Before the COVID-19 quarantine started, our videographer Titus and I recorded a message in my kitchen. Titus has been making short videos with excerpts of that message. These are the “kitchen videos” I have been sharing with you occasionally. Here’s a 90-second clip from that message.
Last week we thought about mothers of grace, mothers who work to quit comparing ourselves to other women. This clip is about comparing our children to other children. What a blessing that God makes each of our children unique. What a blessing that you understand that and are giving your children an education that fits him or her, instead of one that is theoretically supposed to fit a cross-section of children.
Here’s the text of this little clip and a passage meant to calm our souls:
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Do you ever compare your children to other children? Your children need grace, too.
God created each one in His image. He knit them together. He knows every detail about them.
God didn’t use cookie cutters, but He created each child to be unique.
Some children learn calculus with ease; others are good with their hands.
Some learn to read when they are four; others learn to read when they are eleven.
Some grow up to be skilled engineers; others become compassionate caregivers.
Trust God’s wisdom in making each child the way He did.
One of the beauties of homeschooling is that you can tailor a child’s learning so that it helps him become the person God intended. Teach him. Be patient with her. Wait when he needs you to wait; push when she needs you to push; but never try to press your child into someone else’s mold.
If you aren’t careful, you might begin homeschooling with God’s goals in mind but get scared along the way. You might try to press your child into a mold that will never fit. Give your children grace. Accept the individuals God has created and put in your care.
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Remember that each of your children is fearfully and wonderfully made. God’s works are wonderful. Sometimes we need to quiet our souls and rest in that knowledge. It is true for each of our children — and for us.
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.