To God Be the Glory

"So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase" (1 Corinthians 3:7).

One reason for the success of our homeschooling was the fact that my husband and I complemented each other in our personalities and abilities. He was the explorer and adventurer who loved to take the children on impromptu field trips to see and experience new things. I, on the other hand, loved staying home by the stuff with the comfort and familiarity of the day's homeschooling schedule. Our children loved both aspects of this team-teaching approach, including the secure, repetitive learning environment of my teaching and the surprise learning experiences Dad created. Homeschooling was never a one-man show. We both shaped our children's lives, and we both felt the rewards of seeing their educational success.

The apostle Paul realized, too, that he was not the only one who successfully preached the Gospel message to the early churches. Although he certainly could have taken credit for much of the work, Paul recognized the work of Apollos and other disciples. Rebuking the Corinthians for taking sides, Paul said, "Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man" (1 Corinthians 3:5)? Each did the work God gave him to do, "but God gave the increase" (1 Corinthians 3:6b).

Are you ever tempted to think your family's homeschooling success lies solely on you? Just as the responsibilities are not yours alone, neither are the blessings. As a family, you come together and learn from each other and God. The credit for whatever success comes from your homeschooling efforts really belongs to God. He is the One who gives the increase and the One who should receive the glory!

Lord, help me to humbly remember I am only a vessel used by You to teach the hearts of my children. You are the reason we homeschool and the reason for our success. I praise You and give You all the glory. Because of Jesus, Amen.

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Comments(9 comments)

KASANDRA L 02/18/2009 08:56:43

Thanks for the reminder! My husband is a busy guy so during the day I'm managing the work load of four children. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the craziness of the day and when something is not going right I start to feel that question in my mind "Why am I doing this?" But it is pleasing to God and I am blessed with the abilities that God has empowered me with. He is seeing His children grow in the knowledge of Him and I rejoice when I see my children excel because we have been obedient to His calling.

ELIZABETH J 02/18/2010 13:32:07

My husband and I are also both involved in the schooling of our children. He helps keep them on track, they know if the studies aren't done for thed day when Dad gets home Mom will tell! He isn't home most days like he would like to be but when it comes to the hard stuff (like math) he is the teacher, and mentor. The kids know they can always go to Dad when he gets home for a different aproach. Our style of teaching is so different and sometimes they just don't get it for me, but he can just barely touch on the subject and they grasp the whole concept. It makes me feel good knowing we have a support system like that.

ASHLEY M 02/18/2011 05:37:56

I have been praying for my husband to have a desire to become more involved and have a passion for teaching our children as well. To help him get started, I suggested he check our daughter\'s math int he evenings, and sit down with her to do corrections since he is very good at math. This has helped getting him started. I thinks sometimes we can push our husbands away in the way they do things, because it isn\'t the way we would do them, or teach them. But, I try to remember God created us each unique and we should be a team in teaching our children.

TINA M 02/18/2011 06:12:30

Absolutely! Thanks for the reminder. I never thought of it that way. I was only disappointed in the school system. God always has a plan! I also needed to spend the time with my daughter because she was really going through some things.

PAM G 02/18/2011 10:26:01

Thank you so much for your inspiring devotions!!! I am doing this alone. I made the right decision just three weeks ago to pull my sixteen year old out of public school and He along with my support system will continue to help me understand what I/we are doing!!!

God is good all the time!

JUDY H 02/20/2011 17:52:01

Judy H

Just want to let Pam know I\'ll be praying for you. Not easy to take them out after being in a long time(if thats the case) Pray dayly. Seek counsel and let others encourage you. God bless your courageous stand.

KATHY S 02/18/2012 08:24:46

Hang in there Pam ! God will help you every step of the way.

I too am alone, and started homeschooling my 12 year old just less than 3 months ago. God helps us everyday.

I am able to do what I do, only because of God.

Be Blessed and encouraged!!

TABITHA J 02/18/2012 11:51:54

I hope that when I start homeschooling that my husband will be supportive and help me out with homeschooling, instead of having me to do all of the work that is involved with homeschooling.

KATHY SPIELER 02/18/2013 13:52:30

Dear AOP,

I was so excied after a very long month to get these beloved devotionals back on my computor.

I am noticing that they have been all repeats, as I see that I wrote today and about all the days since I got them back.'Will there be any new ones? Or do you just repeat them every year over and over?

Thanks so much for answereing in advance.



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