Doesn’t the grass always seem greener on the other side? As a homeschooling family, whether you’re a mom or a student, seeds of discontent can grow. If those seeds are allowed to take root, weeds will sprout up with unhappiness and envy filling your family’s garden.
As a mom, I see others appearing to be so carefree. Shopping, running, vacationing, always seeming to have free time and no care in the world. Remember I said “appear”, because deep down, I know they have worries and cares, too. Satan wants me to be discontent with my circumstances because he knows how powerful of an influence I have staying at home, teaching my children God’s truths. I am raising warriors for God’s kingdom, why wouldn’t my enemy want to destroy us? If I allow him to discourage me, I will be short with my husband and my children, wishing I could just send them into the school system or get away from everything. When I keep my eyes focused on God, those weeds will be quickly removed and the beautiful flowers of contentment and peace will flourish.
My children are prone to looking at other people’s gardens as well. They see other kids appearing to have more free time, going on vacations, having the newest toy or the newest clothes and they wish for all of that, too. The weeds begin to sprout and they, too, can begin to be discontent with being schooled at home. Talking with them, praying with them can crush the weeds before they begin to flourish.
We are all prone to looking into the lives of others and wishing our circumstances were different. Don’t let those weeds grow in your garden. Remove them as quickly as they sprout up. God knows what is best for us and He will meet all of your needs; trust Him. Hold your children, play with them, remind them of all the great things all of you can do because they are homeschooled. Thank your husband daily for working so you can have this opportunity. Above all, grow the seeds from God’s words into your life. Let His words take root in your garden and the beautiful flowers of joy, peace, and contentment will begin to flourish.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)