I had no idea homeschooling would involve the spiritual battles I faced. Daily, I was challenged to maintain a godly attitude under the pressures of teaching and maintaining a home. Foolishly, I thought I could stay ahead of Satan's discouraging attacks with a few Scripture verses and my own strength. After a particularly difficult homeschooling day, I finally reached an emotional, rock-bottom experience. Tired and drained, I decided tomorrow was the day to give up teaching my four children. Going to bed early that night, I had resolved to call the school district in the morning to enroll my children.

That night, I had the most unusual dream. In my dream, I saw a large, dark figure approaching our farmhouse from across the field. I sensed the evil coming from this thing and knew that if he reached me, I would be killed. As he came closer, I quickly looked for a way of escape and saw a reinforced cage lying on the ground next to me. Thinking I would be safe, I climbed inside. Sneering, the dark figure picked up the cage and shook it violently. I felt the painful blows from hitting the sides as he banged me around inside the cage. Looking down, I noticed several articles of padded clothing that would protect me, and as I struggled to reach them, I woke up.

I never had a dream that seemed so real. I immediately prayed to ask God if there was some special meaning. Amazingly, God led me to Ephesians 6:10-18, and after reading this passage of Scripture, I understood my dream. I had failed to put on the whole armor of God each day, and Satan was beating me up in my homeschooling efforts. My cage of salvation had kept me alive, but without the full covering of God's armor to protect myself during the daily spiritual battles, I would continue to be defeated. Enlightened and empowered with God's truth, my spiritual walk and my homeschooling changed.

Are you facing the giant of despair and feeling beat up in your homeschooling? If your temper is short and you feel frustrated and angry at God, your children, or yourself, perhaps you've forgotten to dress this morning with God's protective armor. Don't wait for a near homeschooling defeat before you realize the true source of your strength in homeschooling. Turn to God now and discover His power for victory. "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Jesus, You are my King, and I surrender all that I am to You. Fill me mightily today with Your presence and power to defeat the lies of the evil one before they rob our family of the blessings of homeschooling. In Your precious name, Amen.