Sitting in the corner of our kitchen like a trophy on a mantle was the done box. Each homeschooling year began with a new box to collect each of our children's completed worksheets and lessons. Originally designed to provide documentation of our children's schoolwork to state authorities, the done box came to represent something different throughout the homeschooling years.

The done box became a physical representation of my children's diligence, hard work, and determination to complete their studies. When we became discouraged and thought we had not achieved much in our homeschooling, the piles of paper in the done box became a reminder of our productivity. Seeing what we had completed motivated us to continue working hard to finish our homeschool year.

Many times, we wonder if God is really leading us in our spiritual walk. Like David in Psalms, we need to remember where we have been and how God has led us (Psalm 42:6). Looking back on all God had done for him as king, David could only sing praises to God and look forward to the next step in God's plan.

Do you need to be encouraged in your homeschooling today? Take a look back and see what you have accomplished with your children. Have your children become good readers? Do you see godly character qualities reflected in their behavior? Is your family emotionally close and strong? Thank God today for what He has strengthened you to do and continue looking forward to the next homeschooling step. "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14).

Jesus, I give You the glory for the homeschool blessings You have given to our family. Thank You for all the past victories and encourage me to trust You for our homeschooling future. In Your precious name, Amen.