I wish I had a dollar for each time I have heard from a parent, “I could never homeschool, I don’t have enough patience.”
I have begin to respond with, “And you think I do? Patience is something I get from the Lord when I need it. I wasn’t born with it.”
” I just don’t think I can do this.”
“My child wants to go back to school, should I let him?”
“My mom says that I can’t tech my kids because I don’t have a degree.”
These are just a few of the comments or questions that I get on a regular basis from moms who have just started homeschooling or have done it a while, but are running into new challenges so they begin to doubt their own selves.
I spent the first 5 years or so not sure if Iwas doing the right things by homeschooling. Surely my kids could get a better education if they went to school.
I learned over time that my thoughts of doubt were not of God.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
I believe that there is an enemy of God who is very disturbed by families who choose to educate their children and teach them the Word of God. Satan will do all that he can to disrupt the lives of those who love the Lord. One way he does this is to bring doubts to our minds that we can homeschool our children. He works on the mom first. If he can’t get to mom then he works on the kids. If he can’t get to the kids, he goes after the dad.
I know that when I go to my God everyday, he gives me what I need to make it through my day. He gives me grace, mercy, patience, kindness, self-control…when I need it. He doesn’t give it to me the day before.
Remember the Israelites in the wilderness? How did God provide food for them? Manna! (Exodus 16) They were not to save up for the next day, but let him provide for them daily.
When we go to Him, seek His face and study His Word he gives us our daily dose of manna. And in all of his grace and mercy there have been times when he gave me what I needed even when I was not faithful to spend time with him. Just like he continued to provide manna for the Israelites when the complained, he provides me with manna when I am complaining & not faithful. But, I miss the blessing that he has for me through the day when I am complaining & I don’t see his manna as being from him. Rather, I just see it as an accomplishment on my part.
“Wow, look at that! I didn’t even yell when she spilled milk all over the carpet. I must getting real good at controling my temper.”
If I control my temper, it isn’t because I am just so good. It is because the Lord gave me my daily dose of self-control that day and I used it.
If my kids get a good education it isn’t because I am such a great teacher, but because the Lord worked through me in the lives of my children.
“You will seek me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”