Is Your Back Against the Wall?

When we hear that phrase we usually thinking of being desperate, frantic; down to our very last hope. If you’re a homeschooler, chances are you may have felt like that once or twice, whether it was in terms of finances, family support, curriculum choices or classroom discipline.

I’m going to suggest that you KEEP your back against The Wall at all times. And The Wall, of course- is the Lord. Isaiah 26:1 says In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. And Psalm 91:2 says I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

God is our fortress and refuge and salvation forms the walls of His great city. Anytime we try to homeschool in our own strength we are at the mercy of more powerful forces: culture, family, critics, media and government. But when we get our back firmly planted against The Wall of God we become stable; we take on His strength and His stability.

Take some time today to build some walls with your children. Boys and girls love to build. Use wooden blocks, cardboard blocks, cardboard boxes, Legos, lumber- whatever you can find. Talk with your children as you build together about the strong fortress that is our God; about the mighty walls that build the city of God. Tell them ways in which you lean against His strong walls and depend on Him for your strength. As you build the the wall consider talking with your children about the story of Nehemiah. If you’re not familiar with Nehemiah’s story today is a good day to read his story in your Bible!

Now go back and read Isaiah 26:1 and Psalm 91:2 with your children and discuss those verses with them. Ask them if there are any areas in their life where they are feeling a little frantic or desperate and help them think through ways in which they can put their back against The Wall which is our God in their situation.

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