"Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart" (Psalm 26:2).

When my four children reached long division in their math curriculum, several weeks of resistance and conflict resulted during our homeschooling days. The painstaking process seemed unending and laborious to my high-tech children. "Mom, why do we have to do this by hand?" they cried. "Why can't we just figure this out on the calculator?" Taking the time and effort to show their work on every quiz and test in division was even more agonizing. To them, the quick and easy method of using the calculator's brain instead of their own seemed the best answer to solving math computations.

Taking the easy way out is common for today's Christians. Most saved people consider the testing of their faith something to be avoided or eliminated. Instead of walking through life's trials with God, many bypass the challenge and supersede God's will with manmade answers. However, James 1:3-4 gives us God's perspective for trials: "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

Is homeschooling stretching you to the limits and trying your patience? God is working in your life and your children's lives. He knows how demanding each day can be and wants you to trust Him "by hand." Place your hand in His today. Waiting on God for answers is never easy, but the spiritual lesson of endurance is only learned by going through the process. Allow Him to teach you to "let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:4).

Lord, how quick I am to give up when homeschooling gets hard. Teach me endurance and patience as my children and I learn academic and spiritual lessons together. In Jesus' name, Amen.