I’m deep, deep into my book about #OrdinaryIsExtraordinary this week. The manuscript is due to the publisher at the end of this month, and I’m making a last effort to cram extra awesome into it for you. So that’s why I’m not around her much; I’m buried in pages and notes and heavy red marks. Send coffee.
While I’m gone, my friend Tina Nahid offered to stop by and give you a special gift of encouragement. Tina is one of those rare friends–someone who has watched me eat and still likes me! I can really chow down, and I will fight you for the chips and salsa, but Tina doesn’t let that intimidate her.
We no longer get to share the chip basket at Homeschool Moms Dinner Club, because Tina up and moved on us. But she left me this devotional, Five Minute Devotions for the Homeschool Mom. Tina knows we homeschool moms need a grab-and-go encouragement, a quick meditation to pray over as we work through our day.
So be sure to sign up at the end to win your own copy of this devotional! Or just go ahead and grab yourself a copy for less than a dollar. You’ll be glad you did.
Today, Tina is giving us a new perspective with a sample from her book. Pray over this as you teach your children.
The Divine Spark
If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature.
Every human being has been created in the image of our Creator God. Thus, we all carry a unique “spark” of the Divine within us. How amazing is this? How awesome! But, oh, how often we miss this truth in our daily lives, in the lives of not only our children but ourselves as well. Sometimes we are so bogged down and conformed to the world around us that we become only a shadow of who we were really meant to be.
Educating our children at home offers a unique opportunity for us as moms to capture the “divine sparks” of our children and harness their potential in countless ways. Yet, sadly in my case, I find that my need to “control” their behavior often snuffs out the creative “sparks” that make them who they are. I am becoming more and more aware of this controlling tendency, and I am thankful the Holy Spirit is illuminating this issue in my life.
Our children are not cookie-cutter people. We don’t really want them to be, do we? Not deep down. We want them to flourish and thrive as the unique and special individuals they were created to be. Yet, forcing them into a “box” when it comes to their learning will not achieve this end. Allowing them more freedom to direct their own learning and giving them options and choices in exploring the world around them will prove far more beneficial to them as they mature.
Let’s allow this paradigm shift to begin to sink in today. Let’s not only allow their differences to manifest, but let’s celebrate those distinct differences in our children, and in ourselves as well! Let’s think about how their education could be tailored specifically to their own personalities and gifts. There are variety of ways in which we can do this. Let’s just follow the Holy Spirit’s lead.
Scripture of Meditation:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
Dearest Abba, thank you for creating me with a spark of who you are. Thank you for your amazing love to create human beings in your image. Help me to become more aware of my children’s unique personalities, and help me to give them more freedom and self-direction in their education, and to trust you instead of trying to control. Amen.
Tina Nahid is a wife and stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of 16 years. She has 3 children ages 14, 12, and 9. She serves in her homeschooling support group and is very active in the community and her church family. Tina has a Master’s in English and enjoys reading, travelling, mom’s night outs, dates with hubby, field trips, her pets, and mission work. Tina lives in Bowling Green, KY.
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