As I was doing some lesson-planning the other day, I was reminded once more of why we homeschool.
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I have seen many reasons from many people over many years for why they homeschool or why they don’t.
God made it very simple for us when we were presented with the choice of whether to start homeschooling. We had been praying over raising our children in the ways of the Lord, training them up according to His word and living a Christ-centered life in every aspect of our days.
And so this question came to us, “Then why do you want to send your children into a place, all day long, five days a week, where I am not allowed?”
In that light, there was no longer a choice. There was no longer a whether we should homeschool. There was only how we were going to homeschool and when we should start! And those quickly fell into place.
Sidenote: The option of Christian schooling did, of course, come up as well…For our family, as the Lord was leading us to live increasingly-simply, it just didn’t make sense to add an expense for something that the Lord was teaching us that we could do ourselves.
One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the very practical way in which it teaches me about God.
First, it teaches me that every single area of study ~ English, Math, Science, Art, everything ~ is a way to learn more about God.
Because God created all things, all learning can always be a road to Him, if only we desire it to be. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! Prov. 9:10Tweet
If I approach all learning with the desire to glorify God, I find it leads to beautiful outcomes. My kids and I learn to enjoy all areas of study instead of liking certain subjects and disliking others. We literally learn more because God guides us into understanding and revelation that we would never have noticed if we were just trying to complete material to meet an objective. And best of all, this constantly-God-centered approach naturally causes us to think of God more often. Anything that makes us think of God more often is the most valuable training of all!
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.(1 Timothy 4:8, KJV)
Second, it teaches me that whenever God gives us a work to do, He will equip us to complete it right down to the tiniest detail. I don’t have to have a master’s degree in every subject in order to teach my kids. I don’t have to be a certain kind of person in order to create lesson plans and organize schedules. I don’t have to have the entire future mapped out before I start.
I only have to desire to obey God’s leading in the way that glorifies Him the most, and He will guide and direct my daily steps ever-more-gracefully the more that I trust Him!
Every time I sit down to make plans for an upcoming term, I am amazed again at the way God guides my path, often in unexpected directions, always just-in-time for the next steps that we will be taking.
Every time I sit down to make plans, I am a little bit less trying-to-make-sure-I’m-covering-all-the-things and a little bit more humbly-remembering-that-God-is-covering-all-the-things.
He will show me what to do when He is ready for me to do it. His way will always be the best way. And He will faithfully redeem the inevitable shortcomings of my best efforts as long as I keep faithfully seeking to glorify Him above all!
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.(Proverbs 22:6, KJV)
We find an incredible peace in homeschooling. It’s the same peace that we find in homesteading, in working with our hands, in finding God’s fingerprints in nature ~ the peace that comes simply from doing whatever we do with each day of our lives in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by Him!
And whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.(Colossians 3:17, KJV)
If you have any questions on how to get started prayerfully building a Christ-centered homeschool, I would be happy to share my own experiences with the Lord with you! Comment below, or message us.
by Sydney Michalski