“…Mothers work wonders once they are convinced that wonders are demanded of them.”
—Charlotte Mason, Home Education,Vol. 1, pg. 44
I have recently become convinced that wonders are demanded of me.
Have you ever felt this? It can be overwhelming when you have this realization: that someone, or Someone, is demanding wonders from little, old you. My own realization took place once I decided that homeschooling my kids would be a perfect fit for my family.
The challenge to create a home learning environment which would encourage my children to develop lifelong relationships with the things they were learning, to be able to set before them a feast of ideas from a wide variety of worthy subjects, as well as to instill in them a love of God—all that is what left me feeling simply overwhelmed with the sense that, as dear Charlotte Mason would say, wonders are, indeed, demanded of little, old me.
And… well, why shouldn’t my Heavenly Father—the ultimate Worker of Wonders—expect such things from His daughter? I have, as have all His daughters, inherited many divine qualities from Him, including the capacity to work wonders.
“To be a daughter of God means that you are the offspring of Deity, literal descendants of a Divine Father, inheriting godly attributes and potential. To be a daughter of God also means that you have been born again, changed from a ‘carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness’ (Mosiah 27:25).”
—President James E. Faust, “What It Means to Be a Daughter of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 100
If I am the offspring of Deity, then surely I can be successful in working wonders, particularly if I have Christ and His Grace to buoy me up and transform me into something better!
My conclusion: it is possible to work wonders—with God’s help. Indeed, as the apostle Paul would say,
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians 4:13 KJV
I am fond of goals, and have had much success with them in days past. That said, when I envision a version of myself capable of managing a home and a homeschool, I get a bit intimidated.
I see someone who has so many habits, skills, and qualities I have yet to succeed in establishing. Am I even capable of getting there? Can I be the mother I want to be?
Here is an exceedingly comforting fact: I have over two years to become this person because my children are still young enough that any formal homeschooling won’t begin until fall 2018 when my oldest turns 6. And, perhaps more importantly, any imperfect and blundering attempts to become that person can only leave me more able to achieve my goals.
With that in mind, here is what I, personally, most urgently need to become by fall 2018:
- Someone who consistently eats nutritiously and enjoys nutritious food
- Someone who consistently incorporates a healthy amount of movement into her day and spends hours outside with the children
- Someone who has some basic, consistent home cleanliness routines on autopilot
These are my personal weak points; if you were to make a journey toward becoming a worker of wonders with me, your goals and the steps you take to achieve those lofty goals could differ wildly!
No matter where you are in your journey in life, I invite you to ponder this: Are you working wonders? What needs to change so that you can? Give yourself a generous portion of time and patience, and start becoming that wonderworker. No one else can do the wonders which God has set aside for you to do!
“Live up to the great and magnificent inheritance which the Lord God, your Father in Heaven, has provided for you. Rise above the dust of the world. Know that you are daughters of God, children with a divine birthright. Walk in the sun with your heads high, knowing that you are loved and honored, that you are a part of his kingdom, and that there is for you a great work to be done which cannot be left to others.”
—President Gordon B. Hinckley,“Live Up to Your Inheritance,” Ensign, Nov. 1983, 84. Emphasis mine.
These are some inspiring words from a Latter-day Saint prophet I want to keep in mind as I begin. I will share them with you, as I find them vastly encouraging! If you have any encouraging words to share besides these, perhaps from your own faith, I would love to hear them as well!