"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).

Homeschooling is a challenge, a commitment, and a lifestyle of love and devotion. As a fellow homeschooling parent, my heart goes out to those who continue to faithfully teach their children at home. You are not alone in your efforts. I, along with thousands of homeschoolers who have run this race and reached the finish line, cheer you on each step. At times, homeschooling can be tiring and seem like a thankless job as you face hurdles of opposition, but those of us who have run the race know what you're doing is important. With great respect, we pray you'll keep going to the end to experience the wonderful blessings of helping your child rise to his gifting by God.

As Christians, Hebrews 12:1 tells us that we also have another crowd cheering us on. The great men and women of faith in Hebrews 11, along with thousands of other believers are cheering you on in your spiritual race. This cloud of witnesses watches and knows the blessings waiting for you in this life and in heaven. Like young Timothy following in the footsteps of Paul, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:12).

Is your faith being tested today? Do you feel like giving up instead of standing firm in what you know to be true according to God's Word? Don't despair! You have a great cloud of witnesses who have gone down this same path before you. Let the Holy Spirit and the encouragement of their faithful lives fill you with the strength you need to finish your spiritual race.

Lord, thank You for the countless lives of missionaries, martyrs, and believers who have remained true to You and Your Word throughout time. Encourage me today to take heart and stand strong as I face the daily battles of homeschooling. In Jesus' name, Amen.