"Thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice" (Psalm 65:8b).

Living in western Nebraska, where the sky is bigger than the ground, our homeschooling family developed a particular love of studying the clouds and the sky. On countless occasions, one of my children would come running into the house and say, "Mom, you've got to come and see this!" Walking outside together, we would stand and watch as God painted a breathtaking scene just for us on the canvas of His sky. Each inspiring sunrise or sunset seemed to make all the homeschooling problems of the day fade into insignificance.

For the next several years, I learned the art of enjoying God's beauty. Each time I felt the four walls closing in on my homeschooling day, I would walk outside to view God's multicolored and intricately patterned sky. The kaleidoscope of colors that surrounded me in the vastness of His sky reminded me of my smallness and God's greatness. I realized I was totally dependent on my infinite Creator for all things, including the courage and creativity I needed to face another homeschooling day.

Are the pressures of homeschooling squeezing the life out of you today? If so, step outside, look up to the sky, and drink in His beauty. God is waiting to revive you today with the glory of His presence and the wonder of His magnificent creation in the heavens. "O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him" (Psalm 8:1, 3-4)?

Lord, how great You are! I give You the glory today for being such an awesome God! I praise You for the beauty of Your creation and the reminder that I am in Your constant care. In Jesus' name, Amen.