What comes to mind when you say the word “believe”? Is it an image that you see, an event, maybe a person? As a stay at home mom, wife, homeschool teacher and numerous other titles, it is a very important word to me. I am one among many in charge of bringing up my children as good Christian adults and members of society. Myself, even more, because I am their school teacher. Not only do I teach them reading, writing and arithmetic, but I also teach them about morals and values. About temptation and sin. What to do when they experience heartache, hardship, and troubles. How to treat others, to be a cheerful giver, and not mold to what others want them to be. I want them to ‘believe’ in themselves. Achieve greatness, become an equine science major or run a no-kill shelter for animals. Be a park ranger and want to have your parents live with you. Whatever their goals and dreams are, I want them to have faith in themselves. As I do. As a parent, you have these aspirations for your children. If you instill self-worth and confidence in them, but also humbleness and humility, they will make you proud. Mine already do.
As their parent and teacher, I also have to believe in myself. I need to have self-worth and confidence in guiding them through this life. As homeschool moms or stay at home moms, we need to remember that having faith in our abilities and choices is enough. As a Christian, I also have faith in an unseen God. I believe that he is guiding our paths, my children’s especially. I am here to teach them of him. To teach them to walk by faith, and not by sight. It is in those moments where we are tested and we can only survive because we do believe in something bigger than ourselves.
Today’s quote pulled at my heart. I can’t imagine the devastation and sadness that the Jews who were persecuted and imprisoned felt. Even the ones who were in hiding. They had a bounty out for them because of their beliefs and physical traits. Millions of people were slaughtered at the hands of the Nazi’s. It was a heartless act. One day I will teach my children about this truly sad time in history. I will teach them about the holocaust survivors and we will watch videos. Many Jews overcame and survived because they had something or someone to believe in. To believe is to live. That’s what we will focus on.
Do you believe in yourself? God? How do you triumph during times of tribulation? Comment below and share.
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