The Home School Series - Finding Joy!
There’s a slight misconception that I’m a home school mom because I love being around my kids all the time. That idea my friend, could not be further from the truth. I love my kids, spending time with them and I’ve come to love what home school has to offer. But it is a lot of work and it eats up quite a bit of time, whereas I’d like to be doing other things. However, what I will say is that I have grown in my desire for pleasing God and asking Him to help me do hard things…His way. I realized early on that I could bear down under the weight of it all and just get through my day. However, who wants to live like that? Certainly not me! Once I realized all home school would require of me, I had to make some lifestyle changes. But more importantly, I had to acknowledge that I needed God to give me a new level of supernatural strength. And you know what? That just happens to be God’s specialty.
I had to surrender all my preconceived notions of how I “thought” home school should look for our family (a new and improved schedule was not the ticket). You definitely need to plan ahead. Yet, you just have to realize that some days are just going to be harder than others, but in the midst, God will help you keep a right attitude. I have come to understand that home schooling is more about me, than my kids. Finding joy in home school is about finding my joy in Christ. He is my “why.” He has been more than capable of helping me as the super control freak type that I can be, and instead, He helps me to relax and enjoy this ride (I’m still a control freak, just dropped the “super”).
I no longer even hope that my kids will appreciate what I’m doing, because in all honesty they may never. And that is okay. What matters is that I stay grounded in the fact that we are answering a calling, as unto the Lord. The burden is light and joy is there for the taking when your focus is on the Father! Another way to look at it is that you don’t “have to” home school, you “get to!” You get to assist “your” kids in learning as they matriculate through their different ages and stages. This is a full time job, and then some. But it’s a blessing! A tangible way that helps me find peace of mind during some of the crazy days, is to reset throughout the day. It’s great to meditate in the morning or evening, but try to do something during the day to keep you fueled. This can be a Christian podcast, YouTube sermon, worship song, or a motivational moment on IG. The goal here is to create space for you to unwind and remind yourself that the Holy Spirit is at work in you and your home.
Also, write down some specific things that you believe GOD will accomplish this year in your home school. Some of you may be home schooling temporarily due to the pandemic, but trust that God is going to do something amazing! This can be as simple as saying, “God I have to do this, but your Word says, you work all things out for my good.” God’s plans are always bigger and better than ours. So be intentional about writing down the ways that you believe God is going to shape you and your kids during this Fall 2020-Spring 2021 home school year. Write down a testimony weekly.
And lastly, make time to rest. Pick a day that works best for you to rest your mind, body, and spirit. Do the bare minimum on your rest day, because taking care of your physical and spiritual health is key. I believe God has blessed you with all you need in His wisdom! Prepare for a joy-filled school year!