and a lot of resources, join a co-op, make
the library your second home, etc. If you
feel insecure, take a class at a local college
to brush up on your skills. Or parcel that
dreaded subject out to your BFF. Tell her
you’ll teach her kid to cook if she will include your daughter in the grammar courses she teaches her kids.
And do not be surprised to discover them
transcending you in one way or another academically or even in the arts or music or other
skills. My four-year-old can draw better than
I can. My seven-year-old can sing way better
than I can. My boys have a grasp on math that
I have never had, and likely never will have.
It’s our reality, and it didn’t hurt them.
Each of your children is one-of-a-kind.
And you have graciously allowed them to
hunt out and passionately go after their interests like a determined bloodhound, building
those skills which will make them the unique,
wonderful people they’ll be tomorrow. I think
you’re going to be blessed to watch it all unfold. You’ll have to let me know.
So give them the space to be themselves.
Teach what they need to know. Grammar
is important. But do not let it intimidate
you because someday you may come to the
stark realization that they have a far better
grasp on it than you do anyway. I have seen
it happen in families. Good, normal fami-
lies, like yours, Mama.
Don’t forget Who is on the throne—The
One who gave you those kids to teach and
raise up to begin with. You obediently answered His call and He put you on this
path. He’s not leaving you there alone,
Mama. Not a chance.
And one more thing, because I think
there are some here who need to see it: for
those who keep trying and trying, striving
to please, and wistfully turning to the Lord,
lifting up your eyes and hands only to say,
“Lord, I keep working hard. I continue to
try. I desire to do all things according to
Your will and desire. I am not sure what to
do, but all I know is that I continue to try, to
work hard, to try some more, and I’m failing,” here is your answer:
“Cease striving and know that I am
God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”
(Psalm 46: 10). 1
So there it is. Be still! Sure, continue to
work diligently. Do all things unto Him. Try
and strive to His glory. Ultimately, you have
an Audience of One. And yes, in this world,
we will have troubles. But don’t get hung
up spinning through the endless cycle of
strive and letdown. Rest in Him. He is your
Friend. And He knows your frame. Take it
easy, Mama. Walk confidently. You know
who you are. His hand is on your head today.
1. New American Standard Bible Copyright © 1960-
1995 by The Lockman Foundation http://www
Do not be surprised
to discover them
transcending you in
one way or another
academically or even
in the arts or music or