"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God" (2 Corinthians 3:5).

As my eight-year-old son and I observed the craters on the moon for science class, his simple observation of the moon's reflection left a profound teaching on both our minds.

"Mom," he asked. "The moon really has no light of its own, does it?"

"No," I replied. "It simply reflects the light from the sun. If the sun was gone, the moon wouldn't shine either."

Thinking deeply, he looked at me and said, "That's the same way we would be without Jesus."

Amazed at his understanding of the two concepts, I answered, "Yes, that's right honey."

As homeschooling parents, we like to think that we are the ones who teach our children. However, anyone who has homeschooled for more than a few years knows this fact: apart from Christ, we are totally inadequate to teach our children. No college degree, teaching certificate, or earthly intelligence can prepare you to teach your children the right lesson at the right time or how to incorporate into your lesson the true wisdom that comes from God. Like the moon without the sun, we have no understanding on our own to impart the truths that will forever change our children's lives.

Yet, the good news is that you have Christ, the "light of the world" in you (John 9:5). Not only are you filled with His presence for teaching your children, but you also have the ability to reflect God's love to others by shining hope and encouragement into a very dark world. Just as Moses needed his shining face veiled after being with God (Exodus 34:29-35), your challenge as a homeschooling parent is to live in close obedience to God to reflect His light into your family and the world. "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee" (Isaiah 60:1-2).

Lord, let me reflect Your love and wisdom as I homeschool my children. Reveal any sin in my heart that would block Your light from shining in my life. In Christ's name I pray, Amen.

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Comments(7 comments)

LYDIA H 01/26/2010 10:33:51

Just wanted to let you know that since last evening I have recieved five devotions, all with different titles and yet, all containing identical message about son recognizing God's greatness with the moon and son reflecting etc.. If this has happened to me, probably to others also. I love getting these and hope this will be straigtned out. Hope you don't mind my letting you know this is happening.:)

God Bless you!

In Christ,

Lydia Hoppman

CARL V 01/26/2010 11:03:00

To Lydia and all our faithful Daily Focus readers,

We wish to convey our sincerest apologies for the inconsistent email delivery of the Daily Focus and the influx of emails today. Be assured, we have addressed this issue with our email provider, and you should again receive inspiring messages each day. Also, remember you can view the Daily Focus devotionals any time here on our blog.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

FRANCES B 01/26/2011 07:14:03

No biggie, Carl. We can deal with it. Besides, I didn't receive any of those. Go figure.

I enjoyed the story of how that young man made such a beautiful correlation between faith and science. God is great and touches every aspect of life on earth.

I pray for myself and all who read this that our Father in heaven would continue to work on each of us in just the way we need Him to. Amen!

JESSICA C 01/26/2012 09:58:20

Thank you for that devotion, it was really needed, well written and gratefully received! Hope you all have a blessed day reflecting our true Lord and Father!! Yipppeee!

TAMIKO C 01/26/2012 17:40:18

If you are going to complain Please think about the fact that you don\'t even have to view the devotions. I appreciate the fact that these devotions are sent ot me daily and i don\'t need a bunch of complaining to discourage the writer. Thank you.

Tamiko C.

STEVEN J 01/26/2012 19:38:46

I am new at home schooling my Daughter. can anyone help me out by telling me where I can buy the books she needs. I don\'t know what books to get to teach her. thanks so much..

RUTH RODRIGUEZ 01/27/2014 14:07:40

Steven J that is a hard question to answer, but please read Cathy Duffy "100 top picks for homeschool curriculums" ( you can get it at the library). Read from the beginning so it can help you figure out how you as a parent enjoy teaching and also your child's learning style and then gives you a list of curriculums and what learning style would enjoy what. It was the best book I read before starting this journey. I have an 11yr old and an 8yr old. I use Horizons Math and LOVE it and I use Monarch for language arts and science. For everything else I use "living books" and enjoy reading with the kids. The first year God "home schools you" :) go to a support group and talk to others moms about what is best for first year. I hope That helped.

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