Thank you for joining me for 7 Days of Hope for the Weary Homeschooling Mom! If you missed the intro post for this series, you can check it out here. (you can also find out how to get your hands on a copy of the ebook in that post).
To recap, we’ll be going over 1 section a day for 7 consecutive days. Don’t forget to subscribe via RSS/email so you won’t miss a day.
The first of the 7 sections is When the Gentle Words Won’t Come
I absolutely relate to the first two sentences of this section, written by Brooke:
I haven’t had many gentle words lately.
If my mouth really does speak the abundance of my heart, then I’m overflowing with anger and fear,
lack of trust and doubt, lack of faith, and a desire to just give up.
Anyone else out there with me? (Show of hands? Anyone?)
I find myself soaking up every bit of parenting advice that I can find that aligns with the Bible. I’m doing a “Parenting by Design Daily Devotional” from a free Bible app that I have, and as I’m writing this post, I saw these words in the devotional portion:
“We can try so hard to be empathetic or understanding and yet find ourselves frustrated and discouraged.
That is when we need to spend some quiet time with God and His book, praying and looking for the direction only He can provide.”
Do you see a correlation to your weary days and less time in the Word?
Last week I wrote down this scripture and taped it to my computer screen:
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters:
You must all be quick to listen,
slow to speak,
and slow to get angry.
Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”
~ James 1:19-20
I love that Brooke suggests writing a list of things that we love about our children and sharing them with them. In these days of weariness (and not-too-gentle words), I know that I need to spend more time pouring love and words of kindness into them.
Our discussion questions for today:
- What does weary look like in your home? Describe the physical as well as emotional toll weariness takes on you.
- Where do you turn first for comfort and relief?
Please leave your answers in the comments below, or feel free to post your answer on your blog and link it up above.
Other posts in this series: