In all the overwhelming information available to homeschool mothers, we can quickly loose sight of the reason we teach our children at home in the first place. How easily do we fall in the trap of stressing over which curriculum is best, will get them the highest scores and best employment opportunities…not to mention the fear of not giving them enough to compete in the world or even not being enough ourselves.
This week as I studied God’s word and prayed, God reminded me to stay strong and courages when not following the majority and most of all to trust in His direction for our families’ life. He has a different purpose for each of us and we have to allow the time with God to hear Him. In a constantly moving world, we have the tendency to conform to the busyness around us. Before we know it, we start homeschooling our children on the road running from one activity to another. While those activities are all beneficial, they are not necessary.
The foremost reason Steve and I decided to homeschool was to build a relationship with our children that would enable them to grow into godly adults that make God’s kingdom priority. Growing into responsible citizens involves so much more than academics. Being able to have the freedom to educate our children in every aspect of life with minimal government control is a gift we can easily take for granted. The purpose of school is not to pass a test or receive a score, it is to create young adults that develop a love for life-long learning as well as independent and critical thinking. We want to raise a generation that does not follow the majority but rather builds God’s kingdom by bringing those around them to the truth. There are many other reasons that support homeschooling to include excellent education, accommodation of individual learning styles, ability to develop child specific gifts, but it always comes back to the most important aspect…giving our children everything we can for them to develop their own faith, to love God, and to devote their entire life to Him.
In the United States we have a privilege that others may never have. While not everyone has the opportunity to stay home and homeschool, due to many reasons, I would love to pray we would be able to make time for the Lord, our husbands and children, to be flooded with peace and joy in this upcoming season.
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