child in our family for that matter. Another uniquely created child that took time to
understand and teach around his abilities.
And, it wasn’t always easy.
My third child was a special needs girl
(I could totally relate with the articles in
this issue on living with an Asperger’s
kid). Her training was more character
than academic, and it was never easy.
Our fourth child had hearing problems
to overcome, our fifth was dyslexic, introverted, and questioned everything.
Our sixth is very slow and methodical
and compassionate, and our seventh is
very fast and furious and serious. And
the last child? Well, after seven completely unique children, I think I may finally
have a somewhat normal one (although
it’s hard to tell as he’s only seven) and at
the rate he’s going now, it looks like I am
going to be a baseball mom well into my
sixties. Who would have thought? I never
liked baseball, but I know I will grow to
love it with my son. I don’t like the hard
times of homeschooling either, but I have
grown to love them because I love God
and I love my children.
And I Thought Teaching Would
Homeschooling has been the most
daunting, humbling, tiring, all consuming, patience garnering, character building, prayer inducing, and extremely
blessed endeavor in my entire life. Easy?
Never. But, blessed, always.
What makes it hard? I make it hard. I
You Have What it Takes
expect to know everything and be able
to impart that knowledge with ease. I of-
ten forget that each child is unique, and
I must try new approaches and ask for
new wisdom. I can’t get lazy as much as
I’d love to, or it gets harder. God keeps
me on my toes (or knees)—revealing
that they are fearfully and wonderfully
made—in the image of God He created
them. So, I am called to walk in faith that
the wisdom He gives me for each child
will produce His fruit. But, I must do the
hard thing of daily focused prayer, and
following through on God’s instructions.
I must daily, diligently, walk in faith and
action. This is what makes the hard times
easier, and the burdens lighter.
During this journey called homeschooling, there will always be feelings of being
overwhelmed, daily obstacles to overcome, fear of failure to assuage, and purposes to fulfill. What helps us in this daily
walk of faith is to have a vision of victory.
In 2 Kings, Elijah prayed that the eyes of
his servant would be opened to see that
there were more mighty men in number
that were surrounding them than the enemy facing them. Ask that same God to
open your own eyes of faith to see that
if God is for you, and around you, He is
mightier than what faces you.
Focus on what you have and not on
what you lack. Then give all that you
have (your small strength) and all that
you are to Jesus. He will bless and multi-
ply your efforts. He wants you to go into
His Promised Land (for our purposes, we
will call it homeschool success) and pos-
sess it. Here’s what God said to Joshua in
the first chapter:
• Be strong – not wavering, resolute
• Obey His commands—they are not hard
• Speak His Word and meditate on it day
• Do what is written in His Word
• Be courageous, brave, confident
• Do not be fearful; rather, trust God
• Do not be dismayed, discouraged, dis-
What gives you power and hope for all
of the above? This: the Lord your God is
with you wherever you go! Which, be-
ing interpreted, means: you have what it
takes! You have more than enough. You
“I will not fail thee, nor forsake
thee. Only be thou strong and very
courageous, that thou mayest observe
to do according to all the law . . . turn
not from it to the right hand or to the
left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law
shall not depart out of thy mouth; but
thou shalt meditate therein day and
night, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein:
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good
success. Have not I commanded thee?
Be strong and of a good courage; be not
afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for
the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1: 6-9).
I don’t like the
hard times of
either, but I have
grown to love them
because I love
God and I love my