Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16
All around the world there are many people who are longing or desiring for a better place to live. For some it is seeking to be in a different country, while for most it is just in a different part of their own country.
Many feel that if they were living in a certain area, life would just be great with very few problems. Often the perfect place is never actually found.
The author of Hebrews had been talking about men and women of faith. He states that they were seeking a home outside of this earthly realm and that God is preparing them that new home.
While the world is seeking the perfect place to live on this earth, believers have something greater to look forward to. No nation on this earth is perfect, because every nation is made up by and ruled by men who are sinners and fail.
So instead of seeking out a new place here on the earth, believers are looking forward to a new place in heaven.
Every believer is on a journey to a new place being prepared for them in heaven, even while they live on this earth. This journey is one of faith. No one can see the new place in heaven, but believe that God is preparing it for them as He says He is.
As one believes God’s word about eternal life in heaven, it gives one strength to keep moving forward. He will not grow discouraged when faced with the troubles of this world, because he knows that there is a better life coming.
You will have days in your life that there are many struggles. Instead of focusing on a new place here on their earth, focus upon what God has in store for you.
Put your heart upon being with God for eternity in heaven, the best place possible. God is preparing the perfect home for you right now. It will only be a matter of time before you get to go to that new home.
Do not focus upon the temporary places of this earth, that will fade away, but upon God and His kingdom. You belong to God and He will give you the best in the end.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you a vision of what He has prepared for you; that you will trust God’s promises to you; that you will not get discouraged with the temporary things of this earth; and that you will live to please God.
This was originally posted on the Sped Homeschool website. My wife, Cammie, wrote this and has been homeschooling for over 20 years and is still homeschooling several children. If you homeschool and have special children in your home, please go to their website. The group has been started to help homeschool parents with children who have special needs at a national level. The organization was originally started in Texas and has now been able to go national.
Have you ever wondered just why spaghetti sauce tastes best when simmered for hours over low heat verses just mixing all the ingredients up as fast as you can? Or why a roast is more tender and juicy when it’s slow cooked on a lower temperature than cooked on high for a shorter time? It has to do with being patient for everything to break down and come together in its own time.
Complex Parts Come Together with Time
It’s the same with homeschooling. We all have different ingredients in the form of employment, family size, level of special needs, appointments, therapies and curriculum. So why do we compare our family with that of another and try to recreate their recipe for success in our own homeschool?
Slow Cooker, Not Instapot
We are in a slow-cooker mama. Homeschooling and parenting go hand in hand and neither are recipes to be put into an Instapot to rush to the end. It’s a long slow journey with amazing rewards, but we need to recognize we are on our own journey and it isn’t going to “taste” like anyone else’s recipe or have the same ingredients.
Differences in Ingredients, Measurements, and Cooking Time
So as you daily add your “ingredients”, carefully measuring and selecting each one, be sure to add a measure of grace and a double portion of love. These two additional ingredients always make the recipe work out better.
Don’t rush, instead savor the smell of the beautiful unique recipe coming together in your homeschool today. You will be glad you did.
Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks. Ecclesiastes 10:18
When a person rents a house, they do not have to worry about all of these repairs and upkeep. The owner of the house is the one responsible. All a renter must do is report the problem.
However, owning a home does not work the same, it takes work. It is not just purchase the house and live in it. One must continually work at keeping it up. Repainting the walls, replacing broken windows, repairing holes, fixing leaky faucets, and the list goes on.
Often people will just live in it and not do any upkeep on the house. They will leave minor faults alone. Over time the minor things become larger problems. The walls start cracking more, the roof leaks, walls get infested with termites, and, again, the list goes on. The cost of repairs rises rapidly when a person does not do regular maintenance on the house.
Life works in the same way as a house. Every believer is called the temple of God. As the temple you are the house of God. You are where God resides.
Your house–life, must be kept in good repair. There will be times when things will break down in your life. This is not the physical things of your life, but your spiritual, emotional part of your life.
Regretfully there will be times when you allow yourself to step into sin. Your mind will go down a path it should not go. You may say something you should not have said.
As these things occur, they are warning signs to you of a greater danger. That greater danger is walking away from God, closing your ears off to hearing God’s Holy Spirit attempting to guide you. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. If you ignore Him long enough, you will no longer hear Him.
It takes work to stay in tune with God’s Holy Spirit. You must daily study the Bible to see what God has to say to you. You must daily talk with God in prayer. You must daily allow God to have full control of your life.
These are things that will not occur automatically, you must focus on doing them. If you do not, you are being lazy in your spiritual walk with God. When that happens your rafters will sag and the house will begin to leak.
I pray today that you will open your ears to hear the Holy Spirit; that you will work at staying in tune with God; that you will not be lazy in your walk with God; and that you will be more like Jesus each day.