It’s hard to believe that another summer has passed us by, and that before long, the fall colors will begin to show us that the next season is upon us again. This be said, wouldn’t it be nice to start the new school year off with a ‘meek and quiet spirit’?
This book is written by Teri Maxwell, a homeschooling mother of eight children. She has been schooling her children since 1985. In her book, she asks, “Will your journey toward a meek and quiet spirit be completed upon finding the perfect spelling curriculum or deciding which chores your child should be doing? Or does the answer lie on a different path?”
So what causes you to not demonstrate a meek and quiet spirit? We all have times when we wish we had handled something better, in a kinder way, more calmly, more sympathetically. But what caused you to not be? Can you pinpoint exactly what it was? Possibly fear? Worry? Disorganization? Depression? “Perhaps these meek and quiet spirit robbers should be our wake-up call to the fact that homeschooling and homemaking require hard work. They are demanding and time consuming. We are called to put forth effort and to push ourselves day after day after day. There are no “free rides.” If we kick back for a day, or two, or three and ignore it all, it will still be waiting for us and more!” So what can we do about this? What can we do to bring the peace in to our home that we all desire?
Firstly, what exactly does Webster’s Dictionary define “meek” as: “mild of temper, soft, gentle, not easily provoked or irritated.” “Quiet” according to Webster, means “peaceable, not turbulent, not giving offense, mild, meek, and contented.” “So, when everything is falling in around us, we would like to be peaceable through it, just as Jesus was in the midst of the storm. When our children aren’t making the academics or character progress we are hoped for, we want to be content, waiting for them to catch on. We would like to “live out” for our children the reality of resting in the Lord.”
In Teri’s book, she offers you thoughts, suggestion, scriptures and even application projects to help you to learn how to gain a ‘meek and quiet spirit.’ It is a book well worth reading, and a great opportunity to start the new school year with. I pray that you will enjoy it and find opportunity to apply her words of wisdom as I have found.
I pray that you have a terrific school year!!