I can remember standing in my kitchen, a brand new homeschooler, listening to cassettes of Sally from some convention where she was speaking. She said, "When you get to heaven, God will not ask you if you used ABeka or Saxon math." The curriculum she named may have been different than I recall (they were cassettes -- this was a long time ago), but the point has not been lost on me.
Still, I get lost. Lost in the everyday muddle, lost in the chaos, lost in a tough year where everything seems to be falling apart. I forget that the greatest, most important work I am doing is to point my children to Jesus. Really, everything else is a bonus, a gift, a tool. The real answer is Jesus, not which curriculum I choose or which parenting method I'm employing at the moment.
Sally points me to Jesus. And it is with a thankful heart that I can tell you that I am part of Sally's writing team over at I Take Joy, alongside other writers who live and breathe grace and truth. Ann Voskamp, Sarah Mae, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Kristen Kill . . . grace, truth, Jesus-lovers.
Sally has a brand new eBook out called 10 Gifts of Wisdom, and we want to share it with you. It's beautiful. I see so many ways in which I've blown it, but I see grace and truth and yes -- there she is again pointing me to Jesus.
Know what happens when we're looking at Jesus? Our kids see us looking at Jesus. And then they learn to orient themselves that way, too.
If you'd like to win a copy, leave a comment (any comment!) below. We'll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, midnight PDT.