Are you feeling overwhelmed? Out of control? Perhaps a little unstable and uncertain while events keep popping up that change the timeline in the blink of an eye?
I’ve been there. I am there more often than most. What’s a momma to do? How do I keep these humans from attacking each other? Is it even possible to feed them all while maintaining a clean environment? Do I really have to do all those crafts I found online? Am I going to go insane by the time this day is over?
In the last week, due to the rise of COVID-19 and school closures, the routine and rhythm of many families have been dramatically altered. We’ve been asked to stay home and away from public groups as much as possible, so that lands many families at home together for long periods of time.
Thus, many mommas are facing super hard days. As a friend of mine recently shared on her Instagram feed, “moms are really good at doing hard things.”
As a homeschooling mom of 9 children, 11.5 and under, I have a pretty solid understanding on how hard this can be and what Spiritual strength is needed to get the things done.
Parents everywhere are reaching out to veteran homeschoolers and asking what they can do to encourage a continuation of learning while reducing as much chaos as possible. They are responding and the camaraderie is glorious.
This is uncharted territory for most, but do not forget, we can do hard things. Too many parents feel incapable or lacking in teaching credentials to educate their children at home, but I’d like to remind us of what Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 2:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Only by connecting to the power of the Father can we truly accomplish the task of keeping all the humans alive and learning while they are home with us all day. Seeking Him above all else, is the truest antidote to the crazy that has just been injected into many lives.
Do you feel inadequate? Unprepared? Insecure? Weak?
If you do, great. That’s a perfectly prime field for God to operate in. His power is perfected in weakness.
Isaiah 40:29 reminds us, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”
I may not have exact answers for your family regarding how or when to complete work sent home by teachers or what crafts and activities will keep your children engaged in homebody life for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, but I know a loving Father who already does. He has a plan for these days.
Before you put a schedule in front of your kids, before you assemble a list of a hundred things to do when you’re stuck inside, press in and remember you serve a God whose strength and power overshadows everything else. Ask Him to guide you and lead you. He won’t fail you.
“Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.”
1 Chronicles 16:11
Lean into him. Plead for His strength to fill in your weak gaps, even when your weak gaps are every 35 seconds, and don’t forget to use this as an opportunity to teach your family the practical application of Matthew 18 when sibling squabbles bubble up, threatening to choke out the peace you desire in your home.