You Are in Good Company
You are in good company: there are heroes of the faith that went through many
trials (Hebrews 11). In the New Testament Paul faced hardship (Acts 14).
He was stoned and left for dead. He didn’t
stay down but got up and kept going. And
because he didn’t give up, many were
converted (v. 23) and they continued to
preach the gospel and make disciples.
They strengthened them, encouraging
them to continue in the faith, and saying
that through many tribulations we must
enter the kingdom of God (v. 23).
In the Old Testament, Joseph went
through trials of many kinds: complete
rejection and isolation from family, false
accusations, and imprisonment. His response? “You meant it for evil; but God
meant it for good” (Genesis 50: 20).
In Matthew 11, John the Baptist, who
lived to serve God, suffered hardship and
died in prison—while Jesus was there!
And Jesus said, “Blessed are those who
do not fall away on account of me.” Just
because things aren’t changing for you,
don’t fall away from Jesus!
All these men trusted God even though
they didn’t know the outcome of their trials!
The Key: Worship!
There is hope in the midst of the hard
things if we are fully armed and hidden
in Christ. There is help and healing as we
worship our all-knowing God. We can
homeschool through hardship by home-
schooling through worship! We worship
Him for His redemption, for His faith-
fulness, for Who He is, and for His will
in our life. You can sing through your
hardship, “YOU are worthy of it all. For
from you are all things and to you are all
things. You deserve the glory!”
What Do You Have Strength For?
Is it hard to continue in obedience to the
call of homeschooling when you are in a
difficult trial? Most definitely. Do what
you can do each day. Whatever you have
strength for, do only that and no more.
Ask God what is important for that day.
Don’t look at yesterday and don’t look at
tomorrow. Do what is right for you and
your children this day. (See the sidebar
on what your children will learn through
these hardships and how you can continue teaching.)
This small weight of suffering isn’t even
worthy to be compared to what awaits us.
Those who overcome will be rewarded
and receive the crown of life.
For which cause we faint not; but
though our outward man perish, yet
the inward man is renewed day by
day. For our light affliction, which is
but for a moment, worketh for us a far
more exceeding and eternal weight of
glory; While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are eternal
( 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18).
Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor for
TOS, participating author in The Homeschool Minute, wife to Richard, and mom
to eight gifts from heaven. She loves digging
for buried treasure in the Word, reading,
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More from back issues
of The Old Schoolhouse
When Crisis Hits Your Homeschool:
God is Faithful to Bring You Through
by Cathy Diez-Luckie
Homeschooling Through the Storms
by Flossie Cusick
A Journey Through the Desert by
Facing Affliction with the Faith of a
Mustard Seed by Andrea Newitt
What Your Children Will Learn
and How You Can Teach Them
So, how do we continue through the
hard times? Sometimes the difficulty
warrants us taking a break, sometimes
it means going to the bare basics (life
will return to normal and the things
that are missing will be filled in eventually), sometimes it asks us to leave
what little comfort we have and help
others. The kids are learning mercy
and kindness. They are learning what
is truly important in life. They are
learning that life isn’t always a safe,
perfect environment. It can get messy,
but who will they learn to turn to in
their own times of trouble? Let’s show
What Your Children Will Learn
• Your kids will be learning character
How You Can Teach Them
that they won’t learn in academ-
ics: patience, compassion, joyful
• They will learn Who to turn to and
will learn how to respond in their
own crises in life
• Real life learning
• Caretaking of others
• Supervision of younger siblings
• Cooking, teaching others
• Independent learning
• Focus on Scripture memory and
prayer; use Scripture for copywork
• Worship together through music
• Use Online Learning: Apps, online
.com, audio CDs and DVDs
• Make “To-Go Packs”: put those
learning supplies you don’t nor-
mally have time for during the year
in a backpack that is just for hard
times, or times of travel. Make it
portable. Make sure that whatever
goes in these simple packs is sepa-
rate from their regular curriculum.
Keep mind benders, good reading
books, activity books, and paper
and pencils in the pack. These help
when you don’t have time for your
normal routine because of the crisis.
You just grab and go.
• If you are sick, write up a plan that
the kids can check off themselves
• Be flexible and learning can happen
in any environment
• Study character
• Read good literature together
• Writing: have kids write what they
are learning through this period of
• Keep it simple