Welcome to our Joyful Homeschooling mini series!
I hope you’ll be inspired and encouraged by the posts this week, and throughout the month of May.
My husband and I (Monica) are so thankful for the privilege to teach our six children in the way we feel God has led us. Homeschooling is a conviction for our family; a calling. And I am passionate about it!
Whether you homeschool out of conviction, necessity, or for other reasons, I’m sure we can agree on one thing:
Homeschooling can be hard. It can be hectic, and it can be joy-stripping.
Yes, it can.
Yet, I am crazy enough to believe that if God calls you for a work, whether it’s homeschooling, pastoring, or children’s ministry, He will equip you.
This does not, however, mean there won’t be those days, those challenges, those times of learning.
And I don’t mean the kids!
I am also crazy enough to believe that we mamas can both successfully and joyfully homeschool.
This week, I want to share my heart with you regarding homeschooling with joy.
Is it even possible to homeschool with joy? you may ask. Yes, it is.
But, before we address any other issues, let’s get to the fundamental source of our joy…
Time with God
Ladies, putting God first is crucial to having joy in both your heart and your homeschool every day.
Do not skip this step.
Our daily step of crucifying our wants and desires to His cross is so vital in having joy. In giving Christ our time and focus throughout the day, we let Him know that we are dependent upon Him, ultimately, for our joy.
A few practical ways to do this:
- Read your Bible and meditate on a few verses. Write them on a slip of paper and put into your pocket to read in times of crisis!
Just this morning, I read Psalm 101:2:
I will behave myself wisely in a perfect house…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I immediately snatched up that verse to hide in my heart and to pray over.
- Don’t skip or scrimp your prayer time. I could write post after post on prayer and the importance of Mamas praying. Daily. Fervently.
Pray for a passion for homeschooling.
Pray that it will become your conviction.
We are apt to do things with joy if we have a passion for those things!
- Do your best to get up before your children to commune with God. Start your day in a beautiful, quiet place with the Lord.
Brew a cup or coffee or tea. Listen to beautiful music while you pray or read the Bible.
Time with God isn’t about rules and regulations, or checking a “duty” off your “to do” list for the day.
It’s about nourishing your soul and your relationship with Jesus Christ. Do it on a regular basis!
Prayer and time in God’s Word is such an important aspect of cultivating a joyful heart.
The joy of the Lord is our strength!
Do you notice a difference in your day with you don’t take time out to spend with God?
How does that affect your day? Your homeschooling?
Monica is passionate about honoring God, her husband, homeschooling, homemaking, homesteading, helping other women, & healthy living. She and her husband have six children, ages 12 years to 22 months, and live on a small farm in the good ole South. They enjoy singing together as a family and using their talents as a ministry. She and her husband enjoy teaching music lessons on the side. She can be found blogging (very sporadically) at www.simplefarmmama.wordpress.com.