saving faith in You, discerning hearts, and love that abounds more and more each and every day.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
This week’s printable
Each week, I put together a short devotional you can print out with prompts and reflective questions to help keep you in the Word daily. There’s also a sheet with the weekly prayer on it you can print and hang in your homeschool room.
It’s my hope that this printable helps serve as a reminder to be in God’s Word each day, praying and seeking His will for your life and homeschool.
Join the challenge!
Finally, if you want to join in on the challenge from the very beginning, make sure to sign up below, and get a copy of my Printable Devotional Pages sent to your inbox. Join in any time, and you’ll start the following Monday with Week #1!
- Free Printable Homeschool Resources
- The Word in Motion: 10 Reasons You’ll Love This Apologia Bible Curriculum
- Latin for Beginners: Why We Love Memoria Press Latin Curriculum
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