Monday, June 14, 2010

Reaping the Reward

OK, I don’t know about you but there have been days and if I am totally honest WEEKS where I wanted to stop homeschooling immediately and put several of them in school.  I could not see the fruit of my time invested in teaching them at all.  I felt totally frustrated with their lack of progress and inability to get simple concepts that we worked on for half the year.  Oh how I wanted to shout from the roof top -

“HELLO anyone listening?  Should I teach all of you in a new language?  If so, which one will work?” 

Now we all know that would have had disastrous results and only caused our children to feel bad.  Not the goal at all.  So I would take “time off” and give them worksheets or workbooks to do until I could stand before them with a right heart willing to teach it over and over again until I saw the light bulbs go off in their eyes.

What God has taught me this year through the many battles of homeschooling so many and with a myriad of issues and learning styles – is that the reward will come in time.  That the benefit of homeschooling is not for today – but for building strong warriors for His kingdom – arrows that will NOT miss their mark.  That kind of training and teaching takes time.  Time we must invest in them and do it with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control – all fruit of the Spirit.

Be encouraged as you walk this journey that God’s word does NOT return void.  That His promises are TRUE!  That He is right here with each of us and we can lean on Him to get us through every single day empowered by His Son and Spirit to do His will, all for His glory!

Once again God delivered to me exactly the encouragement I needed:

Reaping the Reward

"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD" (Psalm 27:14).

Homeschooling doesn't always produce immediate rewards. Sometimes, many years go by before the fruitfulness of your faithfulness is revealed. Hours will be spent in loving and patient academic instruction of your children, as well as hours in training in righteousness before the benefits of homeschooling are seen. Personal spiritual battles will be fought against doubt, fear, and discouragement when they cause you to think, "This homeschool thing is just a waste of time." Most of all, God's promises will also need to be claimed, as you base your homeschooling on the truth of the Bible. Like all worthwhile endeavors, homeschooling will yield its fruit in due season, if you are willing to wait on God's timetable instead of your own.

Certainly, the life of Joseph in the Old Testament is one example we can set before us when homeschooling seems to be in its darkest hours. Although this young man started out as his father's favorite, his life quickly changed when jealousy got the best of his brothers. They threw Joseph into a pit and sold him as a slave. While in Egypt, Joseph continued to patiently live his life according to God's Word, even though he had to face false accusations and loneliness. However, many years later, Joseph finally experienced the rewards for maintaining a the right heart and attitude toward God and his brothers.

If you are in your first few years of homeschooling, don't despair and give up. Even though the bumps and bruises seem like too much, you will see the benefits of godly children who actually enjoy learning. In addition, your personal walk with the Lord will be rooted and strengthened, as you learn to trust in God's abilities and not your own. Homeschooling works! Just keep trusting in God's Word when He says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9).

Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing me with the task of teaching my children. Although some days seem difficult, I choose this day to keep my eyes on You. Please, encourage me today and help me remain faithful, until I see the homeschooling blessings You have promised. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Jill. :)

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  2. All I can say.. is thank you... it is just what I needed to read. In fact I have just printed it out and stuck it up on my wall.

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  3. How encouraging that I'm not the only one with bad days. As you know, we're in our beginning stage of home educating and there are day, oh, there are days. But, God IS Good, Homeschooling DOES work and we WILL see the fruits of our labor!

    Thanks for this today!

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