Are you here because you are a Christian and have had the wild idea to homeschool, but are scared to death? You’re in good company, then!
Let me guess- you have way more questions than answers. Right now, it seems like there are so many different answers and opinions, that you’ve also become overwhelmed. I think many of us who have been homeschooling for any amount of time can relate to that time in our lives before we “took the plunge.” You can, at least, immediately rest assured you are not alone! I hope to be able to calm some of your fears and redirect your current efforts and worries into positive energy and productivity, centered on the Word of God and the peace it brings. You’ll likely look back on this time and will think of it as one of the best, albeit hardest, decisions you ever made: Creating a God-centered learning environment and providing an education for your children that not just casually mentions God, but focuses on Him as being the creator of all things, and inseparable from their understanding of all subjects because of that fact.
So, from here on out it will be all roses and pixie-dust! That’s what you want to hear, right? Even roses have thorns and pixie-dust just isn’t real. I don’t know, maybe you’re like me and are just happy to know we’re all on the road together; A road that’s sometimes paved, sometimes dirt, and sometimes just has too many potholes. Since we’re talking about a God-centered education, what does God have to say? In the 37th chapter of Psalms it reads, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” If that’s not powerful enough, let’s look at Jesus’s own words in Matthew chapter 6, verse 33: “Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
In those 2 verses he has promised that if we trust in him, surrender everything to him, and seek him, he will help us and give us everything we need! If that’s not a promise to help us teach our children, then I don’t know what is! Reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic mean nothing without God, grace, and the gospel.
Although this article is not going to be about curriculum, you can click here to read another article I wrote on curriculum I have either used, still use, or have heard good things about from others.
Let’s talk about what you really need to start (continue is likely a better word) your God-centered family homeschool.
First, you need a love of God. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.” Romans 8:28 reads,“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” If you have been born again, know God, and have felt His love, you know the peace that only He can bring to you. If you haven’t, there’s no better day than today, and no better moment than right now. To love God is to accept His will in your life, and in turn His will on the lives of your children. You are the best teacher your child will ever have. Sure, you may not know everything about every subject. Keep your focus on Jesus and everything else will fall into place. It’s His promise, not mine. He specifically said that all things would work together for your good. Since, you’re here reading this, you are already being called according to His purpose.
Second, you need a love of others (your family very much included!). Have you ever had one of those days when, you knew you loved your children, but weren’t sure you liked them at the moment?! There will be many more, I’m sorry to say, when homeschooling. What separates a homeschool from a God-centered homeschool is the way frustration and aggravation is dealt with. Children get overwhelmed, especially the smaller they are, and most times just need to see and feel that you love them. They have a hard time seeing the big picture. Does that sound familiar? Just like we can’t see our Heavenly Father’s entire picture for us, neither can they see ours for them. Being calm and kind goes a long way. Sometimes it’s even better to drop the “academics” and lead with love (that could mean snuggles and a good movie!). Psalms 94:19 NLT says, “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” In God’s Word Translation it reads this way, “When I worried about many things, your assuring words soothed my soul.” His comfort and assuring words can renew us and soothe us. Remember to keep that as a prayer in your heart as you go into each and every homeschool day.
Third, you’re going to need to be flexible. This was touched on in the last section, but it really needed its own category. You should make plans, but hold them loosely. Proverbs 16 GNT says, “We make our plans, but God has the last word.” I have come to know this to be true from many personal experiences. It’s just His way. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you already understand this, as well. If not, again, there’s no better time than the present. Verse 9 of Proverbs 16 NLT continues, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” If your trust is in yourself, this is going to be hard. Until you surrender your life to Him, your disrupted plans, whether it’s daily plans or longer-term plans, are going to seem devastating. If you’re praying for God to lead you, you must let go and let Him show you the way.
Fourth, it’s time to put your trust in God. Psalm 62:8 says, “O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 32:10 states, “Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.” Pour out everything that’s on your mind and in your heart to Him, and He will surround you in His love. He will be your refuge from the storms of daily trials. Proverbs 15 proclaims, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Gentleness, pure love, and kindness will go a long way.
Fifth, jump in with both feet. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Philippians 4:13 is another one we can hold to, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” And one more for the road, Romans 8:31, “…If God is for us, who can ever be against us.” He can strengthen you and give you everything you need to be able to educate your children in a God-centered home, and if He is for you, you can know you are going to succeed.
I hope this message, a message of Christ, has been comforting to you as you are navigating these choppy waters. Better yet, I hope it has invoked a realization that it’s time, if you haven’t already done so, to give the controls over to God and allow Him to navigate. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV. He died so we can live. We must make sure that our number one priority in our Christian, God-centered homeschools is that our children understand the true gospel of Christ. That they grow up knowing they can have a relationship with Jesus. That even though we are sinners, He came and died for us so that if we believe in Him, put our whole trust in Him, and follow him daily, we can live with Him in mansions he has already prepared for us. What a great, amazing love he has for us. It is my hope that your homeschool will be blessed. Keep praying, mamas and papas, and I’ll be doing the same.
Much love in Christ!