There are days when we, as homeschoolers, wonder if we are doing the right thing. We each have a time when we re-evaluate this choice for any number of reasons. Sometimes it’s just a hard day. Sometimes it is a hard season in life. I want to encourage you in this journey.
We do this because we love our children more than anyone else does and even though they push us, that “pushing” results in growth in us. We grow in patience, kindness, meekness (strength under control – God’s control), mercy, forgiveness, and the ability to confess our failures and shortcomings as examples to our children when we do not exhibit these fruits.
Our children are God’s instruments to help us grow in knowledge, understanding and love for Him. This is just what we do for our children. Just as we "push" (challenge) them to try new things, not give up on hard things, be diligent, thorough, work on communication skills, learn life skills, do jobs completely rather than half-way, integrity, honesty, compassion - so much more than reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic.
We are creating people who will be kingdom people even as we strive for that goal ourselves each day. We fail, we confess, God picks us up, dusts us off - and sometimes dusts our pants because we need it, and loves us - and through watching us, our children learn these things.
It's not how many times they fail, or we fail, it's how many times we reach out to God for help and knowing we have a faithful, loving, Heavenly Father to help guide them and us to be the people he has in mind for us to be. ❤
I'm sharing this as a print-out that you can put on your refrigerator, above your desk, or wherever you need this to remind you - and for me to remind myself - of our higher purpose and calling in this adventure. God bless you today and always! - Tammy