Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Lesson From Moses and Jonah

 There are dozens of great homeschooling blogs out there
 and perhaps that's why I rarely write about our adventures.
 It's not that this part of our life isn't exciting or important.
On the contrary, (behind my growing relationship with the Lord,
and then my relationship with my husband,)
 educating our kids is one of the most important, and most exciting aspects of our lives.

 I have, in the past, written on a few occasions about various field trip adventures,
and a little about some of the books and curriculum
that we have used over the past year and a half.
 But the past few weeks I've been doing some self evaluation in all areas of my life,
 including and especially in the area of homeschooling.


What have we really accomplished the last two years?
Will we continue to homeschool next year and for years to come?
What about "socialization"?
Has it really been worth it?

These are just a few questions many home educating families face.
 From within themselves and also from the outside (family, friends, etc.).

I have been asked, "Do you enjoy homeschooling your kids?"
Well, as any honest homeschool mother would answer,
 "It depends on what day you ask me!".
That's sort of a joke. Sort of.
Of course, like with anything else, some days are better than others.
I am pretty certain any honest teacher, in any school,
in any country would give you the same answer.
Most of the time, yes, I enjoy teaching my children.

The first book I ever read regarding homeschooling said,
 "Give it at least a year, and see where you are after that".
A year later, I liked the results, and I liked how far we had come,
even though there were hardships, to us, it was well worth the struggles.
Our story isn't about the struggles, it's about the victories!

Yes, there were times when two incomes would have been better than one.
Yes, there were times when I thought, "public schools aren't that bad".
Yes, there were times I wanted to run to the bathroom, turn off the light, hide, and cry.
Wait a minute, I did do that last one! Seriously. I did. More than once.

Let's just address the public school comment first,
 because I can hear the gasping and see the finger shaking's right now.

I do not think public schools are evil and destroying
 the lives of many families around the world.

Let me share with you why we chose to homeschool our girls.
Before my firstborn was even a thought in my head,
God placed a tug on my heart for homeschooling.
It was something I had heard, or something I had read.
Somehow, I just couldn't shake the idea of it.
I, like many others, had a preconceived notion in my mind of what
a "homeschooling family" looked like.
And, quite honestly, I ran from the idea immediately... in my mind.
I was in no way "qualified" to teach my children, and just simply wouldn't have the time for it.
Yes, I had a college degree (nursing major)
and I was pretty well rounded when it came to education.
 I knew plenty about the human body and a little about medicine.
But still, I wasn't sure about any of the other stuff.
I began to think of all the reasons why I shouldn't do it.

Remember when God told Moses to go to Egypt and set His people free?
Moses said, "But God, I don't speak well. I can't do this...
But God, I am just an average person, nothing special.
Why would you choose me?"

I was doing the same thing that Moses did.
I was making excuses. Experiencing self doubt.

Remember when God told Jonah to go to Nineveh?
Jonah ran away from God. He was disobedient.
He got on the wrong boat going to the wrong city.
God sent a massive storm and really rocked that boat in order to get Jonah to listen to Him.
Next thing Jonah knows, he's in the belly of a giant fish.
This ain't some little children's bible story.... This was for real.
I just simply couldn't imagine.

I knew one thing, I didn't want to be disobedient
or run away from God's chosen path for our lives.
I just needed to trust that He was going to provide for our family
and that He was going to guide my words and steps all along the way.
I needed to understand, it wasn't me, it was Him.
This isn't always easy.

When the storms and challenges come, and they did (and still do), I just have to remind myself,
"If it's for Your glory, then I'll take it as it comes.
I'll trust it's in Your love. If it's for Your glory then it must be for Your good."
When the day isn't going as planned, and I just don't understand why she isn't getting it,
 I have to remember, "He will make this trial a blessing".

So, what have we accomplished thus far in our journey of home education?
Well, we have accomplished plenty as far as secular education goes.
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Science, History... It's all good.
But one of the most important events that could ever happen for a parent,
happened this year during the middle of a regular school day.
Our six year old, firstborn daughter, accepted Jesus as her personal saviour.

What if I had quit, given in, given up?
Souls are on the line.
"I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in truth",
wrote the apostle John in Third John 4.
Amen and Amen!

Now, we love our church family, but we would never delegate
 to the church, the responsibility of teaching our children God's Word.
This is our parental responsibility.
Our call as a parent is to teach our kids right from wrong.
We do this by reading what God's word says to us.
Children learn best through story telling.
They relate to the characters and somehow this person in His word becomes a real person.
I can honestly say that Bible is one of my very favorite subjects here at Davis Academy.
 I love that we can connect with our girls on a very personal level
and really get to the heart of homeschooling during Bible study.

I am not telling you this out of pride, but rather, I am sharing an important lesson I have learned.
You see, I used to neglect Bible as a subject of study.
It's easy to do with the pressures of society,
pushing children to be smarter, faster, better, all the time.
However, leaving this vital subject out of our daily schedule, I learned rather quickly,
was not only not helping us, but it was holding us back.

If I could recommend one book about homeschooling.
I like this book because it addresses both parental roles of Homeschooling: Father and Mother.
I believe that God has delegated this authority and responsibility to my husband and myself.

Will we continue to homeschool?

The answer is quite simple.
"Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
 knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord."
I Corinthians 15: 58

Our life is but a vapor... Make every day count!

2 comments:

  1. this is really nice, good job on the new page. cant wait to see more pictures. you do an awesome job! love ya.

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  2. Thanks a bunch MD! I have a maternity and a wedding shoot coming up soon!!! Look for those in Feruary!!! :)

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