"The LORD preserveth all them that love him" (Psalm 145:20a).

If you want to see a homeschooling mother riled, just let someone ridicule her child for being homeschooled. Between being protective and having a firm belief in the value of homeschooling, even the most loving and gentle of us feel the hair rising on our backs when our children are mocked. As a homeschooling mom, I also found myself saying, "Let people criticize and attack me for homeschooling all they want, but don't mess with my children!"

Moses' mother, Jochebed, felt more than just the rejection of her son by Pharaoh. She was facing her baby boy's death sentence and needed to use all of her motherly instincts to protect him (Exodus 2). God honored Jochebed and spared her son's life. Through an unusual rescue by Pharaoh's daughter and the clever bravery of his sister, Moses and his mother were reunited, and they were able to spend more years together before he went to live in the palace.

Do you know that God is keeping you in His care today? Even though you may feel alone as you homeschool, He hasn't left you. Like a mother who cannot forget her nursing child, He wraps His arms of love around you and provides the strength you need to face the criticisms of homeschooling. The trials may seem great, but God knows and cares about every battle you face. "The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore" (Psalm 121:7-8).

Lord, thank You for Your loving kindness toward me every morning. Strengthen me today to fulfill the call You have placed on my life to homeschool. Set Your hedge of protection around our family and save us from those unseen evils that seek to destroy us. In Jesus' name, Amen.