Another Day at the Sink

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

If homeschool parents had lecture podiums like school teachers, mine would have definitely been the kitchen sink. From this central location, I was able to deliver endless hours of instruction in spelling words, poem memorization, and multiplication facts. Multitasking from this "lectern" proved to be the only way I could complete daily lesson plans and my chores of washing dishes, preparing meals, and cleaning messes.

However, more than academics were taught from this homeschooling hub. The kitchen sink was also the center of holiday activities, political and theological debates, and personal counseling sessions while washing and drying dishes. Although I felt chained to it at times, I realized later that the kitchen sink was the center of our family's home. My children's fondest homeschool memories were seeing their mother happily working in the kitchen and knowing she was available to answer any question they might have.

God wants to be the center of your life, too. His podium is not a kitchen sink, but a great white throne (Revelation 20:11). From it, He is able to answer your prayers, and He loves to instruct you each day in how to live your life for Him. You can come boldly to this throne of grace anytime you are afraid or unsure about what to do. If homeschooling is starting to make you feel chained down, find the secret of success by keeping God in the center of your life. Go to the center of the Bible, Psalm 118:8, and rediscover how you can be in the center of God's will today.

Jesus, I invite You to be the center of my life and home. Thank You for being such a loving God who answers all of my prayers. The strength of Your holy presence brings joy to my soul and peace to my anxious heart. In Your name, Amen.

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TARA M 11/20/2008 05:17:44

This is exactly what I needed to pick me up and carry me through the day...

EILEEN M 11/20/2010 03:49:15

I can truley relate to this!

BETH H 11/20/2010 06:18:55

Beautiful picture of how to be available to my children. I need to spend more time at the kitchen sink then on the computer! Thanks for the reminder, God bless you.

HOLLY P 11/20/2010 18:23:29

It's amaizing what you can accomplish when you include your children. Wether it's having them do those things with you or just being avialable to them while doing it. Thanks for that wonderful reminder to keep God in the center of our lives.

TERESA C 11/21/2010 15:19:15

so funny the things we can accomplish at the kitchen sink!!! I never thought about the sink being my "podium" but it is a place I spend a lot of time..washing and teaching!!

ELIZABETH A 11/20/2012 06:23:36

When I started reading this devotion and Hebrews 4:16 was right there, it was such an awesome reminder how God show us in different ways that He is with us and hears our prayers. When we pray and ask God to show us what we need, He will confirm to us in many ways if we are listening to what he is trying to tell us. The last part of my personal devotions with my son this morning was HEBREWS 4:16. Be Grace-minded - Grace is God giving to us what we don\'t deserve, Yet God clearly shows us in His word \"To come boldly and receive mercy and grace in your time of need\". If I hadn\'t allowed my son to change my plans this morning, I might have missed what God was speaking to me. I pray this is an encouragement to someone this morning. (My firtst time reading these devotions from Daily Focus and they and all the posts are such a Blessing)! P.S. - The Kitchen Sink - God also has a sense of Humor....May all of you have a Blessed day as we spend it homeschooling and teaching our children the Love of God.

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