Monday, October 17, 2011

A Little Encouragement

I wanted to post something to encourage tonight.  I came across this poem and just loved it.  I hope it encourages you to keep on keeping on. We will soon begin a poetry unit in reading.  I am so looking forward to seeing my kiddos try their hands at writing poetry.  I might give it a shot also!

A Poem for YOU,
Homeschool Mom!

Another lovely day,
another clean slate!
Another day to work on
an already full plate.
What will we do first?
Reading, Writing, Math?
What if something unexpected
 shows up in our path?
Another lovely day,
another quandary arises,
How do we teach these children
of different shapes and sizes?
Shall we follow Book A, or Idea B,
or the voice of the "pro?"
Can we follow our hearts
on which way we should go?
Little Suzy wants to make
a pattern for a doll,
but she's "behind" in algebra,
and can't spell much at all…
And little Johnny is working
on a project made of wood,
but what about his "social studies?"
And other things he "should"
Grandma needs some help,
but our workbooks are a-waiting!
There are other shut-ins
with a visit anticipating.
And what about that neighbor
with the baby on the way?
Can our "studies" suffer
if she needs our help today?
There are many things that pull us daily
this-a-way and that,
And we can get so sidetracked,
that our accomplishments fall flat.
The path is bright and our feet will go,
if only we will pray,
And listen to the voice of God,
who leads us the right way.
Relationships are more important,
inside our homes, and out,
and how we treat each other
is what homeschooling is about.
It's not wrong to be good spellers,
but if we lie and cheat and steal,
And if we hate our brother,
good grades are no big deal.
So dear homeschool Mom,
don't worry and don't fret;
If little Johnny can not read
as well as you think, yet.
Little Suzy will learn her math,
while baking for the neighbor,
and friendships formed inside your
home will strengthen, so don't waver!
If you will pray and seek His face
for each question on your heart,
And read His word, and know His
you will know right where to start.
Don't be tossed to and fro
by this world's ideas and plans,
Listen to your Lord,
your lives are in His Hands.

© 2006 Nancy K. Baetz

Much love,

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