“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” -Ephesians 2: 8-9The car I talked about earlier is in need of grace. It is in need of time and attention. As those things are given it will be able to run. Starting the car without them could damage the engine. The car will begin to run, and the damage may go unseen, but it may limit the car’s useful life. Meet your children’s individual needs to be primed, or prepared to work. Seek God for the avenues of motivation and encouragement that will draw out their particular gifts and talents. The results will be worth it. Debbie Strayer became a part of the homeschooling movement in 1988 when she and husband Greg began their journey as homeschoolers. Prior to that time, Debbie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in education. Since joining this wonderful movement that combines the importance of spiritual and educational development, she had many years of experience as an educator, author, speaker, consultant and homeschool evaluator.
It seems that Paul did a great many things right, so you might think he would not have need of unmerited favor because he could receive favor for all the good things he did, and all of his obedience to God. Apparently, Paul needed God’s grace just as you and I do. Grace is made available to those who are in need. Grace is not available to the proud (James 4:6) but is given to the humble, those willing to admit their need. If you are striving to do everything right in your schooling and make your children do everything right, then the winter months may be tough for you. If you feel stressed, discouraged or inadequate from trying to make it all work, trying times may be ahead. If you will “draw near to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16), however, to “find grace to help in time of need”, you and your children may experience a release from striving and a freedom that can allow God’s grace to sustain you. How do we receive God’s grace? We ask. We humble ourselves, admit our need for God’s power to do what we cannot, and then we rest in the fact that He will accomplish what we, in our own strength and wisdom, can not. In our homeschooling, God’s grace is evident on a daily basis. When we rely on God to give us ideas and then we follow up on them, He can be the Master Teacher. When we listen to His voice instead of our fears, our children can be taught and encouraged and motivated in such a way that they enjoy learning and come to know and recognize God’s grace as well. We can extend love to a struggling teen, because God’s grace will direct him to the truth about himself and about God. We can allow the young boy or girl time to learn to read proficiently, knowing that God’s arm is not short, nor his hearing dull concerning your prayers. Why is it important for our children to see God’s grace extended to them? Because without God’s grace we can’t see our Savior’s face: