use some work, and the thought that
even a silly goat can be used of the Lord
to mold my character lightened the moment and we both laughed.
These moments test us because we have
and we were going through those diffi-cult;pre-teen;years,;I;was;angry;and;im-patient;with;her;as;she;fretted;over;what
the situation, hurting and angering her
instead. However, I had been praying
me grace that day.
Suddenly the tension cleared for a moment, and I was able to view the situa-tion;apart;from;the;cloud;of;emotion.;I
realized that what my daughter wore and
as my attitude. Although I am not usually
comical, I found myself laughingly quoting Donkey on the movie Shrek;(not;one
for the moment.
When things—and children—don’t
to take the moment and give us grace to
view the moment in light of eternity, we
thing that caused our anger to boil. As
ans in mind as God uses our children to
build;our;character:;“Being confident of
this very thing, that he which hath begun
a good work in you will perform it until
the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1: 6).
encourage those who were struggling
but I wonder if what Paul is really refer-
ring to here is the sanctifying work of the
I am still often discouraged by my
character flaws, but I am thankful that
I cannot make myself holy; only Christ
can do that, but I can submit myself to
those daily little trials that over long
years of time do bear evidence of sancti-
to the surface of my heart, I can become
be encouraged that the good work which
As the long, relaxed days of summer
once again prepare for another school
year,;let;us;pray;for;grace;in;each;mo-ment;that;tries;our;patience;and;remem-ber to “count it all joy when ye fall into
divers temptations; knowing this, that the
trying of your faith worketh patience. But
let patience have her perfect work, that ye
may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1: 2–4).
Sheila Campbell began homeschooling
in 1991 and graduated the last of her
four children in the spring of 2009. After the death of her husband in 2001,
Sheila homeschooled as a single parent.
She also was the parent of a special needs
child whom she cared for at home until
his death in 2004. These difficulties have
strengthened her walk with her Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ, and it is her prayer
that her words will encourage and inspire
others. Sheila is currently working on a
book about the life of her handicapped son
and how his life changed hers. Visit her
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. . . The thought that
even a silly goat can
be used of the Lord
to mold my character
lightened the moment
and we both laughed.