By Deborah Wuehler,
“Master, we have
toiled all the night, and
have taken nothing
. . . .” (Luke 5: 5)
mother of four young children is more than
just tired. She is weary and discouraged.
She toils until late in the night, only to
be awakened too early by the baby—and,
without enough rest, her day begins
again. She is taking care of needy little
people and handling all the home duties
with not much help. Her little ones are
rambunctious and need a lot of one-on-one instruction, and she wonders if they
are learning anything at all. A moment of
rest is all she dreams of.
A rebellious child is draining all the
energy and resources and time from a
distraught homeschool mother. It seems
that all her patience and consistency are
unproductive and her research is coming
up empty. It is a moment-by-moment,
daily battle and she is weary of the fight.
She sees no change in her child and is
becoming hurt and depressed. Her hurt
often turns to anger and the battle is
intensified. A moment of peace is all she
An insensitive and unsupportive
mother-in-law, as well as nosey and
rude neighbors, push another mom’s
resistance and resolve to the limit.
Always being questioned, always under
scrutiny, regularly scorned, and often
excluded—can it really be this hard
to stand firm? Why doesn’t anyone
understand or see that she is trying to
do what is best for her children? She
dreams of moving to a distant place far
away from it all.
A child struggles day after day to just
understand his surroundings, let alone
any academics. Mom is worried about not
only their education, but their very life as
they have an abundance of physical and
medical issues to deal with. This mother
prays day and night for some kind of
miracle to make it all right. She sees
no help coming soon as she struggles
through yet another day. A moment of
hope is what she would live for.
Divorce papers were just delivered,
or a death certificate was issued. Legal
paperwork that has more power to
change a life than just the black ink on
the paper, and it seems to crush the spirit
of these homeschool moms. Can they
get through another day without falling
apart? How long can they be strong?
How can they face another day, let
alone consider a school year? But time
marches on as if nothing has happened.
Can she keep going? A moment to
breathe and think and grieve is what this
homeschool mom needs.
A spouse unemployed long-term,
and barely hanging on financially, this
homeschool family wonders if they are
really doing what is best. Maybe Mom
should try to get a job and they should
put the kids in school. Seems like an
easy solution, but they know the long-term fallout will be worse than being
financially poor—their children might
become spiritually bankrupt. Will God
provide so that they don’t have to keep
wondering? A monetary blessing is what
their daydreams are all about.
All of the above scenarios are based on
real stories of real homeschoolers. I have
heard from them. They wonder how they
will make it through another day. They
struggle; they cry; some wish with all their
might that they could just say, “I quit!”