You Give So Much, Mama . . . Thank You
November 24, 2021
A Menu for the Heart
Happy day before Thanksgiving! I’m going to keep this brief because you’ve got a turkey defrosting, pies baking, and a dozen sides to prep—am I right? One thought for today . . . what’s on your menu? I know the usual: turkey, dressing, cranberry, pumpkin, lots and lots of pumpkin—but what’s on the menu of your heart?
GRATITUDE – To the One Who has made your whole life possible.
LOVE – To those around your table and the One Who put them there. Give Him praise, Mama! He is worthy.
REVERENCE – To Him because He is (and that’s enough).
Your family at The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine wants to wish you a very blessed holiday and give you some ideas on how to spread thanksgiving today and every day.
And remember, Mama. . .
We have much to be thankful for! God is so good. So faithful. And this life is SHORT—endure, Mama. Be found faithful in the end so that you hear, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” That day will be glorious. No more tears. No more sadness. No more grief over children, loved ones, and those who betray. You have an enemy . . . but you know Who wins, don’t you? Eyes up, Mama. Keep them on Jesus. His hand is on your head today.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Mercy Every Minute
Deborah Wuehler, TOS Senior Editor
What is There to Celebrate?
The news is horrifying. Global and local chaos: persecution, death, wars and rumors of wars, marital commitment on the decline, families torn apart . . . humanity is suffering on a global level.
Here’s where it helps to look at Thanksgiving through the eyes of the first pilgrims.
They suffered great loss, great persecution, and great want. Tragedy upon tragedy befell them. What gave rise to their deep gratitude? Could it have been their deep suffering? Through every persecution and grief, they understood their God on a deeper level. They knew Him unreservedly to be their God of Mercy, their Deliverer, Rescuer, and Provider. They were filled with Thanksgiving that this God would even acknowledge mortal men.
We celebrate this!
He still pours out His love upon us in all our misery and wretchedness. This should make the hardest of us thankful. And this kind of thankfulness should give us the unction to rise and face another day knowing He is the Supreme Ruler of the universe and every kingdom under it. When we are actively full of this kind of gratitude, we have no room for a spirit of heaviness.
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:4).
The first pilgrims read the same Psalms that we read today. They knew what we know, “His mercy endures forever.” I encourage you to read Psalm 136 with your family and discover Who He is and how to give thanks to the Lord.
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136: 1-2-3).
We celebrate you!
We are so thankful for you and your support these many years. Your family is why we are here, and we join you in this historic time as we thank God together for our continued freedom to homeschool His children for His glory at Home. Where They Belong.
Here are some other articles to inspire you this Thanksgiving:
Raising Real Men
Your Sacrificial Love Is Not in Vain
Somedays, it feels like all you do is give. I remember Sunday after Sunday, pacing in the church lobby with a fussy toddler, wondering if I’d ever get to sit through an entire service again. I remember days going from child to child cleaning up after the stomach flu, desperately trying to keep from joining them. Long days full of diapers and spit-up and whining and chores and waiting what felt like forever for Hal to get home. So many times, it felt like I just gave and gave and gave.
Mama, be encouraged – it’s just a season.
It won’t always be this hard, even if you have more children. It was way easier having a seventh or eighth child than it was having a third or fourth. By the time our younger children came along, we had teens who could cook supper or watch the kids while I took a nap.
Today, you are building into the people that will build into you tomorrow. In Proverbs 31:28, the Word gives us hope that one day we’ll see the fruit of that labor: “Her children arise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Just like I remember walking that curly-headed little boy while he fussed in church, I have a more recent memory of sitting in the congregation at his church while he led worship. Those kids I cleaned up after when they were sick have cared for me when I had an aneurysm last year. Those children that whined so much when they were little amaze me with their diligence and responsibility now that they’re adults.
Before you know it, your children will be grown up, and you’ll be making new memories, too. One day they’ll thank you for all you’ve done for them. They’ll rise up and call you blessed! So let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)
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Pillar of Future
Dan Beasley – Giving Thanks for a Bright Future
Are you counting your blessings this Thanksgiving season? While taking a break from your homeschool routine to eat turkey, and fellowship with family, don’t forget to give thanks for the homeschool routine from which you are breaking.
As a homeschooled graduate, I am grateful for the sacrifices my parents made to educate me at home. And as a homeschooling parent, I am grateful for the opportunity to teach my children at home.
I have no doubt that if you are homeschooling, you agree that an investment in educating the next generation is an investment worth making, even though it requires our most precious resources: time and energy. But do you treasure the liberty that empowers you to make this investment?
An investment in teaching character—like gratitude—is likewise a worthwhile investment in the next generation. And there’s no better way to teach gratitude than to practice it. So here’s to giving thanks for the opportunity to equip the next generation with the academic knowledge, character, and life skills they need in order to thrive. May the next chapter of homeschooling be written by well-educated, grateful homeschool graduates who treasure the liberty and opportunity to homeschool
About the author
As an HSLDA staff attorney, Dan assists individual homeschooling families and advocates for homeschool freedom in the courts, legislature, and court of public opinion. Dan is also a homeschool graduate and homeschooling dad of four.
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