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One Good Thing Every Day: May 10, 2013

This week is “Testing Week.”

As a home school family, we have the benefit of completing our annual testing in a comfortable, familiar environment. The results are seen by the testing administration company, myself, my husband, and my children. Yet, performance anxiety remains in spite of encouragement and assurances.

A year’s worth of knowledge bursts at the sight of the answer sheet’s bubbles. I feel the pressure, too, as my right brain cajoles and my left brain criticizes my efforts. How will the results of their learning and my teaching look to…us? Nevermind what the world, our friends, or our family think!

Our self-perceptions blind us from performing an accurate analysis of percentages, bar graphs, and statistics. We overlook the absence of last year’s tears over taking a timed test for the first time. A child who qualifies for adaptations completes the two hardest sections without assistance on Friday. How do we stay on task despite illness and busy schedules?

I see only one possibility. We close our eyes to our inner mirrors as God unveils His master portrait, reminding us of His unchanging, unfailing love.

“The desire to ‘look perfect’ is a driving force for many of us…when we grow frantic trying to get everything done and make it look easy, we sacrifice more than our own sanity: we miss out on seeing God glorified in our weakness….An unwillingness to allow yourself to fail at anything, or to let anyone else see that you have failed, is a key indication that your heart does not trust God with the outcome.” from A Jane Austen Devotional

“Becoming humble means seeing ourselves as God sees us: needy, yet liberated. We feel the private contrition associated with our neediness, accept God’s forgiveness, and then as for help.” from Joan C. Webb’s It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life

“Although self-sufficiency is acclaimed in the world, reliance on me produces abundant living in My kingdom. Thank Me for the difficulties in your life, since they provide protection from the idolatry of self-reliance.”

John 15:5 NIV

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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One Good Thing Every Day: May 4, 2013

“Perfectionists minimize their moral and ethical plus-side and magnify their failings.” from Miriam Elliot and Susan Meltsner’s The Perfectionist Predicament

“It’s like we set up unrealistic spiritual expectations and then worry that God is disappointed in us….God doesn’t withdraw His grace, compassion or support when we fall short in our own eyes. Once we accept the invitation to be His child, He’ll never change his mind.” from Joan C. Webb’s It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life

Romans 11:29 NIV

For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

John 8:31-32 NKJV

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Psalm 29:2 NKJV

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

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One Good Thing Every Day: April 26, 2013

“When caught in the pursuit of perfection, my focus is on the finished product, and I miss the daily fun….God doesn’t expect us to complete our entire life’s to-do list in one week!” from Joan C. Webb’s It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life


Matthew 6:34 NIV

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.