Bubble With Joy
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I love the sign for JOY in American Sign Language. You make the sign for the letter “j” with each hand and move them in front of you to show joy just bubbling up inside of you.

Are you excited and joyful about homeschooling?

For some homeschool parents, this joy and excitement just comes naturally. For others, they need some baking soda to go with that vinegar to get things bubbling. (I think this analogy will make sense to you. You’ve likely made a baking soda and vinegar volcano or two. If not, add it to your list of science experiments this year.)

Well, sticking with my analogy, baking soda is a base and we need to go back to the bas-ics to bubble our joy and excitement.

1. Listen to what God says about joy. Grab your Bible and look for verses with the word joy. Write down a few verses about having joy and what joy brings.

A wise teacher makes learning a joy. Proverbs 15:2 (The Living Bible)
The joy of the LORD is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10
A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. Ecclesiastes 8:1

2. Practice being happy. Smile. Make it a point to smile at your children and husband BIG and often. Take happy selfies.. .smiling!

Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

3. Be thankful. I’d like to change the ASL for sign for joy so that it begins with t’s (for thankfulness) that turn into “j’s” for joy and then a motion to bubble up.

And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. Ezra 3:11 (Emphasis mine)

Homeschooling is an awesome life. We have precious time with our children. We never have to deal with public school frustrations, and we have a lovely, flexible schedule that we control. We have more time to create a home because we are at home to create it. We are also laying the foundation of the LORD for our children.

Pick up your pen and write several reasons why you are thankful to be homeschooling this year. Add to the list reasons why you are thankful your children are being homeschooled this year. They are different lists – One is why YOU personally are glad to be the homeschool teacher and the other is why you are glad YOUR children are being homeschooled. Thank the Lord He has enabled you to perform this ministry.

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. 1Timothy 1:12

This is the recipe for joy that overflows:
God's Word - Listen to God's word about joy.
Happiness - Practice being happy.
Thankfulness - Be thankful.
Prayer - Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:16-18) (Phil. 4:6)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

And guess who that overflow of hope will reach first?
The precious children beside you in your homeschooling journey.

By Cynda Moore
HomeWorks Consultant & Homeschool Mom
Facebook: HomeWorks by Precept Consultant Cynda Moore KY


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