Thought: Easter Everyday
Homeschool Tip: Distractions
Hymn/Poem: In Thee
Easter celebrations are over. Family
and friends have left. Most of us are
settling back into our normal routines.
Yet Easter’s glorious truths provide the key to living every
day of our lives. Easter means that Jesus’
finished work on the cross was sufficient. That
He did everything necessary for our salvation. That
He lives and has the power to save and sanctify each and every one of us. That
what we could never do, He did.
Easter reminds us that it’s not about us. Jesus finished
the work. Jesus conquered the
grave. He did it all! We
need to trust Him and cling to His life, not just for salvation, but
for the righteousness and strength we need each and every moment of our lives.
There have been many times over the last month where I have
felt entirely inadequate. I have often
felt unable to do anything but curl up and feel sorry for myself or complain to others. But
then God whispered, “Make Me keeper of your heart. Let
Me do what you can’t. Let Me give you
My strength, My words, and My joy. You
are 100% sin, but I have 100% righteousness I want to wrap you in. You
have nothing but death in yourself, but I long to give you My eternal life. You
can’t handle this. But I can. Won’t
you let Me?” What a blessed freedom there
is in confessing to God that we have nothing and letting Him give us Himself!
I used to think that I somehow had to try to make myself into
a better Christian. It is easy to fall
into the misconception that sanctification somehow rests with us. Yet
sanctification, like salvation, isn’t about us getting better or pleasing God; it
is about us realizing our sinfulness and clinging to Jesus’ righteousness and strength. We never will
have anything righteous in ourselves; we need to cling each day to Jesus’ righteousness
and strength. The glorious Easter truth
that Jesus lives and offers us His righteousness gives us life and hope each
and every day.
I would like to encourage you to run to Jesus and let Him give
you His heart. Give Him your thoughts
and let Him give you His. Give Him your
burdens and let Him bear them. Confess
that you have no strength and let Him give you His strength. Admit
your sinfulness and let Him give you His righteousness. Let
the glorious truths of Easter impact the way you live everyday.
surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew
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At first, the crowd cheered. They
liked watching the fantastic dribbling. But
they quickly became concerned. Why were
the Rockets spending their entire time dribbling? No
one on the Rockets had taken a shot in over five minutes. The
team seemed entirely consumed with dribbling.
The crowd was not the only one concerned. The
coach soon called a time out. “What do
you guys think you’re doing?” he demanded.
The players stared at him in surprise. “You
told us to work on being good dribblers. So
we made that our goal,” one of them finally volunteered.
The coach groaned. “That’s
not what I meant. Your goal is the basket. Don’t
let anything, not even good dribbling, keep you from that goal. Do
I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes
through the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that
comes from God and is by faith. I want
to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and
the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings…I press on toward the goal to win
the prize for which God ahs called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians
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Springtime brings with it green grass and flowers, longer
days, and refreshing warmth. Yet spring’s
welcomed arrival also brings a challenge for homeschooling: Spring Fever. The
warm sunlight streaming in the window beckons of warmth and fun outdoors, taking thoughts
away from schoolwork.
is easy to get distracted from schoolwork, especially in the spring. Yet
it is even easier for us to get distracted from our real goal in homeschooling. Our
goal in homeschooling, as in every other area of life, should be to depend on and
know the Lord each and every day.
“I want to know Christ and the power of his
resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings…I press on toward the
goal to win the prize for which God ahs called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians
Often, however, things distract us from the Lord. Our
children can be a major distraction. Many
times, we base our idea of success on our children’s academic progress and character
development. If we are pleased with their
progress, we consider ourselves successful. If
not, we feel overcome by a sense of failure.
Yet true success in homeschooling isn’t based on our children
or our feelings. We should measure success
by whether we are abiding in Christ and His love and letting Him teach us. If
we are depending on Him, we are successful, no matter what the outward progress. Our
goal needs to be, not academic success or good children, but Christ alone.
As you notice the spring weather distracting you and your children
from your schoolwork, remember that other things are trying to distract you from the
Lord. Ask yourself, “Is my heart fully
devoted to the Lord, or am I getting distracted?”
--By Cris and Katherine Loop
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When I look into my own heart,
I see nothing but evil in every
My knowledge, my works, my best
They are all in sin wrought.
Yet, Oh, Lord, You have made a
I will cling to Your cross today.
For although I have no good in
Hope and salvation lie in Thee.
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