"When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path" (Psalm 142:3a).

My son was sitting at the kitchen table, staring out the window with workbooks and other schoolwork scattered around him in a semi-circle two inches deep. I had given him multiple assignments for that week, and I also knew he had several incomplete papers from last week. In addition, he needed to study for upcoming quizzes and tests. As I reminded him of everything that was due by Friday, I could see despair shutting down his mind. As he sat there looking forlorn, I gave him a hug and said, "Is there something I can help you with to get started?"

"No, Mom," he replied. "There's so much to do! How am I supposed to get this all done by Friday?"

Nehemiah must have felt like my son as he stood surveying the huge task ahead of him. Looking at the rubble of Jerusalem's walls that stretched for miles, I'm sure he must have wondered where and how to start (Nehemiah 1-2). Fortunately, Nehemiah had prepared his work with prayer, and God answered by helping him begin. Moving King Artaxerxes to offer his support, Nehemiah left his cupbearer job in Shushan and returned to Jerusalem to rally the people. God also encouraged the hearts of the Jews who were living there to repair each gate and rebuild every stone that had been torn down. In just 52 days, Nehemiah and the people repaired the walls that had been lying in waste for 70 years.

As a homeschooling parent, you may be facing too many assignments in your life. Cleaning, cooking, ministering, and homeschooling leave little time for spare moments. Every task seems important, so where do you begin? If you're feeling overwhelmed under the weight of your responsibilities, learn the lesson God taught Nehemiah and my son. Pray for strength and wisdom, pick your task, and just start working. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish when the Lord is in it. My son certainly was when he finished every assignment that week, even with time to spare!

Lord, Your Word says in Ephesians 1:19-20 that the same mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to those who believe. Father, I claim Your promise and ask that You empower me today to accomplish every task You have given to me. In Jesus' name, Amen.