As I prepared to teach my Sunday school class last week, (3rd-6th grades), I felt hypocritical. Each month we have a word we focus on and the word for this month is self-control. Uh-oh. I can talk a good talk, but sometimes the actions don't match up. I relate completely with Paul's words in Romans 7. "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.... For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. What I do is not the good I want to do; no the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing....Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"

Self-Control:  the foundation of successful homeschooling.

Are you like me? I begin a new year with vigor. Whether it is a new school year in September or beginning again after the Christmas or spring break, I'm usually on target, ready to meet my goals. Homeschooling moms are the queens of self-control. No one tells us when to rise in the morning. We make our own lessons plans, then decide whether or not we will use them. Field trips on Friday? Skip math on Monday? The choices are ours. But our enemy doesn't like it when we are strong. He hurls darts at us and sometimes those darts hit the bulls eye.

Proverbs 25:28 says, "Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.