"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

If homeschool parents had lecture podiums like school teachers, mine would have definitely been the kitchen sink. From this central location, I was able to deliver endless hours of instruction in spelling words, poem memorization, and multiplication facts. Multitasking from this "lectern" proved to be the only way I could complete daily lesson plans and my chores of washing dishes, preparing meals, and cleaning messes.

However, more than academics were taught from this homeschooling hub. The kitchen sink was also the center of holiday activities, political and theological debates, and personal counseling sessions while washing and drying dishes. Although I felt chained to it at times, I realized later that the kitchen sink was the center of our family's home. My children's fondest homeschool memories were seeing their mother happily working in the kitchen and knowing she was available to answer any question they might have.

God wants to be the center of your life, too. His podium is not a kitchen sink, but a great white throne (Revelation 20:11). From it, He is able to answer your prayers, and He loves to instruct you each day in how to live your life for Him. You can come boldly to this throne of grace anytime you are afraid or unsure about what to do. If homeschooling is starting to make you feel chained down, find the secret of success by keeping God in the center of your life. Go to the center of the Bible, Psalm 118:8, and rediscover how you can be in the center of God's will today.

Jesus, I invite You to be the center of my life and home. Thank You for being such a loving God who answers all of my prayers. The strength of Your holy presence brings joy to my soul and peace to my anxious heart. In Your name, Amen.