Blinding Problems

"When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path" (Psalm 142:3a).

We should have never started on our three-hour trip home after attending my oldest daughter's college graduation. The farther we traveled, the lower the visibility became from the blinding snow. Eventually, we couldn't see the road at all. Since turning back was just as far as traveling to the next town, we continued down the road. The close homeschooling relationship between my husband and son was soon to be tested. Sticking his head out the passenger window to see the white line on the road's edge, my son started giving directions to my husband and said, "Move a little left" or "Move a little right." For the next hour, my husband put his total faith in my son's navigation and literally drove blind in the raging blizzard.

Trusting the Lord when you can't see the way through life's difficulties is even a greater challenge than a blinding snow storm. Emotional pain and hardships blind you to God's love and rob you of your faith. You are tempted to believe that God has left you, and you doubt His loving care. Instead of trusting in His promises, you try to escape the pain on your own and fail to stay in the middle of His will. Trusting in your own human understanding, you head for the ditch and destruction.

Is homeschooling testing your faith in God in a way you never imagined? Are you wondering why He started you down the path of teaching your children when it is so difficult to see the daily obstacles and hazards? God knows what lies ahead, and He will tell you if you need to move a little left or right. He hasn't abandoned you and promises to help with parenting problems, financial problems, and even loneliness. Homeschooling works — don't give up the faith! "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:7).

Father, I cry out to You for help with my homeschooling. I am lost and need Your guidance. Show me the way, so Your perfect will is accomplished in my children's lives. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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CYNTHIA W 03/20/2011 05:31:19

Just the reminder I needed as I consider our curriculum choices for the coming year. What do we stick with and what do we change (and what do we change TO) are all questions I need to bring before God before I spend our hard-earned money. Thanks for this!

CARIN M 03/20/2011 08:16:47

I love these daily morning devotionals. This one is just what I needed to hear this morning for all of the difficulties in life. Thank you!

DIANA F 03/20/2011 12:14:46

I love the daily devotions they are a very good way to help start the day. Alot of people want to look down on homeschooling they say your kids are not gonna know how to react when they get out in the world they want to say they're being to sheltered. but what theydon't realize is the things they're being sheltered from is bad things things that could mess they're lives up. the devotions really help keep you going. it is a pick up all homeschoolers need

HOLLIE H 03/20/2011 20:21:40

Thank you! This was a wonderful encouragement that I needed so much right now! God bless you!

SERENITY J 03/21/2011 01:12:55

I have days where I tear my hair out and days where my remaining hair is standing on ends. I find the only way through it all is to try and find that precious time alone with God that we all need so desperately. I often feel like I am in that snow blizzard like you described but it is by the grace of God who sends encouraging words of wisdom through an obedient sister in Christ like you! so thank-you :)

KELLY J 03/21/2011 05:10:21

It's amazing that this devotion came today.....our boys are dealing with "getting along" with one another and with the attitudes towards school. I myself am lost on how to deal with these issues ALL the time. I often find myself just wanting everyone to be quiet and having time to myself instead of going to the Lord. I know that He is the only one that can get me through this time and over the hurdles of homeschooling. I have questioned many times on WHY am i really homeschooling. Everytime it comes back that this is what the Lord's plan is for me and then I feel a sense of peace.......and then the cycle begins again. This is a real test of my faith and the acknowledgment of His grace in my life. Lord, thank you for giving me the strength to get through every day that you have blessed me with. Help me to continue to rely on you everyday. In Jesus' name, AMEN

KELLE F 03/21/2011 11:58:46

It never ceases to amaze me how God reaches out to me in these messages. I am so grateful for these daily devotions. I am feeling those exact things and have told no one... but God knows. I am feeling alone, incapable, blind...feeling the pinch of financial issues. Thank you God for reminding me you called me here... you will provide. Forgive me for my lack of faith, thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Amen.

RUSS P 03/20/2012 03:16:40

I like the idea of the father trusting the Son. I was forever changed when I once read a book that had a simple passage in it. \"Your Son is counting on you\". I often think of that, because my Son cannot understand what my love and effort will mean some day, he must simply trust in my love. We must also trust in God\'s love, even if we cannot always see ahead ourselves.

BETH A 03/20/2012 06:19:34

Many times I\'m encouraged in my homeschooling with these messages.... With this one, I\'m encouraged with facing daily trials in this world.

KATHY S 03/20/2012 08:29:01

After getting home from the hospital Friday night quite late, I was happy to get into my bed and go to sleep, little did I know what the next day had in store for me. Saturday, my first whole day home, the peace of no one coming in my room every 4 hours for poking, prodding, temperature taking ect. I finally knew what was wrong with my foot, it was broken and severley infected, I had medicine for the pain and for the infection, I would get through this day. As we all have experienced, when you picture that nice stress free day in your head, does it ever really turn out as we pictured it ? No. And this would be no exception to that rule. Took the first anti biotic, noticed some fatigue, slight pain/soreness.So, o.k., going too have a little side effect pain, better my infection heals. Pill # 2 my pain spread and got a littl bit worse, still holding up. 3rd dose at midnight, after a very short time I started to feel what I compare to \"labor pains\" shooting down both arms into my wrists and hands, my upper back started too, so much that the medication the Doctor told me to take for the pain in my foot, didn\'t seem to be helping this at all. After about 2 hours of suffereing, I got out of the bed and hobbled to the wheelchair, rooled into the living room and turned on the T.V. The night before, on one of the Christian Channels, I had been watching a movie, so that particular channel was still on. The topic on the program was \"angels\" and of course God. as I watched, they started praying, so I started too. I had been in this severe pain for about 3 1/2 hours now, as I prayed as hard as I could begging God to take this pain away and show me what to do. And most of all, if this was something fatal, that he would spare my life. Should I wake up my son and call my 74 year old mother in the middle of the night again? Would this be trip # 4 in the ambulance to the hospital? I didn\'t wan\'t to think about it, I just kept praying for relief. God gave me that relief, after my prayers, it all stopped , all my pain, everywhere ! Only for an hour, but, God knew I could not take anymore, so I beleive he gave me that one hour of relief, just enough for me to rest so I could bear whatever was ahead of me. I must have napped for that short time, as when I woke up, I looked at the clock, and it was one hour later from my prayer. The pains started up again, not quite as severe, but still quite bad they lasted for 3 more hours, and then, they just subsided. I believe, and the Doctor seems to agree, that the anti biotics they put me on, I was alergic to, or was just having some very painful side effects. I actually thought perhaps I was going into a heart attack as pain shooting down the arms can be a symptom. But, instead of calling 911, I called on Jesus, and beleiving he would help me, he did. Blind faith, just trusting in the Lord completely, not seeing what is ahead, but trusting God to get you through it. It is one of the hardest things to do, yet, God truly wants that trust from us. Thank you to the Author for writing this, just as you could not see through the blizzard, but trusted God to get through it anyway, I couldn\'t see through the pain, but trusted God and he got me through. May Jesus Bless all today !

GENUS V 03/20/2012 09:15:43

Diana F: I wish, I wish . . . that someone would have sheltered me from \"worldly experiences\" when I was a child. My mother, the eldest of 9 siblings basically raised them, although present, her mother: an alcoholic, her father: workied many many hours. When she started having us, she never stopped \"sheltering\" her siblings, even when it came to the issue of incest! She\'s laid 1/2 to rest and others, I\'m not certain how their lives are progressing. The lack of shelter left much room for my siblings and I to \"experience\" all the world had to offer at very young ages. Thank God we\'ve come out, fairly unscathed. I say fairly, because if you\'ve experienced world trauma then you still have the scars from it. All this being said, the next time someone mentions the issue of home school children being \"too sheltered\" let them know that grown adults want. need and PRAY for shelter and PROTECTION from the Creator, so keeping your children sheltered is the natural order of things. Peace!

LAURA D 03/20/2012 10:26:00

Each one of these messages really blesses me... thank you.

CARRIE K 03/20/2012 12:30:27

Very thankful for this message - thank you, Father!

VANESSA W 03/20/2012 14:36:58

Oh my goodness! It\'s as if you are reading my mind and my life. Thank you Lord for Remembering me. Motivating my 9 year old and dealing with two very rambunctious toddlers and a daughter has really been trying.

CASSITY J 03/21/2012 20:31:36

Been under attack the last few days. Family disapproves of homeschooling our children. Feeling lonely. Being unsure if I\'m doing the best thing. Financially strained to say the least. See? Under attack! But I am so glad to see this at such a low point. And I know things will get better! Thanks for speaking to me today!

SHARON FRY 03/20/2013 13:39:14

Thank you thank you Thank You! God has once again used your devotion to minister to my heart. I'm so overwhelmed with so many things in our life right now, I have recently begun questioning my home schooling abilities because we are so far behind. This was the exact scripture I needed. And that has happened countless times with this devotion. All I could do as I read was cry and thank Jesus.

Shelly Blevins 03/20/2013 16:20:16

Thank you so much for this devotion. I am dealing with some physical and emotional suffering right now. With these challenges and trying to homeschool I am learning each day to trust God and let him work and not try to do it on my own merit. I pray each day to give me wisdom and knowledge and grow in him. God Bless

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