ME? Homeschool? – God’s Faithfulness
At the end of our first year of homeschooling, there were people who sensed we were not in it for the long haul. The feeling was that we were short-timers, that we weren’t going to make it. Someone suggested that we attend the North Carolina state homeschool conference and told us they would watch our kids and pay our way. A paid weekend away with my husband? Now this may shed a little light on my legalistic background, which I have since been liberated from. (Thank you, Jesus!) We went and registered for just one workshop so that we could honestly say we had attended the convention. Isn’t that pathetic? I wonder how many are here today because they feel they have to be here and not because they want to. I hope that’s not you, but that was certainly me!
But God is so good. The workshop we went to was presented by a man named Chris Davis, and he totally inspired both of us. I remember weeping in that workshop because I got what he was saying. Things like, “Are you just going to fill a bucket, or are you going to light a fire? Are you just going to raise another cog in a wheel, or are you going to raise someone that’s going to change the world?” We left that workshop excited and on fire. We drove back to Charlotte discussing all that we could do as homeschoolers, our minds exploding with possibilities.
I’m speaking this week on the how, when, who, what, why, and where to homeschool. But I want to tell you right now that homeschooling is not what you can do, but what God will do if the “you” will step out of the way. God’s faithful preparation, God’s faithful provision, and God’s faithful prompting made home education not only doable for my family but the best possible choice for educating our children.
God’s faithful preparation for me had happened in Akron, that strange and foreign land. We moved there because my father-in-law was terminally ill, and I wanted my kids to have some knowledge of their grandfather. We didn’t go there to learn about homeschooling. You may find that as you look back on the path that has brought you to this place today—this decision in your life—just how faithful God has been to you in your preparation. God gave me those women on that street who I just thought were cool because they stayed home and liked to garden. I learned more about gardening from those women than from anybody else. Indeed, I thought that’s why I was there. But in retrospect I was there to learn to embrace my role as a wife, a mother, and a daughter of the King. I bet that as you retrace your steps you will find that God has been faithful in preparing you.
Remember the house we bought because it was located in the best school district in Charlotte? There was a space over the garage that we had intended to build into an office for my husband. As it turned out, this space made a wonderful schoolroom! We thought we were moving into the perfect school district, but God already had faithfully provided the perfect place to put our school. You are going to find that God has provided for you, too, as you look back on this time one day.
Finally, there’s God’s faithful prompting. We must be open to what God is telling us—not just about homeschooling, but about countless other things. Before moving ahead, you need to know something: Homeschooling is not the answer. I don’t know what questions you have, but homeschooling is not the answer. Jesus is the answer. If you’re trying to address whatever is coming between you and your husband or you and your kids, and you think homeschooling is the answer, you are looking in the wrong place.
Homeschooling is all about introducing your kids to the Lord of the universe—the King of kings who loved them (and you) so much that He died on a cross to pay their debt. That’s what it’s about. I’ve met people who say they’ve tried homeschooling and it didn’t work, and I want to ask them, “Have you tried Jesus? He won’t let you down!” If you are trying to fill a void in your home or your heart and you think homeschooling is the answer, you will be disappointed. Unless Jesus is at the center of what you are looking to achieve, it’s not going to happen.
I challenge you to take some time this weekend to trace God’s faithful preparation in your life. Why are you here today? What circumstance brought you to this point? Perhaps it was the leading of the Holy Spirit—His faithful provision and prompting in your life. I want you to explore this further so that you can give praise and glory where it’s due.
I thought the yellow school bus was going to be my salvation. I thought it was going give me time away from Charles and allow me some personal space and freedom. In my workshop entitled “How to Have a HEART for Your Children,” I explore this issue of my relationship with Charles and what God has done to bind our hearts together and, subsequently, the rest of my children. I believe as mothers we have given our hearts over to a culture that says, “It’s all about you!” In the meantime, our children suffer. We’ve raised a generation whose mother’s hearts have not been with them. I want to invite you today to consider what you think is the answer to your woes. If you think it’s a big yellow school bus, you are mistaken.
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