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You may feel unqualified to “teach” your children, but somehow that becomes the smallest of obstacles while homeschooling. There’s more to it than meets the eye and you soon find out that homeschooling isn’t easy, but it’s worth it!
As a homeschool mom, often, you don’t feel capable of teaching your children in terms of their education. But as you go on, you find out that it’s the lesser of what homeschool is about.
Unqualified and Yet Called
The reason to homeschool falls more-so in knowing that the Lord has called you to it, whether it’s for reasons known (related to character, mental and emotional development or education in your children) or maybe it’s the unknown.
Mine was the latter.
I never felt like I would make a great teacher, or even enjoy it. So to have the Lord call me to homeschool felt beyond what I could do mentally, emotionally and physically.
And I didn’t know the specific reasons for why He was calling our family to homeschool, except that He was. So at the core of it, this becomes my foundation for WHY I’m homeschooling and it’s my biggest cheerleader.
We can be sure of this – that what the Lord calls us to do, He equips us to do.We can be sure of this - that what the Lord calls us to do, He equips us to do.
The question I often get asked is: “Is homeschooling hard?”
And when this question comes up, the answer could be surprising and different than anticipated.
And why is that?
The Homeschooling Misconception
Most people think homeschooling is hard because they think that they have to know the material being taught. What they often don’t know is that you don’t need to know it… there’s answer keys!
Although knowing the material could seem like the biggest obstacle (and a reason to not homeschool), it’s actually the smallest of challenges COMPARED to the character you deal with in both yourself and your children. THIS is where homeschooling isn’t easy, but worth it!
Surrendering Your Homeschool To The Lord
Homeschooling is worth surrendering to the power of the Holy Spirit where He can work the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) in us that only He can do.
When we’re faced with the choice of reacting by the flesh or responding by the Spirit to one another, homeschool suddenly becomes about way more than the material being taught or whether you have an answer key.
Relying on Holy Spirit and inviting Him to be a part of every sphere (including homeschool) becomes of utmost importance. Because let’s be honest…
Homeschooling is hard and we…
- lose it. We get upset and angry at our children for fooling around when they should be attentive to their work. Then we yell. And then we’re upset at ourselves.
- get tired. Tired of doing many things and feeling like it’s still falling apart. It feels like a balancing act that can never be achieved.
- feel done. Going back-and-forth with the arguing and the tears at times doesn’t feel like we have the strength to carry on.
You can go from one moment in your homeschool of feeling happy and proud about where things are at. And the next moment it’s chaos and tears.
In all of this, why would God ask us to do something that we are capable of doing on our own strength and ability?
When the Holy Spirit leads you to homeschool, it’s because He’s asking you to do something you CAN’T do on your own strength. He wants you to fully rely and yield to Him concerning you, your children, and family as a whole.
Homeschooling is worth the…
- inner fight to keep going. When your children have the sudden “AHA” moment and they understand something they’ve learned, it’s so rewarding!
- benefits. You can homeschool on your own terms with a schedule, routine or rhythm that works for your family.
- character development. We have the ability to instill Godly character traits in our kids while having them learn. We can help them see their potential by speaking life; what a privilege!
How to encourage yourself
We tend to pray and run to the Word of God as our lifeline when things are more difficult. But, we must remember that God wants an intimate relationship with us, and He wants us to run to Him not only when times are tough, but when it’s good, too.
I would encourage you to digest the Word of God daily as your portion; to feed on it, speak it and declare it over your family and homeschool. The enemy is always looking for a route to come into our lives and often times it’s when we’re at our most vulnerable.
Allow transformation to come in your homeschool by conforming your thoughts and ways for God’s. You can do this by renewing your mind and bringing every thought into captivity by allowing the Word of God to wash and cleanse you.
I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share an experience in your homeschool that seemed hopeless or where you felt helpless, but God brought you through. Homeschooling isn’t easy, but it’s worth it, so let’s encourage each other!
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Melanie is a homeschool mom to 2, living in Alberta, Canada. She is passionate about encouraging homeschool moms who are just like her – unqualified to homeschool, yet called by God to do it. Melanie loves coffee, worship music, and the mountains. You can find resources, printables and more from Melanie at Wildly Anchored, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.