Tracy, your messages have been touching. You are a vivid reminder of our constant dependency on Jesus. I finished a 30 year homeschooling journey last year with much gratitude to the Lord for His enabling. By His grace, all six of our children are walking dependently with Him and that gives us much joy.
Among my thanksgivings is Chris's strong passion for a Christ-centered motivation for homeschooling. I heard him at our Iowa conference in 2006, and was riveted by the strength of the Lord in Him and the urgent message he delivered. We had heard him in Wheaton in 1985 when we were so proud to have a couple thousand at our conference. He'd just come from Michigan where homeschooling was basically illegal at the time, and told us they'd had 5000 there-- all to say, this is a movement only God could have orchestrated. He is in it, motivating parents in the love and fear of the Lord and if we ever lose sight of Him, we're done. Chris's intense passion in 2006 was to call us back to that motivation, not better academics and test scores, fear of public schools, or because our neighbor homeschooled and her kids succeeded. Other motivations may have a good result, but they won't be enough when the serious tests come.
As I've had opportunity to mentor and do some speaking to a new generation of homeschoolers, Chris's message and urgency have been planted in my heart to grow and share the fruit of it. While he didn't say it in these terms, I believe the essence of the message he wanted passed on was this: Storms come to all of us; the waves just reveal what foundation we've built on. In the analogy Jesus used, He said those on the sandy foundation HEAR His words, but those who hear His Word and DO it are the ones whose house will stand when the waves and winds beat against it. There are stronger political waves coming that will prove our foundation. Being inseparably united with Christ and obeying His Word are the only ways to remain standing through those storms. Christ alone is the motivation, strength, and goal of our lives, worthy of our all.
And He died for us, to live with us. "He died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should LIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM." I Thes. 5:10. What privilege we have to be called the children of God through faith in Him and all He has done for us, and to live daily in His strong, loving presence! I pray you will feel His nearness and find the resources of heaven for all your needs.
In His love,