Embracing the “Want to” | excerpt from Homeschooling Day by Day, chapter 8
I’ll never forget the day a mother told me, “I wish I wanted to homeschool. But I just need that alone time while my boys are away at school!”
Ladies, let me give you a little newsflash:
Some days (okay, MANY days), I don’t “want” to homeschool my kids.
Many days I want to soak in the tub, go shopping with my sister, or just enjoy a little peace and quiet!
Even finding time for housework can seem like a luxury when you’re lost under piles of laundry, clutter, and schoolbooks.
Who says homeschooling moms don’t wake up tired and grumpy on occasion?
Never get sick or have sick little ones?
Don’t crave adult conversation or relish a hot shower without interruptions, or wouldn’t like to spend one day without peeling hardened pasta off the kitchen floor with a spatula?
Simply put, in order to thrive as a homeschool mother, you’re going to have to embrace the “want to.”
How well I remember the day I blubbered to my husband, “I AM NOT CUT OUT TO BE A HOMESCHOOL MOM! I just can’t do it!”
At that point in my life, I would probably have gladly loaded my children onto the first big, yellow bus that rolled by.
A few years later, I find myself anticipating each new school year and, for the most, honestly enjoying being a homeschool mom.
Ironically, not a whole lot is changed in my life… Except my perspective.
I wake up to the same challenges every day.
I am still the high-strung, impatient, inconsistent, disorganized woman I was a few years ago.
My children are basically the same, just a little older (and a few more in number!)
Today, I’m convinced that I am equipped to rise above the struggles of my flesh and walk in grace with my children.
We have a fancy word in Christendom: it’s called sanctification, and it simply means “to set apart.”
Do you see the beautiful application here, my friend?
You can choose to “set apart” this season of your life to invest in your children’s training and education.
You can choose to “set apart” your day, your time, to devote yourself to mentoring those young lives entrusted into your care.
Embracing homeschooling in this way is a daily choice.
It is not a “gift” that some receive and others do not.
It is not a gene you are born with or born without.
Homeschooling is a gift you give to your children, to yourself and, ultimately, to God.
It is a calling, a challenge, and a choice.
This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God.
Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way.
In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”
GETTING TO THE HEART OF IT ALL
- Is homeschooling your children something you feel you “have” to do?
- What would happen if you woke up tomorrow and thanked God, out loud, for letting you be a homeschool mom?
- Scripture reading: II Timothy 2:24
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient…”
II Timothy 2:24
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Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.