Easter Sunday, was one of the proudest and most heart pounding parenting moments, as our eldest (8 years old) was called up to the front of our church. He was selected to participate in the Easter service by opening the last egg and reading the bible verse. Each of the eggs up to this point contained a figure symbolizing a point in the Easter story. His egg was empty and his response to the empty egg was amazing. “The empty egg symbolizes that Jesus has risen from the dead.” he said. Then he began to read the verse which was about six sentences. A little background. He was in speech therapy for three years for delayed speech and did not start to talk till he was end of three beginning of four. He struggles with getting things perfect and easily gives up and will shutdown if pressed. Home school seemed the best option and he thrived. He just started to read at the beginning of his eighth year. Now, back to reading the scripture from Matthew, he did spectacular.
However, Satan had found a hole in my armor and a rush of condemnation flowed over me: “I am a horrible mom, how could I have decided to home school, see your not qualified, he should have said the whole verse with no assistance from the pastor.”
STOP!!!!!!!!!!!! This is Easter. Jesus did NOT come to condemn the world or condemn me (John 12:47). There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Satan on the other hand is KNOWN for accusing the brethren (Rev 12:10).
God is good and the smile beaming on my sons face removed those thoughts and feeling from me. He shared with me of how proud he was of himself. The reassurance of him saying “mom I needed some help it was scary up there” and “Oh, I can always improve for next time.” I will not steal my son’s JOY. Satan you will not steal mine.
I have four unique, special, different children that the Lord has blessed our family. They have all hit milestones at varying degrees. Home education is a marathon, not a sprint. Today, was a success and a reminder to strengthen my armor, stay in His word, pray for guidance, and to love my children where they are at. He is Risen!