Great Expectations

Countless times during the day, homeschooling parents are approached by their children with a request. Expectantly, they come for advice, help with a problem, or words of encouragement and love. The thought that you might not have the answer, the time, or the ability to help never crosses your mind. Most homeschool parents gladly respond by doing all they can to meet these great expectations.

If you are a child of the King, you also have the same ability to come before your heavenly Father with your requests. Hebrews 4:16 tells us, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Unlike the limitations you face when meeting your child's requests, Jesus has the ability to give you everything you need and waits to show you the "exceeding riches of His grace" (Ephesians 2:7). He never gets tired when you ask Him countless questions or even the same question repeatedly. Christ even loves you with an "everlasting love" and seeks to draw you unto Himself (Jeremiah 31:3b).

Is there a question on your mind that you would like to talk about with Jesus? Are you wondering how to pay your bills on one income, how to find time during the day for yourself, or how to seek forgiveness from your children for losing your patience? Because Christ shed His blood on the cross, you can come boldly before God's throne of grace. You don't even have to wait your turn! God is capable of multi-tasking, and He can meet more than one need at a time. All you have to do is come, ask, and receive. "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him" (1 John 5:14-15).

Lord, thank You for being such a great God who can meet all my needs. I rejoice that I can come to You each day and find the help, advice, love, and encouragement I need to homeschool. I worship You today! In Jesus' name, Amen.

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LYNDA B 11/08/2008 06:18:13

Thanks for this daily focus today, I really needed it. In Jesus Name

TRACEY D 11/09/2008 11:20:39

Now is probably a good time for all of us to be reminded that we can go to our Heavenly Father for all of our needs. Thanks for sending out this daily shot of encouragement and advice.

EILEEN M 11/08/2010 03:51:58

I woke up with insomnia last night for about 1 hour. I once heard a priest say insomnia is time for prayer. What a joy! I turned my problem into a treasure by spending most of the time in prayer!

MARK B 11/08/2010 04:56:33

Eileen, I can relate!

MARK B 11/08/2010 04:58:38

Mark B is really Laurie B that posted that last comment! He's my husband and I didn't realize his name would pop up instead of mine!

Heather O 11/08/2010 05:25:25

Thank you for putting the entire post in the e-mail!!! :)

HOLLIE H 11/08/2010 07:12:57

What an important reminder that God is always there to help us! Thank you, I needed that! A helpful suggestion for the people who are finding the new format of this devotional too difficult to read; if I can stop myself from reading the e-mail and instead just click the words at the top of the page where it says" read it on-line", as soon as the page appears, the entire message is quickly displayed. It's just that remembering part that is most difficult for me!

CELIA C 11/08/2010 07:18:42

Thanks again and again! So many times when I've read the daily focus, it has spoken to what I'm going through and has lifted me up with God's word. Celia C.

SARA Q 11/08/2010 08:32:32

This is my first year homeschooling. I have 4 children and at this time I'm only homeschooling one of them. The other 3 are in public school. I just wrote an email this morning to a fellow homeschool mom telling her how I admire her patience with her 3 children whom she has homeschooled from day one. I told her that next year I plan to school my 13 and 15 year old but I don't think I have the patience to school my ,what will be then, 2 first graders. I told her I lose my patience too quickly. Then I read this daily devotional. I'm glad to know other homeschool moms lose their patience. I guess I have this picture in my head that they are all "June Cleavers" I'm taking my request for more patience to my Lord and Savior and looking forward to what the next year holds as far as homeschooling all 4 of my boys.

BRENDA T 11/08/2010 15:31:56

Loved the single page!

OLIVIA S 11/09/2010 08:04:22

Thanks for this devotion, I know its common sense to know that we can go to our Father for everything, but to be honest I thought he would be irritated or I was being so selfish, but this made me think twice, that I can always go to him no matter what, I was always concerned If I prayed right or just tried to be Perfect, but NO ONE is! so I can go to the Father anytime I like, that is so Awesome, and of course if it's an unnecessary prayer, it won't be granted! I like the sound of that! ahhh... another day of relaxation, don't you love learning new things? I love learning more about my Father, and his characteristics,,He is Love, full of grace and mercy, and I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!

MARCEE H 11/08/2011 05:27:07

Olivia, I love watching for your comments. It is exciting when we learn a new truth. Our God is a god of love. One of the names used for God in the Bible is Abba, it means daddy. That's one of my favorite names for Him because it reminds me that I can crawl up on his lap and talk to Him about anything. His love for us in nothing we will be able to comprehend this side of heaven! That is an exciting truth. Thanks for sharing you questions and comments.

KATHY S 11/08/2012 06:22:59

Olivia S. I also love reading your comments. You are doing a wonderful job with your homeschooling and in your walk wioth the Lord!

AIDA G 11/08/2012 08:48:09

I truly appreciate the daily focus. Thank you so much for all you do and share. I am feeling less alone and more connected. I am looking forward to meeting more homeschool parents next week and being part of something so needed in this nation and so special. Again thank you.

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