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Lessons Learned From a Bowl of Oatmeal

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Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest because you did not give up.

Lessons learned From a Bowl of Oatmeal

A couple of mornings ago, my oldest daughter brought to my desk this beautiful and yummy bowl of oatmeal.  As I sat savoring the mouth-watering mixture of flavors, I thought back to all the breakfast I made for her and her brother and sisters. A flood of memories came back to me of being surrounded by four little ones. This was a "harvest" that I was receiving! 

The results of mothering do not come as quickly as we hope. The reality is that we will never see all the results to want to, but there will be wonderful, beautiful, yummy, breath taking, proud moments that you will experience if you "do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest because you did not give up." (Gal 6:9) -by the way, there were more times than I care to admit that I felt like "giving up."

Motherhood is a HARD and wonderful thing. It is waking up morning after morning and loving your kids even when you wonder if you are doing any good. YES, YOU ARE! I believe that we have the most important job in the world. Who else has privilege, given by God Himself, the awesome experience of raising, nurturing, teaching, disciplining, molding, praying for, loving, cuddling, kissing your children each and EVERY day?

YOU are shaping children who will become adults and shape the future. Your love and work will go on, you are creating a legacy. YOU are important!

Keep up the good work moms. You will see many results along the way, but you need patience! Keep your eyes open to see those results, even in the little things, like a beautiful, yummy bowl of oatmeal!

What little or big "harvests" have you received along the mom journey? 

Enjoying the journey,


Michelle Osborn the founder and owner Yellow House Book Rental, a service to homeschool families. She is a 21-year homeschool veteran of four, two married, one in college, and one teenager at home. 


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  • Amanda,
    It always amazes me that God can use me and my difficult circumstances to bless other. Teenagers are challenging. They can be your best friend one minute and then turn to someone you don’t even recognize the next. God continues to teach me through my very strong willed child. Sadly, aren’t we like that with Him as well? Don’t give up in doing good. You WILL reap a harvest when you do not give up.

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  • I just wanted to say thank you for this article. I am a relatively new homeschooler. And I am being really challenged right now with my 13 year old. This article really encouraged me today. Thanks! God bless!

    Amanda on

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