We are now nearing the end of the school year, and kindergarten sign ups are in full swing for the fall. Mommas everywhere are discussing their children’s plans for the upcoming year. Normally when I tell others that our family homeschools, the initial reaction is, “I could never have the patience for that!” I usually then smile and nod, while I’m thinking, “Oh my, if only you knew the times I was sorely lacking in the patience department!”
I firmly believe that our family is called by God to homeschool, and honestly, that all Christian families are called to remove their children from the public school system. The Holy Spirit often uses Deuteronomy 6:4-9 to convict hearts towards homeschooling:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Psalms 1:1-6 really speaks to my heart regarding the importance of Christian education as well.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor the sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
If the Holy Spirit has convicted you on the topic of homeschooling, but yet you know that you lack patience, what should you do? Perhaps your children argue incessantly. Maybe you loose your temper more often than you would like to admit.
I’m sure that you have heard the saying, God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called. This is so very true! If we are willing vessels, God will shape us into the homeschooling moms that he is calling us to be.
But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
We need to commit our days to Him. If we make a mistake, praise God that He offers us grace so we can try once more.
Sometimes we use “lack of patience” as and excuse as well. We all have a sin nature that is selfish, and we must daily lay this at the foot of the cross. We are called to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.
Romans 12:1 (NIV)
Perhaps spending most days homeschooling your children wasn’t what you had in mind for your life. If you are convicted on this topic however, and offer your body as a living sacrifice, God will bless you for it. If we lack patience, let’s ask our Lord to guide us through prayer. He will give us rest when we need it most.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
If you feel the Holy Spirit convicting you to take the next step to homeschool through biblical texts, following His leading will bless you and your family beyond belief! It is easy to let our own feelings creep in to these thoughts as well, but if we check your thoughts with the Bible, it should become easy to discern what is coming from you and what is coming from the Lord.
“‘The Lord told me’ is no substitute for ‘the Bible says.'”
~ Voddie Baucham