"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24).

Our children were often frustrated when we first started homeschooling because they didn't know whether to listen to Dad or Mom. Our team-teaching approach was seriously lacking, and after the first year, we realized the problem. Although my husband wanted to help with teaching, he simply didn't know where the children were in their studies. When he attempted to answer their questions in the evening, he actually made things more confusing. Making adjustments, my husband and I decided he should be in charge of teaching only one or two subjects and leave the rest to me.

Having two masters in charge rarely works, but serving more than one master is even harder. According to Luke 16:13, there are no fence riders in the kingdom of heaven. The choice is plain and simple. Either we choose to submit our lives to Christ, or we live for money and the pleasures it provides. Ironically, the lack of money can actually make homeschooling parents value money as much as a greedy person living in abundance. By making every penny count, we overdevelop our focus in purchasing necessary items for our home. We also begin to see our husband's paycheck as our salvation, instead of trusting the Lord for provision. Money becomes our master — not because we have it, but because we don't.

How much time do you spend thinking about money during your homeschooling day? Do you wonder how you will make ends meet? If you're anxious or overly concerned about your financial situation, you'll only waste valuable teaching and family time. God knows what you need. Let His Word from Matthew 6:31-32 encourage you again this day: "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things."

Lord, You know I am trying to handle our finances carefully. Forgive me for stressing out and putting too much importance on where the next meal is coming from. You've always provided, and I choose to look to You again for all that I need. In Jesus' name, Amen.