Get your hands off that computer!
6. Okay. Now start asking yourself
questions. Learn the fine art of talking to
yourself (and bringing God into the discussion as appropriate).
First, start with a spiritual checkup:
Have you been rooted in God lately?
Many of you are gardeners or wanna-be
country folks. You need to be rooted in
good soil, watered and fed daily. Have
you been too busy to spend a little time
every day with God?
Are you familiar with spiritual warfare? Do you have your armor on? (Read
Ephesians 6: 10–17.) In two weeks I’m
giving my talk titled “Homeschooling
Moms: Soldiers in a Spiritual War.” Of
course the enemy is after me right now!
If he can get me spiritually burned out,
physically exhausted, and depressed, I
won’t be able to do a good job! He loves
to attack homeschooling moms with
his favorite tools: depression, exhaustion, and feelings of incompetence and
unworthiness. Brush that little devil off
your shoulder and tell him where to go.
Second, give yourself a physical checkup. Are you taking care of yourself? Are
you drinking enough water? Are you
getting enough sleep? Eating good, real
food? Are you avoiding anything that
you should be avoiding, like maybe chocolate (gasp!), caffeine, dairy, or wheat?
Not all of us have the same bad reactions
to some of these things. You know your
own body; take care of it!
How about physical exercise? Having several children is no excuse for not
taking care of your own body. Start out
each day with flexibility exercises and
get some aerobic exercise at least a few
times a week. This is one area where you
can take the children along, so you really
don’t have any excuse. If you are seriously out of shape, remove most of your
clothing, stand in front of a mirror, and
repeat these words: “Thank you, God, for
my magnificent body that you created.
I love the way I look right this minute!
However, I need your help. Let’s get it in
a little better shape together.” Repeat at
least twice a day until you mean it!
What about your own needs in other
areas? Do you have any friends? Are
you desperate for adult conversation?
Are you putting off your own desires in
order to “be a good mother”? That’s not
being a good mother! You can’t take care
of everybody else if you don’t start from
a position of strength. Have you always
wanted to learn to play piano? Do it, even
if you have to have two toddlers on your
lap while you are practicing. Have you
always wanted to get a college degree? I
got my Ph.D. one class at a time while I
was homeschooling. You are allowed to
set goals for yourself as well as your kids,
and if they are goals that fit in with God’s
overall plan for your life, He will help you
reach them, one tiny step at a time.
Mary Hood, Ph.D., and her husband,
Roy, homeschooled their five children
since the early 1980s. All have successfully made the transition to adulthood.
Mary has a Ph.D. in education and is
the director of ARCHERS for the Lord,
Inc. (The Association of Relaxed Christian Home Educators). She is the author
of The Relaxed Home School, The Joyful Home Schooler, and other books,
and is available for speaking engagements. Contact her via her website, www
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