One of the hardest things for us to do is make decisions. We know why they need to be made. We know when they need to be made. We know that things just might level out once they’re made. However, there are times when the decision we have to make involves drawing a line in the sand.

What do I mean? Think about a time when you have had to just really make your decision known, especially when it comes to your faith and your family! Think about when you made the decision to homeschool and everybody in your family had something to say- so what did you do? You drew a line in the sand. There were no ifs, ands, buts, ours, nors, fors, or yets! The line was drawn and you didn’t back down.

Think about the time when you made the decision to follow the Lord in everything that you did, said, or thought. You became Joshua! You said “…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” You drew a line in the sand. You placed your hope, faith, and trust in God and kept it moving!

But then, once the dust settles, you ask yourself why drawing that line had to hurt. You look at how much you changed, how relationships you once enjoyed are now broken…your heart is literally in your throat. You become Paul. You seek the Lord for relief, only to hear, “My grace is sufficient…” You get up off your knees, take a deep breath, yet the tears still fall. You wonder if things will go back to the way they were if you erase the line. For a few moments, you wish you could turn back the clock…just for a moment or two. I have been there and am there now.

No matter when, why or how you do it, drawing that line in the sand is going to hurt or offend someone you know and love. However, the longer you wait to draw the line, the harder it will be. It’s not something that we want to do, but many times, it is necessary.

We need to draw the line in our homes and families. Parenting is not easy by any means, but our children need to know where the line is. Our parents and in-laws need to know where the line is. The decisions that you make for yourself and your household need no explanation. All that matter is that you and your spouse are in agreement and on one page and that you and Almighty God are on the same page. Yes, it may mean that you may not see or talk to them as much and yes, you will be talked about, but still draw the line!

We need to draw the line in our personal and spiritual lives. People need to know where you stand from the jump! This is one that I am having a big helping of right now. When this line isn’t drawn, we lose a lot! Do people know where you draw the line in certain areas? In other words, do they know what to ask or do around you and what not to? Think about it. Do people know where you stand in your walk with God?

We need to draw the line in our homeschool. Your kids will try you! They will do and say things that make you question every thought you have ever had since the day you started teaching them to smile! They need to see that line loud and clear.

We need to draw the line in our relationship with our spouse. Huh? Yes, there’s a line to be drawn there. They need to know what you need and what you expect. They need to know that you need support, love, understanding, and attention. They need to know and understand what makes you tick. They also need to know what is and isn’t okay. Communication, people, communication!

Most importantly, we need to draw the line in our own hearts and minds. We need to detox every now and then. We have to decide when to let go because we hold so much that we just aren’t meant to. I Peter tells us where to cast our cares and we have to draw that line and decide that we are going to let go and let God deal with whatever is plaguing our hearts and minds.

You will have days where you feel like Jesus. You pray and cry so hard that it feels like your heart is going to stop at any moment. You ask God to take this cup for you because it has become entirely too much. But even He drew a line in the sand because He knew what He was here to do. So do you.

Drawing a line in the sand is never easy. To all who read this with a heavy heart, I understand.

2 Corinthians 12:8,9 ” For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

About Tammie Polk

Tammie is a wife and mother of three girls, ages 11, 6, and 1 from Memphis, TN. She began her homeschool journey in 2008 and has worked as both a private and charter school educator as well as a substitute teacher. She is an eclectic homeschooler and enjoys tailoring curriculum to meet the needs of her children, one of whom is special needs. She maintains a blog, Atkah’s Choice ( and also writes for Learning Tangent Magazine. She is also in the process of starting her homeschool consulting and tutoring business. In her spare time, she enjoys writing books and devotionals, creating educational board games and lesson plans, serving in the choir and other ministries at the Crossroads Baptist Church, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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