It’s almost April….Did you know that? I feel like this snuck up on me…For some reason when April rolls around I start to feel overwhelmed with the school year; I am ready for summer….then all at once the thoughts of sand and waves halt and I am nauseous at the thought that we are behind….I fold my arms and lay my head on the desk and say “here we are AGAIN.”
Then I am reminded of something in all of this….while I would often let my nerves get the best of me thinking of the challenge that lies ahead of us, I actually find myself with so much peace in the situation that God has put our family. We have been blessed to have the support our family and friends in our decisions to homeschool. I know homeschooling isn’t for everyone, there is no way I could do it without my Husbands full backing and the support we recieve from family. There is no perfect word set in stone that says we will homeschool until the day they graduate but today this is where we are. Did I ever think in a million years that I would homeschool my kids? Heavens, no. Homeschooling is something that God led our family to, how blessed we are that we can decide how to school our kids…
As we slowly draw to a close this school year I want it to fall fresh on me God’s will for our family….I need God to show me the way, show me how, show me where I need to be. I always find myself at the end of the year looking back and wondering….Did I do enough? Why didn’t we do more fun stuff? Did I fail them? When I find myself in all of those questions I am reminded of His word, His word that I lean on in all things and for all things…
I want to share some encouragement with you my homeschooling mamas, yes it is the end of the year and we are tired…yes there is testing ahead and curriculum to finish. There are even projects to be done and papers to grade…but remember why God called you here. These are our key verses for our homeschool and I want to share them with you, let them give you the last bit of drive you need to finish the school year strong!
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Ephesians 6:4 “And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:13 “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be peace of your children.”
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”(While I may not have thought this is what I would be doing, God chose me for this.)
II Timothy 1:12 “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day.” ( I commit our homeschool to God.)
I Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
I am far from perfect and I certainly don’t have it all together. I know I will mess up and I will not do everything right; but I know that God is going to provide what we need. As Phillipians 4:13 says “we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us” therefore He will make all things possible. I want to help my children find what He wants for them. In my heart I know that God gave them to us to train and to teach, to nurture, and love. Don’t take your calling lightly….He has called you here for just this time and just this purpose.