Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesdays Together (#20)

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This week our reading (as posted on the sidebar under the button) was from I Thessalonians 4-5; Psalms 4-5; Proverbs 11; and II Thessalonians 1-3.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be joyful always;

pray continually;

give thanks in all circumstances,

for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

When our children were little, we would have a "theme" verse (or passage) for each summer. Of course it would be put to memory... but also we would refer back to it for reference/ encouragement/ meditation together. This was the passage one year.

I would ask, " Are you being joyful?". "Have you prayed about that?" "Is that a thankful attitude?" You get my point. And I felt good that I was really teaching the children to apply scripture to their lives.

It took on new meaning a few years later.

You see, the first year of homeschooling was terrifying to me. I felt so inadequate. I had no support group. I did not know ANYONE who had traveled this road. And I nearly killed us all.

But I remember one day, walking down the road behind our house praying about MY attitude and my fears and wondering if there was ANY way that this could possibly be God's will for our lives.

I would tell you that I was crying, but that would not be accurate. I was sobbing. Uncontrollably.

And God reminded me of this passage that had been our "theme passage" a couple of years previous.

And in the still small voice that spoke so loudly... I was reminded that it was God's will for me to be thankful in all things. I may not know other things about God's will for me, for my children, for our family, for our schooling. But this one truth was written for me in black and white.

"in EVERYthing give thanks, for this IS THE WILL OF GOD in Christ Jesus concerning you."

I had not been thankful for this opportunity to teach my children. I had been focusing on the fears, the work, the change...

So, what did I do? I began each day (for weeks) praying this prayer...
"Dear Lord, by choice of my will, I choose to thank you for this opportunity to teach my children. And I trust you to change my emotions." And literally it tooks a few weeks, for the emotions to begin changing... but as I was obedient in being thankful ... I began to view the role as a wonderful opportunity rather than a dreaded responsibility. God changed my heart. But I had to begin by being obedient and choosing to thank Him.

I learned a big lesson that year. Not only about our homeschooling experience...but also about God's will in my life. And even when I have questions.... I can know one thing... I am to be thankful. And as I told my children numerous time in their lives... Obedience always brings blessings.

So, can you apply this to any area of your life? Maybe have questions about what is or is not God's will? One thing I hope you will remember... it IS God' will for you to thank Him. This my friend is written in black and white.

Now, your turn.

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Jennifer said...

It is wonderful that the very thought you were wanting to teach your children while learning those verse....the Heavenly Father was wanting to teach YOU (His child)!! Great post - and sweet memory. I LOVE homeschooling!

Laurie Ann said...

Obedience always brings blessings...how true! I'm so glad God brought about that change in your life as you so faithfully prayed to Him, DeeDee. He is so faithful to us!

Thanks for sharing and for hosting TTITW. I love it!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Great message DeeDee! Thank you for the reminder. I have no idea why I thought I was supposed to read and write on Philippians this week! I am so out of it, lately.I messed up our reading assignment. ???? Praying God will use it for good anyway. His word doesn't return void!!!

Blessings to you,

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OOPS...now I see what I did...I read next week's reading. I guess I'm just so ready for the school year to be over that I raced through this week!!! Talk about having my eyes on the prize. Summer...here I come! Sorry about that!

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Mike said...

Great reading. Inspiring.

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Anonymous said...

DeeDee, a special reminder for me... when things are not just right, too hard, a struggle, I do not usually remember to thank God for the circumstances and His will for me. Yet, I know that He desires me to be thankful, but.... Gives me ponder time for the caregiving of Mom and for the thankfulness I need for everyday, every moment, and not just on the good days.

I had my blog for today's "Tuesdays Together..." partially written but cannot complete it today. Is it ok to do these after Tuesdays, or should I just wait until next week and pick up there?

Thank you for this wonderful reading and study time, DeeDee. I really like being accountable for the reading I need to be doing. And I am truly blessed by the writing of those who are participating.

Caring through Christ, ~ linda

Jessie said...

Thanks so much for posting that, Miss DeeDee! I hope you'll remind me of this down the road if I start complaining about my homeschooling choice! You were so brave to do it all by yourself...

Tricia said...

Hey DeeDee
This post really hits home with me as I am getting ready to start homeschooling! I know it is something I needed to hear and start praying for myself now... before we even start! Thanks for sharing... and I promise I will be back with my own posts for Tuesdays next week!