"Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things" (1 Corinthians 13:7).

My oldest son loved the old West stories in our U.S. history curriculum. He seemed to identify with the early settlers who left the comforts of home and family in the East for adventure and gold in the West's unknown frontiers. Because my son's interest in this chapter of history ran deep, we decided to celebrate his tenth birthday with a tour of a working gold mine in Colorado.

My son's eagerness to find gold was contagious. Exchanging our caps for hard hats, our entire family accompanied him as he proceeded down the mine. Our guide's expert commentary gave my son a new understanding of the methods used in locating and extracting gold underground. Although the first prospectors easily became rich, many who followed faced hours of difficult work to compile even an ounce of this precious metal. At the tour's conclusion, my son was given a pan to search for his own gold in a nearby riverbed. After panning in several spots for more than an hour in hopes of finding his fortune, my son looked at me and said, "Mom, they sure had to work hard for just a little bit of gold, didn't they?"

Finding the gold in homeschooling also takes time. The first years usually involve sifting out mistakes like using the wrong curriculum, over-scheduling activities, and becoming intimidated by homeschooling opponents. However, if you faithfully continue teaching in God's strength, you'll soon observe the sparkling flakes of educational knowledge and Christ-like character shining in your child. If you've been thinking about giving up as a homeschool parent, now's the time to dig deep and discover the best in your homeschooling family. Go for the gold! "And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel" (Isaiah 45:3).

Father, nothing of value ever comes easily. Please, give me the strength and wisdom to remain faithful, while You show me the gold You've placed in each of my children's lives. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.