Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: The Tip that Changed My Life

Today's tip is something I heard at a homeschool conference back in the early 1990's and it has stuck with me all this time. 

"Use what you have. Do what you can. Trust God to perfect it."

So many times we fret because we think we don't have something we need -- a certain expensive curriculum, specific supplies, a home library of great books, money for lessons or extra-curricular activities, a house in the country with land for our children to explore, like-minded friends, grandparents living nearby, a large house with a "school room" and a bedroom for each child, etc.  This list could go on forever in a multitude of directions causing us to be full of fear, anxiety, discontentment, and ungratefulness.

The alternative is to ask God for creative ways to use what we do have available to us; do as much as we can with what we have; and then trust God to perfect it and bring the increase. This perspective produces peace, contentment, gratefulness and joy!

If we really need something, God can and will provide it in His perfect timing.  (Philippians 4:19) Otherwise, we can learn to make do without it, learning creativity and contentment in the process.

Our circumstances may seem less than perfect . . . but God has promised to perfect that which concerns us!  (Psalm 138:8)  We serve a God that is working all things together for good, and is able to shore up our weaknesses with his strength! (Romans 8:28-292 Corinthians 9:12)

So, I challenge you to Use what you have; Do what you can; and Trust God to perfect it!  :)

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livelifewithyourkids said...

I like this! It is so applicable to any aspect of our life isn't it! Thanks for sharing

Brittany at Equipping Godly Women said...

This is so great! I just launched a new blog not that long ago, and I keep trying to remind myself--my job is just to write. It's God's job to get the word out. It's hard not to get distracted by the smaller details that take away from the big picture.

xinex said...

Great advice! Thanks!...Christine

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This is so important to remember and so easy to forget. Thank you for sharing!

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