On Sunday mornings all across our nation, many of us can be found sitting in pews listening to God’s word being taught, singing worship songs and sacred Hymns, and praising our Lord and Savior. Life slows down just a bit, and we focus on our Creator. Of course, this is an idealized version of what, for many of us, is a hectic morning of running behind, frantically searching for that missing shoe, and hoping we can load all of our kids up without anybody needing to go to the bathroom for the millionth time that morning. Somehow, what we should be doing gets lost in the turbulence of life in a modern society. What rest we do manage on Sunday often seems a distant memory by Monday morning, when we are rushing our kids out the door, or beginning our homeschool week, and facing another five days spent in survival mode as we try to meet all of our obligations while somehow loving and caring for our families. We all need a little help these days, and thankfully we have God’s word to guide and encourage us. His word is sacred, and applies as much to our lives today as it applied to those in ancient times. For the days when you need it the most, here are some helpful scriptures to get you through.
In the workforce, it can be frustrating when our jobs don’t seem fulfilling, or when there doesn’t seem to be a just reward for our efforts. It is important to remember as Christians that worldly gain and praise are not where our focus should be. Let Colossians 3:23-24 encourage you on those days. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Another scripture that can encourage every one of us, whether we are a single parent struggling to get by, a homeschool mom overwhelmed with the tumult of busy days, or a provider father trying to balance work with nurturing his home, is Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
If you are anything like me, worrying is something you struggle with. It is in my nature to worry myself into sleepless nights over things that I have no control over. Matthew chapter 6 is filled with wise reassurances, and gentle commands not to worry. We are not in control, God is. Why, then do we worry? Verses 31-34 summarize it nicely when they say, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Finally, a scripture to rest in when we feel under attack from the enemy, John 10:27-28 can encourage us in the knowledge that we are His, and this world is not our ruler or our home. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Keep God’s word close to your heart and you will find peace on even the most difficult of days.
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.