So, how does this relate to being pre-
pared? Time management says that we
make time for what’s important. If God
and our spouse and the training of our
children are important, then instead of
going on autopilot to pick up that novel,
or click on that Facebook message, or
read that blog, we will spend time with
our Father, our spouse, and our children.
We will use that little bit of extra time to
plan our days, purchase that curriculum,
grade that paper, or plan that co-op. We
will use that time to pray for help with
that little person’s attitude (or our own)
or pray for our spouse. If we don’t have
any extra time at all, we will enjoy our
babies and meditate on His Word and
pray throughout our days while we are
working, and God will multiply our little
strength as we offer it to Him.
“So teach us to number our days, that
we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90: 12).
“Who is he who will devote himself
to be close to me? declares the LORD”
(Jeremiah 30: 21).
2. Unclear Direction
We cannot prepare well if we are double-minded and second-guess our decisions or
are unclear about our direction. If our decisions are based on God’s unchanging Word
and His direction in our lives, then we can
be secure in the fact that God will bless our
efforts. We can prepare for the future because we have faith in the God of the future.
Although I do not always feel secure in myself or my curriculum choices, or of what’s
ahead for our family, I am very confident in
God to complete the work He starts in me
and in each of my children.
Knowing God wants to do a work in
the heart of my children, I must also
always be on the lookout and prepare for
those times when He wants to work His
character into them. I need to be ready
to advise and instruct them in righteous-
ness. It’s my most important job! If I’m
too busy to stop for this, I am too busy.
Some days are just filled with fear. It’s hu-
man nature. But God’s nature can trump
fear. Be prepared to face days of doubt
with extreme faith in your loving God.
Prepare yourself in advance for those
days where you will feel weak or lack di-
rection by leaning on His strength and
reading His Word today.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him
ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not; and it
shall be given him. But let him ask in
faith, nothing wavering. For he that
wavereth is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind and tossed. For
let not that man think that he shall
receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his
ways” (James 1: 5-8).
3. Lacking Perseverance
Homeschooling sometimes feels like a
job with no end in sight. My youngest is
seven years old, so I still have a stretch of
time before me on this journey. But having graduated three, I must say, “I know
Whom I have believed and am persuaded
that He is able to keep that which I have
committed unto Him against that day”
( 2 Timothy 1: 12). The victory lies not
in knowing how or what to teach these
children, the victory lies in knowing
Who has made them and trusting Him to
direct their steps and mine for the long
haul. The question is not do we trust ourselves and our feelings, it is do we trust
God to provide everything we need for
life and godliness ( 2 Peter 1: 3).
Patience and perseverance—necessary
tools for this road of home education.
And they often come through trials of
many kinds. As teachers, we can’t give
up on our students when it gets difficult;
we need perseverance and hope. Guess
what? God rewards our perseverance
with both hope and good fruit.
“Tribulation worketh patience; And
patience, experience; and experience,
hope: And hope maketh not ashamed”
(Romans 5: 3, 4).
“Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience;
and to patience godliness. . . For if
these things be in you, and abound,
they make you that ye shall neither be
barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” ( 2 Peter
Feeling unqualified or unprepared? Feel
like a failure, or burned out? Should our
The victory lies not in
knowing how or what to
teach these children, the
victory lies in knowing
Who has made them and
trusting Him to direct
their steps and mine for
the long haul.