If you follow me on social media, you know me personally, or you have read my blog in the past, it is pretty obvious that I homeschool my children and that I LOVE it. I mean, I feel like I was made for it. But, I have to be honest with you. I did not always feel “made for it.”
You know what? I didn’t even want to do it.
We just started our 3rd year homeschooling 2 weeks ago, and THIS year is the FIRST year I LOVE it. Yep…That is the truth. The first year I did it because I felt like God was calling me to it. I had my Plan B all ready to bring out of my back pocket. I was fully prepared to show God my plan after I tried “His way” and could prove to Him that homeschooling just wasn’t for me. I felt like I gave it all I had (which wasn’t a whole lot, because I was pregnant and then had a newborn), but…
just seeing the school bus go by our house in the morning was enough to make me cry sometimes.
The second year I jumped both feet into a new homeschool community and decided to actually become a tutor for Classical Conversations in the 4-5 year old classroom. I was hesitant to commit to tutoring, because I knew it would make my homeschool plan a little more solidified. I prayed. I prayed more. I felt God’s gentle nudge to keep going forward, so I did.
Suddenly, my new-found discipline married lots of fun, and my heart began to come alive. My kids came alive. Our relationships grew stronger, and I could see significant progress in their learning. By the end of the year, I could boldly admit to homeschooling to the clerk at the grocery store with a confident smile on my face. That was a pretty big deal for me.
Now, we are 2 weeks into our 3rd year at home, and I decided to make an official “Harris Home Academy” sign to put over my white board. This was my way of finally throwing that Plan B in the trash can. Will I homeschool my kids through high school? I don’t know. But, my “YES” is different now than it was 3 years ago. It is no longer about obedience, but it is pure JOY.
There are times in all of our lives when God calls us to something, yet He does not explain the why, when, or what. Nevertheless, we take the first step in obedience to Him. It might not be fun at first. It might not be what we would have chosen, but He is gracious enough to meet us in our obedience and lavish us with JOY and SUPERNATURAL HELP. Click To Tweet
Whether you are planning to homeschool your children or God has called you to something else that you have not quite wrapped your head around, I challenge you to remember that God’s wisdom is FAR superior to ours. I had NO IDEA that homeschooling would make my heart come alive. I thought I was just doing what I felt was best for my kids. BUT GOD, met me and blessed me. He has blown His winds of refreshing over me, helped me, and blessed me beyond my imagination through the gift of homeschooling my children.
God is good. He calls us all to different things. No matter what He calls us to, HIS joy is available. His Holy Spirit is our Helper. Lean in to Him, and I PROMISE you will discover mysteries and gems underneath your feet. Click To Tweet
Be Blessed today Sweet friends in ALL God has called you to put your hands to.
If you are a homeschooling parent (especially if you are NEW to it), stop by the blog again in the next few days. I will be posting “A Day in the Life of a Homeschooling Mom” to give you an eye into our day, let you see how I organize our schedule, and tell you how I finish school by NOON!”
I love my honest conversations with my kids. My two big kids are 9 and…07 September 2016