supports those whose hearts are fully His
( 2 Chronicles 16: 9).
“Confess your faults one to another,
and pray one for another, that ye may
be healed. The effectual fervent prayer
of a righteous man availeth much”
(James 5: 16).
Read your Bible—daily. Don’t let anything get in the way of putting this first
in your life. Even babies and toddlers
can play at your feet while you read.
What better thing for them to see and
eventually imitate. Don’t worry if you
are not doing an intensive study in this
season; even one verse is packed with
truth to meditate on throughout your
day. As it says in the following verses in
James, you will be thoroughly furnished
for every good work you need to do each
day. But, we will lack what we need if we
neglect the Scriptures.
“And that from a child thou hast known
the holy scriptures, which are able to
make thee wise unto salvation through
faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good
works” ( 2 Timothy 3: 16, 17)
Take those one or two verses you read
and think about them all day: when dia-
pering, cleaning messes, training little
ones, making sandwiches . . . think about
that passage. By the end of the day, you
may have even memorized it! You will be
well on your way to gaining victory over
your thoughts of depression, defeat, and
despair. Replace them with the truth of
God’s Word, and you will begin to see out
of your pit and onto the horizon of God’s
path for you.
“His delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day
and night. And he shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water, that
bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither; and
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”
(Psalm 1: 2, 3).
Practical Ideas for How To
Now that you are emotionally and spiritually back on track, you are ready to start
over academically. Yes, I said, start over.
I don’t mean from the beginning, but
from where you are now. The way you’ve
been going either hasn’t been working, or
you’ve had something interrupt your life,
so let’s try this: stop, assess, and re-start.
• Have a meeting with your kids about
the fact that you all need to do a little
catch up, and let them know you will
be changing the schedule around. You
will need everyone’s help to stay on the
catch up routine.
• Assess each child. Set a day for assessments and that’s all you will do that
day. Don’t put it off. Most of your anxiety is in your head, so when you see
test results on paper, you will be better
equipped to move forward with a plan.
You will only need to test aptitude for
math and language arts. That’s it! There
are free placement tests online (you
don't have to use the company's curriculum), which will help you determine each child’s level of knowledge.
(See the sidebar for more information
on free placement tests.)
• If they test low, don’t despair—make
a plan to catch up! If it is really low,
and you feel the need, you can always
start where they are academically and
double their lessons each day on those
subjects until you feel they are caught
up. You will skip the extra stuff they
normally do. For example, you could
have them do two lessons of math or
language a day (you can break these
up) and they will drop the science or
history workbooks for those days.
They can always watch history DVDs
or do science experiments, etc., one
day a week.
• Make a plan for each child. On a piece
of paper for each child, write down
what they have done in the past: what
they have read, what they have studied,
what they have watched, what classes
they have taken. You will feel better
about where they are. Now, make a
plan for what you think they still need
to do. Find out how far behind they are
based on their math and language arts
• Find curriculum that you don’t need
to learn first. Sometimes our kids get
behind because they are always waiting
The way you’ve been
going either hasn’t
been working, or
you’ve had something
interrupt your life,
so let’s try this: stop,
assess, and re-start.