Homeschooling isn’t a journey that a parent one day just wakes up and decides to begin. Every homeschool family has a reason (or reasons) for beginning to homeschool their children. It isn’t a decision to make on a whim, without serious consideration. Honestly, a homeschool journey needs to be covered in prayer from the moment you begin considering it through your child’s high school graduation.
The journey of a homeschool family is not a cake walk. There will be times when you have to press on through difficult subjects, learning struggles and student-teacher disagreements. Some days you’ll want to throw in the towel and will even contemplate putting your children on the next yellow bus that passes by. A homeschool mom’s faith is absolutely necessary to her family’s homeschool journey.
A homeschool mom’s responsibilities are a heavy weight at times, after all her children’s education is in her hands. She must be diligent to ensure that she is providing them with the necessary studies and activities that they need to thrive. Homeschooling requires moms to be at their best emotionally, spiritually and mentally. None of this would be possible without a homeschool mom’s faith.
Due to the difficulties, struggles and long days of homeschooling, a homeschool mom’s faith tends to suffer at times. It is not possible to maintain the strength needed to homeschool your children without taking time to increase and refresh your faith. A homeschool mom’s faith requires spending time in God’s word and prayer each day.
5 Ways to Strengthen a Homeschool Mom’s Faith Every Day
When we take time to hide God’s Word in our hearts it gives us the ability to be encouraged and refreshed in the midst of difficult homeschool moments without having to step away and pull out our Bibles or devotional. We can simply whisper a passage of Scripture to ourselves to remind ourselves that God is near.
My grandfather couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but that didn’t stop him from praising the Lord every day of his life through song. He used to tell me that God didn’t say you had to sing well, He just said to make a joyful noise. I love music and I love to sing, probably more than my family would like me to. Yet, I find an amazing amount of strength, peace and joy when I listen to music that praises the Lord. On my most difficult days as a homeschool mom you’re sure to find Mandisa, Toby Mac or Lauren Daigle‘s music playing in my home.
I remember singing a song when I was a child that spoke of whispering prayers in the morning, at noon and in the evening to keep your heart in tune. As a homeschool mom it is essential that we do take moments throughout our busy days to whisper (or even cry out!) prayers to the Lord. All too often we do not share our thoughts, frustrations, struggles and pain with anyone, instead we just keep on keeping on. God desires a relationship with us…a relationship requires communication…prayer.
The Bible says to let your words be few, but that is hard for me. So, I’m trying to learn to speak less and write more. I find that most of my thoughts don’t need to be said out loud to anyone specifically, so I’ve started journaling more. Sometimes I write about my day or share thoughts that I chose to keep to myself about my day, journaling has become a way that I pour out my heart to the Lord.
The days of a homeschool mom are long. There isn’t really an early to bed, early to rise option for us. Instead, we often stay up late and get up early because we have so much to do. A wise homeschool mom once said that each day we have to choose which ball we’re going to drop. We simply can’t do it all. All too often, the ball we tend to drop is our daily devotions because it doesn’t have to be done like dishes, cooking or laundry. Yet, spending time in God’s Word must be something we do each day. We need to be reminded of God’s promises, strengthened for the day ahead, receive peace for the storms we can’t see brewing and be covered in the love of God when our hearts are broken by the ones we love the most.
A homeschool mom’s faith is essential for a successful homeschooling journey. We must ensure that it doesn’t get lost along the way by taking time to strengthen it each and every day. It is important to remember that this isn’t just for us, but for our children to see as well. They learn from what they see in us more than what we say. Our daily time with the Lord speaks louder than the words we speak.
How do you strengthen your homeschool mom faith each day?