Creating a Wholehearted Homeschool filled with love and learning is a wonderful goal, but it doesn’t happen overnight, and it will not happen at all if your cup isn’t full. Mama, you will set the stage for your homeschool. You and you alone. The very success or failure of your homeschool will all fall on your shoulders, and if you’re not filled with joy, your homeschool will not be a happy place either.
You need something to lean on. You need something to tap into when you’re at the end of your rope, when the house is a mess, the kids are whining, and no one is wanting to do anything that even resembles school. Where will you go then? What will you do?
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For me, I have found my strength in Jesus Christ.
Faith is a very personal thing, I know, but I would be sending you out into the “lion’s den,” if I didn’t take the time to at least share the good news that has helped me personally. As mentioned on my intro page, my homeschool journey has been anything but easy.
Can I be honest with you about something?
Our son was injured by vaccines as a baby and a couple of years ago, severely regressed after a dose of antibiotics. Mama, these past two years have been some of the hardest for me as a mother and homeschooler. As a family, we dealt with severe OCD, ADD, extreme meltdowns, eye convergence issues, and a host of other behaviors that made homeschooling so very difficult. The days were beyond overwhelming, and I cannot even begin to imagine where I’d be without my faith. (You can read more about our journey with vaccine injury on my sister site.)
God pulled me through those tough days, and in many ways, I found that I was the actual student through those trials. I learned that in my weakness, He was made strong, and I learned what it means to truly abide in Him. God promises the fruits of the Holy Spirit when we walk in His ways: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Miraculously, I experienced each of those as I knelt at the foot of the cross and prayed for the strength to make it through each day.
God is SO good.
Thankfully, our son has been recovering, and our days have become more manageable, but it is still in Him that I find my strength . . . and my joy.
I pray that if you are unsure about your faith or if you find yourself questioning where you stand, you will seek God’s truth in His Word. The Gospel is such good news for us all, and those who seek Christ will surely find rest. (Matthew 11:28-30) May your burden be light, Mama, and may you grow in your faith through this journey.
Scheduling a “Quiet Time” each day for devotions, Bible reading, and prayer will greatly equip you in establishing your Wholehearted Homeschool. There is nothing more edifying and encouraging than the Word of God. I especially like this Bible version with a special section on each page for journaling, drawing, and note-taking.
Faith is where I also start on The Wholehearted Homeschooler, and it is the first category you will see listed at the top of my page. I pray you’ll find some encouragement here for those days that require a little boost. This is one of my favorites.
If you’d like to learn more about the Christian faith, I found The Quest for Truth to be really helpful.
I’ll be praying for you and your homeschool, New Friend. If there’s anything specific you would like prayer for, please send me an email and let me know. It is my hope that you will stand strong and fill your home with love and learning. Blessings to you and yours!
This post is a part of my 5-part series for Creating Your Own Wholehearted Homeschool. Click here to continue the series.