"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).

Dot-to-Dot lessons were some of my children's favorite math worksheets. Each time we used the dot-to-dot method to review counting in our homeschool math lesson, my children excitedly followed the dots and guessed what the picture would be when they were done. However, in their excitement to finish, sometimes they would hurry too quickly. They would count incorrectly, miss a number, and the result would be a distorted picture. Forced to start over, they would begin again and count more carefully until they finally exclaimed, "Look at what I made!"

Like the dot-to-dots in my children's lessons, God also gives us wisdom and guidance one step at a time. Teaching us to number our days and live by faith, He slowly reveals the perfect picture for our lives. As we seek His face each morning and walk in His understanding, He provides what we need to recognize the next step. Even when Satan tempts us to hurry and make life work on our own, God corrects us as a master teacher and gently leads us back where we need to be. Lovingly, He teaches us to follow His pattern to proclaim, "Look what God has made out of my life!"

How about you? Are you counting on your own strength to see you through homeschooling this year, or are you obediently seeking God's wisdom for each day's lessons? Don't let your homeschooling family get off track. Count on the One who has counted every hair on your head (Matthew 10:30) and star in the sky (Psalm 147:4) and let Him guide you in the perfect path. "Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps" (Job 31:4)?

Lord, sometimes homeschooling seems like a maze, and I don't know where to go next. Please, lead me and show me how to teach with Your guidance, power, and wisdom. In Jesus' name, Amen.