The Done Box

Sitting in the corner of our kitchen like a trophy on a mantle was the done box. Each homeschooling year began with a new box to collect each of our children's completed worksheets and lessons. Originally designed to provide documentation of our children's schoolwork to state authorities, the done box came to represent something different throughout the homeschooling years.

The done box became a physical representation of my children's diligence, hard work, and determination to complete their studies. When we became discouraged and thought we had not achieved much in our homeschooling, the piles of paper in the done box became a reminder of our productivity. Seeing what we had completed motivated us to continue working hard to finish our homeschool year.

Many times, we wonder if God is really leading us in our spiritual walk. Like David in Psalms, we need to remember where we have been and how God has led us (Psalm 42:6). Looking back on all God had done for him as king, David could only sing praises to God and look forward to the next step in God's plan.

Do you need to be encouraged in your homeschooling today? Take a look back and see what you have accomplished with your children. Have your children become good readers? Do you see godly character qualities reflected in their behavior? Is your family emotionally close and strong? Thank God today for what He has strengthened you to do and continue looking forward to the next homeschooling step. "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14).

Jesus, I give You the glory for the homeschool blessings You have given to our family. Thank You for all the past victories and encourage me to trust You for our homeschooling future. In Your precious name, Amen.

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Amy D 11/19/2008 05:47:35

Every good idea. Thanks for the encouragement .

TONYA D 11/19/2008 07:28:46

We just had a Mom's meeting for our local home school group. The topic was "what blesses your home school day" your daily devotional would definitely be one thing that blesses me every day! Thanks! t

KASSIDY L 11/19/2008 09:03:16

very cool! i will definetly suggest it

JENNIFER W 11/19/2009 07:08:33

I cannot begin to tell you what a blessing your devotionals have been to me. Every morning they encourage me, and often I am left with tears in my eyes and looking deeper into my Bible. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and insight, you are greatly helping my family.

BROOK L 11/19/2009 11:22:54

I am continually encouraged by these devotionals. I purchased the devotional book last year and I am sharing the devotionals with a friend of mine who is seriously considering starting to homeschool. As today's devotional reminds us...we MUST look at our homeschooling efforts as a whole and not individual days....some days are well....not as productive as others....but that is true in life too. God Bless!

TIGRIS G 11/19/2010 07:46:46

Wow, just the uplift I needed for the day/week/year. This is an encouraging messages I do not want to get rid of. Thank God for inspiring "you" to send this to us.

CHRISTY P 11/19/2010 08:31:18

Thank you so much for this wonderful devo this morning! I, like the previous posters, so appreciate your ministry! I look forward to the encouragement but I always look forward to what God is going to open my eyes to thru these devos! Thank you and may God continue to bless this ministry. Christy

SARAH H 11/19/2011 12:41:33

If we could only remember all the good things God has done for us it would certainly prompt our hearts to be more thankful. This is a great idea for finding a way to record answers to prayer, as well as ways in which God has worked in our lives to remember like the "done box."

DARIAN L 11/19/2011 13:32:15

Wow! I really needed this, I'm homeschooling my 4 boys, these devotionals are a blessing! Mrs.Darian L.

Nancy Guess 11/19/2014 15:42:03

Once again, perfect timing! I have been having touble with my 9 year old son, he just wants to study science, history and bible. The mention of MATH sends him running. This is very discouraging and makes you sit back and wonder, "Am I getting enough done? Are we progressing?" We happen to have a done box also. I sat down the other day with this overflowing box and went through it. I had forgotten the things buried in the bottom, smiled at the drawings and art work and realized we had completed sooo much, the box couldn't be closed to tape it shut. I have done this for 12 years and all of the done boxes for each year are packed in my basement. What memories they hold!

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