teaching tips blog


Jul 2, 2012

In Need of Refreshment?

Becky Cooke

Do you ever get bogged down with your “to do” list? What about your Christian “to do” list? Just thinking about it can take the joy out of serving Jesus, especially in your home. In studying through Ephesians and Isaiah this past year, the Lord impressed me to take stock of what works (projects) I take on to do. He reminded me in Ephesians 2:10 that He has prepared the works before the foundation of the world that I am to do. Then Isaiah 26:12 says it is the Lord who comes and does those works for us.

So here’s the question. Whose works are you doing? Yours or the ones God has prepared for you? Homeschooling, parenting, housekeeping, chauffeuring, church duties, and on and on (all good things) can sap us of energy and joy.

If I am overwhelmed with projects, commitments, and good deeds, I have to stop and ask the Lord if these are from Him or if I am volunteering or grabbing onto these things for my own purposes. All through Scripture the Lord invites us into His rest both here and in the future. Let’s take time this summer to reassess our list of “works” and ask the Lord to show us where He wants us to give our energy and time. Then remind Him that He has promised to come and perform them so we can run and not be weary and walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

While resting, you may enjoy more encouragement through our newsletter archive’s encouragement section, http://www.hslda.org/highschool/newsletter.asp.

Being refreshed,