Having been battling discouragement at my house lately in the arena of homeschooling, housekeeping, self-keeping, and child-keeping. I found this article to be very encouraging today from the Homeschool Minute.
"When I am disappointed in myself, I have been thinking too much of myself and have forgotten that in myself is no good thing. I need to refocus my attention on God Himself, for there is nothing in Him that can disappoint. When I am disappointed in my children it is usually because I have set aside the task of making good disciples of my children and instead am trying to make good students. Disappointment in our children's achievements or lack of them or in their behavior can be a sign to us to stop what we are doing for awhile and make a disciple of that child. Sometimes we are disappointed in others because we have a set of silent rules that become the line on which all others must walk. Maybe they don't even see the line we have drawn yet we hold them to walking that line in our own imagination! Maybe you should never have drawn that line. If you find yourself disappointed, redraw your line heavenward. Get shoulder to shoulder with Him and learn His ways and let Him carry your load. When He steps, you step. Walk His line. You will never be disappointed in Him. In fact, when you are disappointed and you turn to Him, you will find that even the disappointments in life can be sweet because they drew you even closer to the Savior. People will fail you, your children will fail you, your family and friends will fail you. You will fail yourself. He will never fail you. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.Psalms 73:21-25 "