Distractions can eat up a day of schooling faster than you know, and there seems to always be plenty of them. Many days I've wondered, "Where did the time go?" The time I lost was usually spent on things that seemed beneficial or constructive. One of these was the temptation to answer the phone. After all, it may be an emergency, right?

A ringing phone for me was like a piece of candy to a child. I couldn't resist answering it. Besides, who can stand listening to a ringing phone? Being on the phone seemed innocent enough until my children needed me. Often, they would have to wait to have their questions answered until I was done talking to a friend. "Just let it ring" became my children's motto.

Do you feel like you are always behind and homeschooling is becoming a burden? Pray to ask God to show you what activities need to be eliminated from your daily schedule. Homeschooling is too important to your children's future to not give it your best effort. Get rid of those distractions that may be worthwhile in themselves, but eat too much of your time each day. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).

Lord, help me to prioritize my schedule today and not be taken in by those things that distract me. My children are depending on me to teach them, and I need Your wisdom to know what is valuable and what isn't. In Jesus' name, Amen.