|An oak tree growing from an acorn. Image courtesy of WikiHow.|
Love and TrustWe must love and nurture each child at their own pace, without concerning ourselves with where the world says they "should" be. We are the stewards over our "crops." We are the gardeners that God has called to teach our children. The "experts" can never love our children or know them as we do. And even if they do love them, or are more qualified, or have more knowledge and experience, they are not the Master Gardner over our vineyards. WE ARE.
And because we have been called to labor in the vineyards of our homes, we have each been given the gifts we need to complete the work well. If the Creator of all trusts us with the raising and education of His children, shouldn't we trust ourselves? At the very least, we can trust HIM and His guidance in our lives.
So when our child is struggling in an area, do we ask the Lord for his help? Do we trust His answers when we receive them, even if the answers are "Wait," "Try again later," or "Do something different"?
The best thing we can do is to trust the natural processes that exist in our lives. Waiting on the Lord's timing may be the most difficult thing we can do right now, but He IS still in charge, He DOES have a plan, and we CAN trust in it!
The babies WILL come, the seedlings WILL sprout, our children WILL read/do-long-division/understand-fractions, and the time will pass all too quickly. What a priviledge it is to work with the Master Gardener! I want to enjoy every moment of the experience!
Rachel is the happy mother of eleven children between the ages of 18 and two years old-- and Baby #12 WAS due October 1st, 2012! Now in her thirteenth year of homeschooling, she continues to be an enthusiastic advocate for Thomas Jefferson Education principles and has spoken at several homeschool and TJEd conferences. She enjoys Shakespeare and has recently completed an entire Shakespeare curriculum for homeschoolers and homeschool groups, now available at www.yeshakespeare.com. She blogs at Thoughts From The Hearth and at Old Fashioned Motherhood .