"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" (Isaiah 28:9-10).

I'm not sure what I expected from my children when we first started homeschooling. I guess I thought they would be accomplished mathematicians and readers by the time they were in second grade. As we continued to homeschool each year, however, I realized that children grow intellectually the same way they grow physically — a little bit at a time. Even though I felt like we weren't accomplishing much each day, every new phonics rule, spelling word, grammar rule, or math fact was actually building upon itself and laying a foundation that would lead to their educational success.

Spiritual maturity is a step-by-step growing process as well. Too many times we look at older, more mature saints and wish that we had their walk with God. However, we fail to see the years of lessons (sometimes painful lessons) that brought them to their point of maturity. Each lesson learned in faith, prayer, and scriptural truths builds upon the last to produce a shining, godly character.

What about your spiritual life? Does it seem like there are so many lessons to learn before you become a person of faith? Maybe you even find yourself relearning the same lessons like patience, a pure thought life, or gratefulness over and over again. God is the master builder of all things (Hebrews 3:4), and He is setting the bricks of your faith one at a time. Trust Him, and you'll become a shining example of His love to your homeschooling family and the world. "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).

Lord, thank You for each lesson You've used to teach me more about You. Increase my faith and keep teaching me that my life might glorify You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.