Introducing the Encouraging Chick.....

It's with great pleasure to introduce a close friend of mine to you, Nicole from One Magnificent Obsession.  Nicole is in my homeschool group and such an inspiration to everyone around her. She's a homeschool mom of three who is always finding ways to make learning meaningful and exciting. I know you will be encouraged by her "Justa Homeschool Mom" post. Many moms can relate so well to her thoughts, including me. Please welcome Nicole with lots of comments and visits to her blog.  ~Tamara

Justa Homeschool Mom

I recently heard a great message at church. The speaker encouraged us to never think that we are “justa” Sunday school teacher or “justa” nursery worker…that we are called by God for His purpose.

I know I have been there. Someone you just meet asks you what you do. A laundry list of thoughts run through my mind before I say, “I stay home with my kids” or “I homeschool my three littles.”

I KNOW the truth. That being a stay at home mom is the highest calling I could fathom, and the most difficult. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be with my children every day and guide them in the building of their character and academic education. I DO believe it is an amazing blessing. I believe that not one of those college and seminary classes was wasted. I KNOW that. And most of the time I feel that. But, sometimes? Sometimes I give in to the thought that I am “justa” homeschool mom.

It’s in those times, when I question and wonder, and even doubt, I must remind myself of God’s calling.

Hear, O Israel:The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deut 6:5-9

I am NOT “JUSTA” homeschool mom. I am called out by God for a specific purpose. That purpose right now is primarily fulfilled by glorifying God in raising my children in godliness and homeschooling them to rise up and impact the kingdom of God. I get the blessing of teaching them as we rise up and as we lie down. I am called just as Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. I am called just as Joshua was called to lead the Israelites into the promise land. I am called just as Rahab was called to hide the spies. And Jonah was called to warn the Ninevites. I am called for His purpose not mine.

Ten years ago this was not my dream. I had a completely different plan for my life. However, so much of that is just geography. The heart of my calling is the same. To live passionately for His glory, leading others to the Father. And it starts in my home. I am thankful to look at those called before me—Moses, Rahab, Joshua, Jonah…. Moses was “justa” whiner with a stutter. Joshua was “justa” youth. Rahab was “justa” prostitute. And Jonah was “justa” coward. I am happy to join the ranks of the “justas” that have been called by God to do great things in His strength. Thankfully, just like those “Justas” before us, God constantly refines us into the person He wants us to be. No longer a “justa,” but a child of His called according to His purpose.

"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" ~Phil. 1:6


  1. Thanks so much for sharing Nicole. When "Justa" comes knocking at our doors in the future trying to drag us down, we will remember your post. We all need to put up a sign- No Justas allowed :)

    1. Thank you Tamara! You are such an encouragement to ME! So very glad it was an encouragement to you! Anytime you think you are "Justa" anything just give me a call and I can set you straight! ;)

  2. What a GREAT post Nicole! I love the scriptures and the reminder that we need to be faithful where God has put us!! Thank you!!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement! Isn't it so great to be able to rest in His call and know we are right where we are supposed to be!?!

  3. I love the scripture and encouraging words! Gave me a lift this AM. :-)
    PS I do a Friday Linky party if you want to link up!

    1. Thank you! So glad it was an encouragement to you!


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