Every mother is a teacher. I was no exception. God used me to teach our baby how to eat with a spoon, say words, play catch, and dress himself. Daily, I taught our little one everything he needed to know to succeed at home. Then, the school years arrived, and I doubted if I would be able to teach him everything he needed to know to succeed in school. I wanted to homeschool, but people intimidated me about obeying God's call to homeschool. When they said, "You're not smart enough to teach your child," I was tempted to believe them. After all, I didn't have a four-year college degree. Disregarding their comments, however, I decided to relinquish my fears and trust Christ for the wisdom and knowledge necessary to continue teaching my child from home.

Fear is a successful tactic Satan uses to make Christians disregard God's call for their lives. It causes them to doubt God's love and provision, even though they started out strong in their faith. The inspiration given by Jesus to walk on the water is lost, and like Peter, believers find themselves sinking under the waves.

What about you? Are the waves of opposition getting high and beating fear into your decision to homeschool? If you've been walking on water and experiencing God's blessings in teaching your child at home, don't look down now. Keep your eyes on Jesus and cry out like Peter, "Lord, save me!" Jesus knows what you need, and you can trust Him to offer His loving hand to lift you to safety. After all, hasn't He been right there with you as you've taught your child from the very beginning? "And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

Lord, forgive me for doubting You and listening to the lies of the evil one. Give me Your hand of strength and lift me above these fears as You calm my heart to faithfully homeschool. In Jesus' name, Amen.