Are you homeschooling this year? Perhaps you’re new to this adventure, or you’re looking for some homeschooling advice for another year. I’m so glad you’re here today! Today’s post is a guest post by homeschooling veteran, Jodie Wolfe.
Let’s face it. Homeschooling can be tough! I’ve been thinking a lot about homechooling even though it’s been over eight years since we finished, and I became a retired home educator. After my 16+ years of homeschooling our two sons, I find myself fondly remembering all those hours I poured into our children.
You may be wondering what homeschooling advice I would give you. Here are a few things I came up with.
Homeschooling Advice and Encouragement
1. Do Your Best
My husband’s favorite Bible verse, Colossians 3:12 (HCSB) addresses this:
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.
For me, homeschooling was something God called me to do. It was a ministry to my children, and I don’t regret that time. Don’t get me wrong. There were many times I questioned whether I wanted to continue or wondered if I was making a difference. I had to remind myself often that God called me to do the best I could.
2. Trust God with the Results
Sometimes as a homeschooling mom, it’s easy to compare our children with others. Maybe Johnny is eight, and he’s still struggling to learn to read. Your friend’s child or another sibling has been reading since they were three, so what are you doing wrong? Perhaps you need to change to a different curriculum or method. What if…? The list of questions could go on and on. I’m here to tell you to relax. 🙂
Don’t stress over what happens if your child falls behind for a short time. In most cases, they’ll excel when they’re ready. Trust God to take care of the results. Ask Him to work in the life of your child, not just in their schooling.
Keep in mind this verse from Philippians 1:6 (HCSB)
I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Aren’t you thankful we can trust God to be working in our lives, and the lives of our children even when we can’t yet see results?
3. Take Time for You
I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Elijah and what happened right after God showed up and defeated the Baal prophets at Mount Carmel. Do you remember the story? You can read more about it in 1 Kings 18. It’s a wonderful example of how God’s presence descended in an unexpected way. You’d think Elijah would’ve been pumped after this.
But instead, he allowed a threat from Jezebel to send him off, running for his life. He ran into the wilderness and pretty much said, “Kill me now, Lord.” An angel came and ministered to him before he walked for forty days to reach the mountain of God. He went into a cave and the Lord asked him why he was there.
Elijah replied that he was the only one left who hadn’t abandoned God’s covenant. The Lord commanded Elijah to go out and stand in His presence. A mighty wind tore at the mountain and then an earthquake and a fire. And finally a soft whisper.
Just like Elijah, you need time away – time to recharge your battery, to dig in deep, closer to the Lord so you can hear His still, small voice ministering to you.
Try to find time that helps re-energize you so you’re able to give to your family without getting grumpy in the process. Most importantly, take time in your Heavenly Father’s presence. Only He can truly recharge us in a way nothing else can.
You can do this, Mom! Praying you have a great homeschooling year.
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and COMPEL Training. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.
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