We’re all inundated by everything around us and the pressure of these things can get to us. And then we lose our peace. Suddenly we feel anxious, incapable of handling the simplest of tasks and stress overwhelms us.
Is this what God wanted for you? Absolutely not!
So let’s change this (because it can be changed), and live in the peace of God that we’re meant to.
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What is Peace?
Peace is often thought of as a state of being such as quiet or tranquility, or the absence of stress or anxiety. These are true, but not the fullness of peace.
When we look at the meaning of peace to its core in the Hebrew, the word for peace is Shalom, and it means: wholeness, wellness, well-being, safe, happy, friendly, favor, completeness, to make peace, peace offering, secure, to prosper, to be victorious, to be content, tranquil, quiet, and restful.
The noun shalom is derived from the verbal root shalam, which means “to restore,” in the sense of replacing or providing what is needed in order to make someone or something whole and complete.
So shalom is used to describe those of us who have been provided all that is needed to be whole and complete and break off all authority that would attempt to bind us to chaos. (source)
But, in all of this, you can’t experience these attributes of peace in your life IF you don’t come to know and be intimately acquainted with the Person that is peace, Jesus. Peace….
is the substance of the atmosphere of heaven
tames every bit of opposition around a person them
iIs the Prince of peace that crushes the power of darkness
is the umpire of our minds
Peace isn’t the absence of noise, conflict or war; it’s the presence of Someone.
Why Peace Is Important
If peace is a Person and the substance of heaven, which is what each of us as children of God should contain, the enemy wants nothing more than for you to disconnect from Jesus.
And how you can disconnect from Jesus is by allowing the enemy to expose you to anxiety and stress.
Anxiety is meditating and magnifying on an idea over the promises of God.
It’s difficult to operate out of a place of health and wholeness when you’re filled with fear. Yes, perfect love casts out all fear, but if we give our heart and thoughts to anxiety and stress, which is from the root of fear, it will infect love. And the two cannot co-exist.
The Lord longs to express His very nature, character and glory thru us, His children. But, this takes our full surrender to Him which means that we need to be free from anxiety and stress.
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You Can’t Hold Onto Worry Expecting Things To Change
Have you ever been so worried about something, that after feeling unwell, having headaches, changes in appetite, etc. you decide that it just isn’t worth it anymore. And finally, you’ve come to the end of your rope and decided that it’s time to let go and let God?
When we get to this place, we determine that we can’t have it both ways.
We can’t ask the Lord to lead our lives while worry about something that we can’t control and aren’t willing to give to the Lord. There’s only one steering wheel in life. You can’t give the wheel to Lord while holding onto it yourself. Erma Bombeck once said,
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”
This quote is so true. When you let go of your worries and your cares casting it over to Jesus, isn’t there something so supernatural about how you begin to feel?
You start to feel like a weight came off your shoulders and like you’re not preoccupied with consuming thoughts. That feeling comes from surrender and a yielded spirit to the Lord. Since we can’t do anything about things in our life anyway, why don’t we just allow the Lord to do it. This is what the Lord CAN work with and wants to work with.
How Peace Can Be Achieved
Firstly, getting to know the Person, Jesus, is how you can begin to experience true peace. And you begin to know who Jesus is by what He did. This comes from reading the Word of God and finding out Jesus’ character and nature.
Peace Which Surpasses All Understanding
What you meditate, speak and think on will have an affect on your source of peace.
Let’s say you’re constantly bothered by a bill that needs to be paid, a report from the doctor, how your child is doing at school, things you’re not getting done, etc. By allowing these thoughts to spin in your head, you’re actually meditating on them.
When we meditate on anxious thoughts, effective prayers can’t be prayed that are filled with thanksgiving and faith. These prayers can only be prayed from a heart that embraces God’s promises and trusts in Him. The peace of God then which surpasses all understanding will guard and protect your heart and mind.
Peace which surpasses all understanding is from the peace of God, and it comes by what you fix your thoughts on. Here, we can see that your mind needs to be set and fixed on things that are true, noble, just, pure, love, good report, virtue and praiseworthy.
Philippians 4:6-9 NKJV says,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
So it’s key to keep your mind fixed on Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the promises of God and allow this to reign superior in your life. Anything outside of the Word will have us feel defeated and hopeless, stressed and anxious because we’ve bought into something that’s inferior.
Based on the Word of God, peace:
is a Person
is a gift
is a fruit
is a covenant
is to be sought after
comes from being spiritually minded
is to be lived in
was made by the blood of Jesus
is the kingdom of God
is to be preached
is authored by God
surpasses understanding and guards our hearts and minds
30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable
I’d love to hear from you how knowing Jesus has helped you in experiencing the peace of God in your life! Feel free to share a testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness to encourage others.
Did you know that there is a parable in the Bible that is the most important? It trumps all parables in fact! Jesus said it this way in Mark 4:13,
“Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?”
What Is The Parable Of The Seed And The Sower?
The parable of the seed and the sower is about the Word of God being sown in our hearts with gladness and producing fruit.
It’s plain and simple, but not easy. Why?
Because YOU determine if the seed will be planted in your heart or not. Yes, it’s you… not Jesus.
What Is The Seed? The Word of God.
Who Is The Sower? You.
Where Does The Seed Grow? In your heart.
Who Makes The Seed Grow? Holy Spirit.
Why Is The Seed Important? It’s a matter of life and death.
What Is Being Produced Out of Us From The Seed? Fruit.
What Is The Fruit? The fruit is what the Spirit in you, the work which His presence within, accomplishes and produces, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
What Does The Parable Of The Seed And The Sower Mean?
You are the sower of the Word of God. And how your receive the Word determines whether it’ll take root in your heart or be snatched away by the evil one, Satan.
This is a difficult truth because it’s easy to be passive than active. The work of the Word of God comes from us and our intentional deposit of the Word. Yet, the increase of that Word in our hearts is not done by us, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 NKJV
Why Is The Word of God Important To Us?
The Word of God is powerful.
Kids face a lot in life. They’re navigating their friendships and relationships with others. They’re working at identifying who they are in Christ. They’re trying to figure out why they’re here on this earth. It’s not easy.
And not only that, we as adults are still doing this.
But, through all of these hardships and difficulties, there’s nothing more powerful that teaching your kids that the Bible contains all the scriptures they need for life and godliness. That with the help of the Holy Spirit, He’ll bring scriptures to our remembrance, He’ll comfort, lead and guide us, and the Lord will never leave them nor forsake them.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
But, how can they learn this without being taught? That’s where you come in!
How We Do We Help Our Kids Sow The Seed?
We firstly help our kids sow the seed (plant the Word of God into their hearts) by modeling it.
And then, you’re needed in this process. Kids won’t just do it on their own.
It’s just like responsibilities and chores. Will they always do it on their own? Do they need incentive and encouragement to keep at it? Absolutely!
How many of us as adults are still trying to be more self-disciplined when it comes to prayer, reading the Word, worship, etc.
If we struggle with consistency, how much more don’t our children struggle with it.
We can help our kids learn about the importance of God’s Word with an easy-to-understand Bible Study.
The Parable Of The Seed And The Sower For Kids
Nothing is more powerful than sitting with your kids, digging into the Word of God together with a Bible study.
There’s an intimacy that takes place between you, your kids and Holy Spirit as you study out the Bible.
If you’re looking to guide your efforts in the Word this Planting Seeds Bible Study will help your children first learn what a parable is. It then goes into learning about the parable of The Seed and The Sower for kids more in-depth and includes:
a BIG idea to focus on the main point of the Bible story / topic studied
Bible story discussion questions
Definition look-up copywork
Apply it to your life prompts
Scripture memory work
Activities including writing a parable and sharing it with others, matching and grow a bean seed!
As you and your children experience a depth of intimacy with Holy Spirit, I pray that the Word of God comes alive in the hearts of everyone like never before!
We get tired and weary with all that we do, because homeschooling isn’t easy. We lack motivation and inspiration. We can even react with anger or harsh words towards those we love, only to feel regret later on.
And then there’s the questions that start to come up… can I really teach my children? Will I fail them?
There’s so much weight and responsibility in educating our children. We fear that we’re missing something and that our kids won’t “turn out”.
Will they be socialized?
Will they want to learn and remember what they’ve learned?
Ultimately, we start to wonder if our kids will look homeschooled? What does that even mean?!
We have so much that we’re thinking about, that it’s not even about exerting physical energy; instead it’s the mental and emotional capacity that starts to wear thin.
All of these thoughts run rampant and they can especially come when we’re starting to feel tired, worn, weary or even burned out. This is a tactic and tool of the enemy because he wants to get you to doubt what God said to you instead of trusting Him. The enemy wants you to question your ability to homeschool your children so that it becomes more about how you feel and less about God’s direction for you and your children.
If you’ve been feeling a little tired, worn or on the brink of homeschool mom burnout, consider taking a look at what you can do to empower yourself to make changes.
#1: Acknowledge What You’re Feeling
There can be freedom in stopping and acknowledging what you’re feeling. Some of us don’t want to admit that we feel tired, worn and weary, but there’s nothing wrong with sharing what you’re feeling. The important thing is to SEE it. And if you don’t, you’ll start to supress your feelings making things be what they’re not.
There is nothing wrong with how you’re feeling. You’re not the only one feeling the way you do. In fact, most homeschool moms experience being tired, weary or even burned out.
What tends to happen is our thoughts spin like a hampster wheel. We repeat our thoughts over and over again, but the more we do, we cause worry, stress and anxiety.
The opportunity to acknowledge what you’re feeling empowers you to change it.
PLAN OF ACTION: Write in a journal what you’re feeling and how you’re feeling. By writing your thoughts you can see what you feel and this becomes the starting point for making changes.
#2 Cast Your Care On The Lord
The Lord cares for you.
His calling on you to homeschool is not because He thought you could do it alone; it’s because He wanted to work and partner together with you knowing that His grace and strength would be enough. He wants you to seek Holy Spirit concerning the efforts of homeschooling, because with Holy Spirit, we would be drowning in a sea of ideas and opinions not knowing where to go.
We all have areas that we can worry or stress about when it comes to homeschooling because of the ages and stages of our children.
Maybe you’re experiencing (what you feel like) is some learning challenges with your kids. Perhaps it’s behavioral. It could be that the curriculum is just not working. Maybe you worry about your children’s future.
Whatever it is that you’re taking the care for, it roots itself in the spirit of fear where out of that is stress, anxiety, worry and so much more. Often times, we need to remind ourselves that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.
PLAN OF ACTION: In your journal, identify and write the things you keep thinking about over and over again. By doing this, you’re getting off the hamster wheel of thoughts that aren’t moving anywhere but are consuming space in your mind. Take these areas and surrender them to the Lord, casting your care over to Him.
#3 Remind Yourself Of Why You’re Homeschooling
Sometimes we get caught up in what homeschooling should be or look like based on what others are doing. We can forget why God called us to homeschool in the first place.
PLAN OF ACTION: Remind yourself of WHY you’re homeschooling. What did the Lord say to you about it? Was homeschooling supposed to look a certain way or are you putting those self-imposed expectations on you and your family?
#4 Change Up Your Homeschool Routine or Take Time Off
One of the biggest things you can do is to change up your homeschool routine or take time off of homeschooling.
Whether you choose to homeschool mornings only for a length of time, maybe you need a few days off, weeks or months from homeschooling (this is why we don’t homeschool over summer), there is no right or wrong answer.
In order to prevent and overcome homeschool mom burnout, you need to give yourself space and time to heal. It doesn’t do anybody any good when we’re burned out, exhausted and feeling low.
The kids may think they have some extra freedom and time. And this is great! Often times a break for children means that there’s a whole lot more natural learning going on and you’ll be surprised that all while you took time off of your homeschooling schedule, they’ve actually been learning all along.
PLAN OF ACTION: Look at your homeschool routine and change it immediately.
#5 Ask For Help Or Ask For “Me Time”
I’m one of those parents that rarely asks for help or “me time”.
First of all, I somehow think that I should be doing it all. This is certainly my perfectionist and high-achieving personality that I’ve been working through.
BUT, I’ve been learning that homeschool moms should not balance it all and asking for help is good for me and my children. Not only that but when I do have “me time”, I remember why it’s important to my mental and emotional health. I feel like a better me who has more energy and sustain the demands of life again.
PLAN OF ACTION: Ask a friend for help or ask your hubby for a slotted “me time”. During this time, be intentional. You could go to your favorite coffee shop. Enjoy a stroll at a local park. Pick up a new book at a bookstore. Get a manicure or pedicure. Drive to a favorite spot and journal. Go to a thrift store and check out some deals. Whatever it is, make sure it’s YOUR favorite thing to do and that it fills your cup.
#6 Recommit Yourself To The Lord
There’s nothing more reviving than digging into the Word of God with your own eyes. Being present with the Lord and sensing His presence is so overwhelming and supernatural for our soul.
Holy Spirit breathes life back into us when we pray, meditate on God’s Word, and hear from Him.
When we don’t spend time with the Lord like we should, it’s like eating junk food all the time. It can satisfy us for a while, but we’ll experience highs and lows. This cycle repeats itself and it’s so unhealthy if we don’t put anything nourishing in our bodies. The Word of God is our bread and nourishment. Without it, we really can’t live and function like we’re designed to.
PLAN OF ACTION: Spend time with the Lord in the mornings before your kids get up. Ask the Lord to refresh you and revive your heart concerning this homeschooling family lifestyle. Consider a homeschool prayer journal with prompts and space to write.
#7 Take In A Conference, Convention, Book or Support Group
A great way to prevent and overcome homeschool mom burnout is to hear from other homeschool moms. It’s often reassuring just knowing that you’re not alone, and in fact, that they experience the same things you do.
The perfect homeschool family doesn’t exist. We often need the reminder from others that how we feel is okay, and these things will pass.
I also like to dig into good books to revisit the expectations I set on myself or my kids, and then look at my philosophy of education and what God is saying to me about it.
Lastly, if I’m doing some research where I’m looking for ideas, I’ll ask homeschooling families around me, post a question in a Facebook homeschooling support group or email another homeschooling blogger.
PLAN OF ACTION: Take in a Homeschool convention or online conference. Read a book, ask questions from another homeschool mom, post a question in a homeschool support group on Facebook or email a homeschool blogger.
Often we put too much pressure on ourselves as homeschool moms to do it all. To prevent and overcome homeschool mom burnout, let’s take the time we need to nourish ourselves properly again and care for ourselves.
Feel free to share a time when you experienced homeschool mom burnout or weariness and what you did to overcome it. Let’s encourage one another!
It can feel really scary knowing what our children are subject to these days. While there are so many amazing advances in the world we live in, we also know the enemy has more routes than ever to steal, kill and destroy our lives, and that the desires of the flesh are knocking at the door.
If you are looking to help your children:
remained rooted and grounded in the One who is Love
encountering God personally and knowing Him intimately
You can be sure that the enemy will come to attack your children. You can also be sure that your children will want to give into the cravings of their flesh. BUT, we have a weapon that is MORE POWERFUL than the enemy or sin and that is PRAYER!
You are a soldier going into a battle for your children and when you pray, you are engaging in that spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) says,
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Why Is Prayer Important?
Prayer is important to the life of a believer; it’s our way of communicating with our Father, through the Holy Spirit.
What Does Prayer Do?
Prayer effectively helps you to:
seek guidance, wisdom and discernment from the Lord
hear His will concerning the day
petition the Lord based on His promises
impact the earth with heaven’s influences
stand in the gap for others
keeps our heart and mind focused on God
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Prayer Is Our Weapon
The enemy, Satan, is seeking whom he may devour. He’s not a physical being; he’s a spirit. And he’s not just seeking anybody; he’s seeking those who are living for Jesus.
The enemy is not a creator like our Father, but he’s a distorter of what is already created.
For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (TPT)
The way that Satan attacks our children is through every route possible…social media, movies, family, friends, their own thoughts, church family, other kids they don’t know but meet, etc. And not every attack we experience is by route of the enemy; sometimes it’s by our own doing and choices which are out of our sinful, fleshy, carnal nature.
We experience the enemy’s attacks or our own sinful desires in our everyday life and the reason for this is to get us off God’s good plans for our lives. The enemy wants to distort God’ loving nature. And instead of being led by the Spirit, what our flesh wants to do is often more appealing and the easy route.
Our children need our prayers for:
knowing God more
protection from the evil one
seek the kingdom of God first
loving God and others
hearing God’s voice
thinking on the right things
the fruit of the spirit
honoring their parents
accepting Jesus as their Lord
God’s plans for them
30 Bible Scriptures To Pray Over Your Children
Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my paths.
James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
John 10:4-5 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Ephesians 3:18-19 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.
Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Romans 15:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Psalm 91:3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Psalm 112:1 Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
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Let’s warfare for our children’s hearts and their future.