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One thing I love about homeschooling is how much I learn in the process. As parents, we have the never ending job of training up our children right? But, one thing we don’t count on (at least I didn’t) was how much I LEARN in the process.
Case in point, a recent bible study with my children. We are going through this book during our morning bible time and a lesson came up regarding the feeding of the multitude in Matthew 15. After we read the chapter my daughter asked,
“Mom, why didn’t they mention the little boy in this chapter?”
and I replied back I didn’t really know. I looked at my notes, and at the prior chapter and was shocked to find that there are TWO feedings of the multitude in the bible. Yes, I know, I probably should have known this… but I digress.
On to the lesson, so I read through the notes, and did some research and what I found shocked me to my core. In this particular chapter, Jesus feeds the multitude with scraps. Yes, that’s right scraps. Leftover from the small offering the boy gave in the prior feeding of the multitude.
“Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost“John 6:12 NASB
Now, why did this make such an impact on my life?
Because moms we SO OFTEN feel like our SCRAPS aren’t good enough!
At the end of the day, we are tired. We are worn out and feel that what we have left (our scraps) isn’t enough for our husbands….
We take that left over curriculum from another child and we look at it in disdain because once again we are going to have to make someone else’s scraps be enough instead of purchasing that shiny curriculum we really want.
We wake up a little sleep deprived and start our day feeling half full. Instead of spending some time in prayer we decide that small scrap of time isn’t enough for God so we sullenly move on with the rest of our day and instead give Him nothing.
Our left over books, or clothes, or household items aren’t enough to make a difference it’s scraps compared to what that family may really need.
I mean guys seriously?! How often have we thought similar thoughts to those listed above. How often do we look at the “scraps” of our life and sulk? Or complain. Or feel like it’s JUST NOT ENOUGH!
But moms, listen our scraps ARE enough. The scraps that we are given are enough. We need to stop looking at what we have as leftover scraps and remember the blessing that God has given us.
In Matthew 14 Jesus asks the disciples to pick up the scraps. He knew they were of significance. And in the next chapter he used them to perform another miracle.
What can we take away from this? How can we find joy in our scraps?
- That little bit of time or money that you can give may seem like scraps to you. But to someone else? It may be a blessing big enough you can’t even imagine!
- Those 10 minutes you don’t want to give your spouse because you’re tired, or don’t feel like it? They could be a building block in your marriage.
- That 5 minutes you could spend in prayer or study but you feel like it’s not enough? That scrap of time could make or break your homeschool day.
- That discontentment we feel over our income (or what we perceive as lack there of) can breed bitterness in our heart and towards our spouse, or our neighbor and friends. Instead remember that Jesus took little and fed thousands. How much more could we do with our income if we thanked God for what we had instead of complained about what we don’t.
So, moms, I challenge you today to choose joy by changing your viewpoint regarding scraps. Ask yourself what you can really do with that scrap of time, or income, or your leftover belongings. Because God can take that little scrap and turn it into so much more!
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