We know that not all of our readers homeschool; God calls all of us into different places in differing seasons. As for Mary and myself, we are in the middle of homeschooling, homemaking, and living a primarily home-centered life. Our days are full and we are blessed – so very blessed - to have the LORD leading us as we homeschool our kids.
When Mary and I met online, we soon found that we had a lot in common, were united in a common calling and had similar convictions! Soon, we were even using the same curriculum with our 4-5 graders! (We both have loved using and adapting Heart of Dakota materials the last year and this year.)
What a blessing it has been to be able to encourage and bounce ideas off of each other as we press through our challenges each day to invest in and teach our children.
I am so grateful that the LORD is part of my life and welcomed into my home and the tasks I face each day.
I have been blessed with a deep peace about homeschooling this year – - – and this is how I know why.
We had something happen last week that normally (last year for instance) would have caused me great pain and worry. The Singing Peach mentioned that a parent told her that she should have a certain skill learned by now, with her being in 5th grade. This mother suggested that she go back to “real school” – or something like that.
I know that her comments were innocent and meant to be encouraging to the Peach, but I saw just how much my daughter had lost her confidence in herself and in our homeschooling.
I was immediately tempted to worry and freak out that I was not being a *good enough teacher* for my daughter – although I have been a teacher for along time.
I immediately stopped that train of thought and prayed for God to give me wisdom and clarity to focus on His Truth about this situation – and then to speak the Truth in to my precious daughter.
My children all have different challenges and amazing abilities – the skill in question is one that the Peach struggles with and is working hard to master.
I have peace – from God – that she WILL master it in the RIGHT TIMING for her. Boy, oh boy, it was hard not to allow myself to feel inadequate as my daughter’s teacher in hearing these comments though.
God spoke to my heart – as He always does when I stop and be still enough to hear Him – He reassured me – and then I reassured the Peach that she will learn it when she’s ready, that we are not in competition with other kids her age, and that I pray that she will be able to relax about all of this.
We prayed together – and then my precious Peach looked at me with her big, brown eyes and said, “Mom, I trust you.”
*Heart-melt and leaky eyes*
in the same way – - -
Our Heavenly Father is also waiting for us to look at Him – - -
and to say that we trust him with our children,
their learning and abilities,
and to have us welcome Him into our homes and home-schools
to be the One to teach us as we teach our children.
What a huge lesson this was for me this week – - – The LORD has been teaching me so much about what it means to really trust Him and find rest as a homeschooling mom. I pray that you will be blessed by me sharing some of the things that He has been leading me to do that have helped SO much in this process….
- Find your confidence in the LORD and be careful to not spend time comparing yourself, your children, your home, your homeschooling to anyone else
* It is very easy – I have done it myself – to fall into the habit of looking for more resources, tips, advice, and ideas from Blogs, Facebook, and other (awesome) home-schoolers. We are SO blessed to have so many resources and avenues for encouragement today right at our fingertips. The problem comes when we become CONSUMED by always looking for “more” and end up feeling like our efforts and what we are doing isn’t enough for our kids. Ask God to help you have discernment and wisdom - and then follow His leading in this area. Trust HIM for the growth and learning that you desire to see in your children; He is their Abba and has His Hand on them.
2. Listen to the LORD and be willing to adapt if something isn’t working and reach out for support when you need it.
* This may seem like I am discounting what I have written above – but I am not. I do believe that the LORD will show you when something isn’t working for your child (curriculum or a teaching strategy) and then He will lead you to the answer. We also feel isolated and need support when we are homeschooling our kids.. I have been so blessed by the encouragement and wisdom of others who have helped me when I needed it. I have learned that I have to be “Intentional” about t his though – intentional about seeking God first and then in asking for input from other women I trust. I am grateful for the support and help from other women in the trenches!
3. Make prayer, praise, and Bible study the first priority in your home, homeschool, and in your own walk with the LORD.
* Out of all three points, I think that this has become the one most crucial to me finding rest in the LORD. It is in prayer that I put any need I have before the LORD, asking for His help and guidance; it is in praise that God restores my soul and lifts my spirit. When I read His Word, I find the wisdom, strength, and courage that I need to continue doing what God has called me to do. When I made the decision to welcome God’s Presence into my home, the atmosphere of our home changed and all of us started to walk in deeper peace with one another.
What a blessing it is to have the LORD a part of my life – and then to invest this rich inheritance into the lives of my three kids.
Am I perfect? No, far from it – but I seek my help, wisdom, and guidance from the Perfect One – the One who gives me rest from comparison, from fear, and from overcommitment. When I listen to Him and then do what He wants me to do, I find a rest that goes beyond explanation.
My dear friends – I am praying the same for you.
If you need prayer, please leave a comment below. I would be blessed to pray for you.
New International Version (NIV)
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God[a];
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge
Be encouraged today in His Peace and Rest – - -
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