The Secret to Homeschooling Birth to Graduation

Mondays are for Homeschooling

It was a breeze.  Homeschooling, I mean.  Every day a delight, never a problem, never a challenge.  Immediate obedience, spotless home, heavenly moments on earth.  Then I put the book down and got pregnant.   🙂

Having children changed my outsides (in more ways than one), but inside I have carried the breeze of homeschooling throughout both pregnancies and so far through one graduation.

The tricky part has always been that my outsides have never quite matched my insides, but I hear that’s pretty common:

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.  Romans 7:15

If we could just somehow squeeze our inside world onto our outside world like toothpaste from a tube, can you imagine the minty scent we would leave wherever we go?  Well, on good days, at God moments, anyway.

I have loved homeschooling for one several reasons, the first being:  I love my kids.  But my love for them wasn’t enough to get through diapers to diplomas.

The secret to homeschooling success is really summed up in a hymn we sang at church yesterday.  I thought about recording me singing it, my heart swarming with honeyed love for my Savior, but let’s just say, there are many gifts in one body, so here’s Enfield Hymn Sessions:

 

It is truly the deep, deep love of Jesus that gets me out of bed (much later in the summertime, admittedly) and keeps me.  Keeps me what?  Just that.  Keeps me.  And in keeping me, He gives the grace to keep on educating my children.  Many years down, one to go.

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death [which keeps telling me I should quit homeschooling because I’m not perfect]?  I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!  Romans 7:24-25

Have you ever felt like quitting the homeschooling journey?  What kept you going?  Please share in the comments below to encourage others along the way.

Underneath you, all around you – and your children! – is the current of His love, leading onward, leading homeward, to His glorious rest above.

Let Him love you through this moment, this day … even when your outsides aren’t matching your insides and your toothpaste is all squished down at the bottom of the tube far from an easy squeeze to the brush.  Especially then.  Let Him love you through.

Suzanne

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Comments

  1. I never thought I would homeschool. In September 3 years ago I teased my homeschooling friends about how insane I thought they were and expressed how excited I was to be sending my kids off to school. Three weeks later I received a hint to homeschool. Then another hint and another. Everywhere I looked I was being nudged to pull my kids from public school and continue their education at home. My dad just retired from teaching in our school district. My mom still works for our school district. I am a cerified teacher and taught for 6 years in our school district. It was the weirdest feeling to be called out of all that.
    When I mentioned it to my hubby and he actually thought it might be a good idea, I knew then that we would do it. That week in church our pastor was teaching about the benefits of homeschooling. I remember sitting there in the pew with tears streaming down my cheeks. I whispered, “I already said I was gonna!” God made it so abundantly clear that this was what we were supposed to do that I have never doubted since. Now when I have those moments of wishing a big yellow school bus would pull up in front of the house and honk…. I remember how we got started and whose idea it was in the first place.

    • What a beautiful beginning – God! And He’ll be the ending, and the middle. “He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 Thank you for sharing His work in your heart and lives. 🙂 Enjoy the journey!