This post was written by Carlie Kercheval of Managing Your Blessings
Have you ever embarked upon a time in your life where the choice ahead of you that was once clear, has now become unclear? This typically occurs when we are changing seasons in life and can be particularly difficult when it comes to our homeschool.
Our family just moved back to the United States from a 2 ½ year assignment in Germany. As many of you may know, it is illegal for German citizens to homeschool, thus making the homeschool community very small. Most of us who homeschooled were either Active Duty military families (that’s us) or American contractors working in Germany. The bottom line? It was a very isolated experience for our children, particularly our oldest who just completed 7th grade year of homeschooling in Germany.
Now that we are living back in the United States, the area that we happen to be stationed at does not have a large community of “full-time” homeschoolers. As a matter of fact, as I have dug in, researched, and sought out information, I am coming to see that most of the homeschool families in this area do it part-time using charter schools as an umbrella.
My point? My husband and I feel like God might be calling our family’s homeschool in a different direction.
In times like these, when we feel the Lord pulling us in another direction, and the choice that was once so clear just doesn’t seem as clear as it was in the past, we submit ourselves to His will and pray.
Here are three simple ways that my husband and I always make sure not to be hasty, and to allow the Lord to deal with our hearts:
1. Lean not on your own understanding.
While this instruction that comes out of Proverbs 3:5 isn’t always easy, it definitely can be done. And the beautiful thing? In the following verse (Proverbs 3:6) it gives us the beautiful promise that if we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He will make our paths straight! Hallelujah!
2. Every time the temptation to worry arises, meditate on the Word of God.
I always tell people that there is no room for margin in this area of your life if you want to live a true life of freedom. And to help you stay accountable to this, always have this scripture readily available to see with your eyes:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
It will not only help you remember to give all of your anxieties and worries to Him as well as pray, but will also help you to attain His peace, and that is an invaluable gift.
3. Pray for wisdom.
A lot of people think this only means one thing – the answer. Well not necessarily. God gives us wisdom for many reasons that apply to many different circumstances. I know for me, I am always amazed at the variety of ways God gives wisdom. Sometimes it comes in the form of hindsight; other times it may come in the form of an encouraging Word. Perhaps it may come in the way of giving you patience. God’s wisdom and the ways it comes are limitless, so be sure not to tell God how to give you the wisdom you seek. You’ll be amazed at how clearly you will begin to hear His voice.
So for us, right now, we are following the simple steps above until we know that God has given us His definitive answer for our particular situation. We are confident that His answer will come in the perfect time that we need to hear it. Until then, we will continue to pray, meditate on His Word, and thank Him for the answer!
Are there any tough situations that you are facing right now where the answer that was once clear is not so clear any more? I’d love to pray for you! Leave a comment and I will be praying for each and every one of you – including those who do not want to make their request publicly. We are in this together, and I am here for you!
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