Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Call the Yellow Bus!

Oh how the enemy wants to show us all the reasons why we should not continue to homeschool.  He wants us to feel defeated.  He wants us to believe this is too hard, we can’t possibly do it.  He tries to show us how this child is causing too much trouble or that we are not qualified to get this child to understand what we are teaching them.  The enemy would love for us to simply send them off onto the big yellow bus.

If I am honest there have been many days where I thought about finding the right school for a child or all of them.   It would be easier on me if they were at school and I could be happy to see them when they all arrived home. Right?  Just writing it out makes my stomach churn!  Because no matter how many times I have thought it or gone to my husband begging him to let me stop…in my heart I know that I would never do it.

Why won’t I ever do it?

Because of days like yesterday when my hardest child not only got everything I was teaching, but excelled in everything we did all day long!   This child’s smile was worth every hard day!  All of my heart and God’s love being poured into this child is working!  God’s promises hold true and He is faithful.   This one moment gave me back hope that I personally have been losing a bit because our children are going through a season that is nearly bringing me down to my knees all day long.   I’ve almost lost the joy of being with them because of all the disciplining that is going on now – or should we say character building.   As I shared on our family blog today – the journey can be 11 days or 40 yrs.  It is completely up to us!

It should be NO surprise to me at all that the following devotion was in my mailbox today.   Friends we are in this together – let us truly encourage one another unto the goal of Christ Jesus and keep our eyes fixed on Him each day not the mess before us.  Let us stand strong in His truths, draw near to God and resist the enemy so that He will flee from us!  

Just like all of you I am human, my days can be very long and hard.   Like all of you I can do nothing good apart from God!  Without Him and His grace I’m completely unable to parent this many children and most certainly have nothing to give when I teach them.

Side note: Lexi has been gone since Monday morning and I had to get very creative with my school schedule this week – I’ll post later this week with the ideas that worked for the little ones so that I could focus on teaching our older children.

Originally posted by Alpha Omega Publishing August 25, 2010

“Well, I guess you’d better quit. Just call the school and have them send the little yellow bus to pick up your kids tomorrow,” I said sarcastically to my friend who was discouraged after a long week of homeschooling. These were certainly not the most encouraging words to say to a fellow homeschooler, but it was effective. Responding with a renewed commitment to homeschool, she sought the Lord’s guidance and changed her curriculum to better fit her daughters’ learning styles.

As homeschoolers, we’ve all been at the place of wanting to “throw in the towel.” Satan provides numerous temptations and reasons for us to quit homeschooling our children. However, God’s Word says, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). We need to be steadfast and not give up when our children complain, other people slander, and daily chores become too much. Looking back takes our eyes off the One who can lead us through a difficult time, and we simply need to ask God to make a way through the problems: “For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).

My friend still remembers that turning point in her homeschooling. Hopefully, you’ll be gentler than me as you encourage other homeschoolers. There is a promise waiting to be received for instructing our children at home—godly children and godly parents! “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35-36).

Jesus, my strength to homeschool is in You alone. Only Your wisdom can help me teach Your children what they need to learn. Provide the encouragement I need today and help me hold fast to the promises You give in Your Word. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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2 comments:

  1. What perfect timing that devotional was for you today!!

    Go God!

    I'm praying for you...as always!

    Love,
    Christie

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  2. I don't know if you will see this comment or not since it is a couple days after you posted it. As I read I was thinking "Has she been in my house?" So many things that you said, I have felt this summer. Our new school year will start this coming Monday. I'm looking forward to seeing how God is going to be working, because I already know that I cannot do it in my own strength!

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