In High Places

"For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God" (Romans 13:1b).

Standing in the rotunda of our state capitol, I knew this homeschooling field trip was going to be a memorable day for my children and me. We could feel the history of past generations all around us as we visited our state senator, a long-time family friend. We had come to see the compelling process of how a bill becomes a law, and we weren't disappointed.

Sitting on the floor of the legislature, our senator taught my children many things that day. He showed them how bills are introduced on the floor, how they are voted upon, and how bills get pigeon-holed because of amendments or filibusters. However, the most important lesson he taught them came when he humbly shared his faith in God and said, "All these honored congressmen and women are just ordinary people put in high places by God."

Jesus chose 12 men to represent Him to the world before He left Earth. These disciples started out as ordinary fishermen, tax collectors, and laborers, but Christ gave them all power and authority to be His witnesses (Mark 3:13-15). Although they didn't work in capitol buildings making laws, they were able to change the world through their faithful testimonies and God's mighty power.

Maybe you're feeling unimportant and insignificant today as a homeschool parent. Are you wondering if what you're doing really makes a difference? Although you may never stand before legislators or kings, God has given you an audience that He values very much — your children. These precious gifts have been given to you to teach, and He wants you to lead them into a personal, godly relationship with Him. Besides, who knows what great and mighty things will be accomplished through their ordinary lives?

Father, thank You for using ordinary people in this world to do great things. Strengthen me to be faithful in the place You have given me to be Your witness — my home. Show me how to teach my children to follow Your leadership, so You can use them mightily. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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GERMAN H 11/24/2008 21:13:32

I want to thank you for this encouraging message.It has blessed my life. Marianela Heredia

11/05/2009 06:40:47

I needed to be reminded of this today. We have been struggling in some areas of our homeschool. Sometimes, after 15 years of doing this, I still have days of doubts. Thank for words of encouragemnt. Regina

KAREN R 11/05/2009 06:42:42

Homeschooling parents need this constant reminder. They have chosen the path "less traveled". Everyday you must die to yourself to fulfill your vocation. Remember it is not what the world values but what God values!

LINDA W 11/24/2010 03:00:15

Thank you so much for this reminder.

DEANNA M 11/24/2010 05:27:21

As I went to bed last night I was feeling like my journey is ending. Our family has moved from Arizona to Indiana to Ohio. The laws are getting harder and our friends keep changing and I am feeling like it's to hard for me to continue, but as I went to bed I prayed my God to straighten me today. And through you daily devotional He has. Thank you for what your doing. Please keep it up. My God richly bless everyone!

Joy G 11/24/2010 07:28:45

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you! I enjoy reading these devotions every morning and being reminded of the details God wants to be a part of in each of our lives.

brandy t 11/27/2010 08:25:46

AMEN! Thanks for theses devotionals, and the reminder each time i read one of how much God loves me, and has givin me two beautiful children and the oppuritinty to be at home with them.

KRISTIN C 11/25/2011 09:28:14

Deanna M- Lord, I pray that you strengthen Deanna during this hard time. Thank you that You use these times to show off and strengthen our faith. Please lift her up and encourage her. Send some Godly, homeschooling women from her new community to her as new friends and encouragement. Please affirm in her why You have called her to homeschool her children even through the trials of this blessing. Lord, provide for her and show her that You are stronger than any man made law and You will bring her through any lagal battle if she may ever face one. And I thank You for the ones who have gone before us as homeschooling parents and rode the stormy waves of these battles holding firmly to You all the way through so that we may be here today living this blessing of being a homeschool family! In your mighty name I pray, Amen.

sabrina martinez 11/22/2013 18:14:56

I needed this...thank you.

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