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How God used a Math
Lesson to Teach a Homeschool Mom
Has God ever used homeschool parenting to
teach you (the parent) a lesson? Of course, He has! We all
have experienced it. Sometimes we find working with our
children to be frustrating and certainly not an opportunity to draw nearer to
God. But recently as I have been dealing with a difficult
personal situation and feeling really out of sorts and cranky at best, God has
used a teaching opportunity with my son to teach me. I kept
asking God to please give me some answers as to how to deal with this problem as
it seems too big to handle right now. God seemed very oddly
Just the other day, Joshua was struggling to memorize his
multiplication facts. He was getting discouraged trying to
remember that huge stack of multiplication cards. But I knew
he needed to commit those math facts to memory or everything else in math would
be so much harder. Then God placed an idea in my head that
is used to some extent in Math It. I suggested to Josh that
because he already knew his multiplication facts for the 1s, 2s and 3s pretty
good, he should separate out just the 4s next. With just
those few cards, it didn’t seem to daunting to him. He found
a quiet corner and within a few minutes committed those facts to memory.
That same day he mastered the 5s (which are easy), and the 6s.
Because he did them in small doses, he could handle it and memorize it.
Then he stacked them all up all the 1s – 6s and showed me with great
delight how he had mastered them. The next day he mastered
the 7s. The next the 8s and 9s. What he
discovered was that he had already mastered some of the “harder/higher” numbers
already in the 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s. So he had only a few left
to learn. The 10s were a breeze and the 11s are almost
mastered. Now all that remains is a couple of 12s.
He is so excited and math will be so much easier for him.
He used to spend so long trying to figure out a problem because he didn’t
know for sure what all his multiplication facts were.
God used that
situation to teach me to take my problem and divide it into small doses of
doable sections. Instead of trying to tackle it all at once,
I need to take a section and work on it until that is mastered and then deal
with the next. And that is how God is longing to parent us
always. We (I) get discouraged and start falling apart
because the “things” of life are soooo big. But God longs to
show us to take small bites and chew them well. I wish I
could show you a picture of the pure joy on Joshua’s sweet face as he mastered
all but a few cards out of that huge deck of math facts. I
want to remember that look, because that delight can be ours as we master just
one small step at a time.
And that is what
this months article is all about. It is about
the Spirit. But the concepts can be used for marriage by the
Spirit and total Life by the Spirit. We aren’t alone even
though we feel like it at times. We have
an awesome God asking us not to get distracted by the amount of work to do or
the many other things we have to face, but to instead moment by moment seek His
Will and learn that He really only wants us to take small steps so we can master
those areas before moving on. Just like in Mathematics, not
knowing those math facts can really hang us up from learning advanced concepts,
so we too, need to master one step at a time so we can take on the harder
challenges ahead. Without the first steps being taken, we
will flounder over and over again until we learn this simple lesson.
So, here is one homeschool mom learning to take one small piece at a time
to master it completely.
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