Maybe it’s the dark, cloudy skies. Maybe it’s the cold, drizzly weather. Maybe it’s just that I need a holiday from the holidays, or maybe it’s that we’re four months into the school year now, but ’round about this time each year, I feel like I need a pick-me-up. I want to zap some life back into our homeschool days, some of that get-up-and-go excitement that burned off back in September.
Today, I want to share some inspirational quotes that are sinking into my soul and reminding me why this challenging work is oh-so-glorious, too.
(And if you don’t homeschool? I suspect you just might find something to inspire your mama heart, too.)
When you need to remember your purpose.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10
When you’re tempted to overhaul the curriculum.
“Do few things, but do them well.” – St. Francis of Assisi
When the daily grind feels thankless.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24
When you’re feeling overwhelmed.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” – Psalm 55:22
When cabin fever is making you testy.
“Love begins at home.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta
When your heart feels heavy.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
When you feel like it’s all on your shoulders.
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13
When you’re worried about how it will all turn out.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
When you need a mommy friend to lean on.
“Love our Lady, and she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.” – St. Josemaria Escriva
When negative thoughts (or snarky internet comments) are getting in your way.
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5
When you’re nervous about trying something new.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” – Proverbs 16:3
When your kids are getting on your nerves.
“Know this, my beloved brothers [and sisters]: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” – James 1:19
When you feel that your vocation is small.
“The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” – St. Thomas More
When it all feels impossible.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
When you feel like what you do doesn’t matter.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta
When your thoughts (or your tongue) need a reboot.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
When you don’t know where to go next.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” – Psalm 32:8
When having to discipline your children (again!) is getting you down.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
When you feel fearful about the future.
“God’s providence is in all things; it’s always present.” – St. Gianna Beretta Molla
When you feel helpless.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2
When you feel like you just can’t do it for one more day.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
When you’re stuck in the worry cycle.
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina
When you feel anxious.
“Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to Him. That is all the doing you have to worry about.” – St. Jane Frances de Chantal
When you worry that homeschooling isn’t worth it anymore.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
When you’re tempted to do it without Him.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” – Psalm 127:1