Feeling Burdened and Heavy Laden?

Woman Ironing-Degas 1876

As homeschoolers, we often feel overwhelmed…we worry about our children and are desperate  to do a good job training and teaching them.  We want our children to walk with the Lord and never want to  them to stumble or feel discouraged.  Sometimes we overbook and schedule so much that we miss our family time, we miss our time to just hear ourselves think…we lose our peace and our vision. Unfortunately, every now and then, we  make mistakes…we miss the mark. Homeschooling is a huge responsibility and can feel like a heavy burden at times.  Christ appeals to us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30 KJV)  If we have  His yoke upon us, instead of the yoke of this world, we should gain a new perspective…and see things differently than the culture does.  He will teach and guide us.  He will give us wisdom and direction and we will be able to focus on those things which have eternal value.  If we are followers of the Lord Jesus, we are already “yoked” to him.  May we learn to submit to him every day as we train and disciple our children.  Then we will have peace and our burden will be light.

God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry
chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies grey and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost their courage.

Flood the path with light,
run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise;
tune our hearts to brave music;
give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age;
and so quicken our spirits
that we may be able to encourage the souls of all
who journey with us on the road of life,
to Your honour and glory.
Augustine

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