Six years ago today, I wrote this, but it sure seems applicable today. At the time, I was homeschooling our five children. It looked a lot different than what “homeschooling” is right now, but there are still nuggets of truth in there…this is for all you parents thrown into the midst of schooling your kids at home right now, wondering if you’ll make it through.
“Today someone asked me why I home school our kids. Of course she added, “I would go *crazy* if I had to be with my kids all day long! You must be an ANGEL!”
You may have seen people respond to this before, saying how they LOVE being with their kids, can’t understand why someone would say such a thing, and that children are a blessing, etc. etc.
I responded this way:
I DO go crazy. There are times when I daydream about what it would be like to have our kids in school from 8-3. I love my kids, I truly do.
But honestly, I home school out of obedience.
I home school because God told me to.
There are days when I relish the time I have with our kids. When we’re in a groove and we breeze through school, and then go have a blast on a field trip together. I think, “I could do this forever!” Then there are days when every. single. interaction. is a fight. When my kids talk to me disrespectfully, push my buttons and make me want to cry.
God calls us all to different things, according to what it is HE has planned for our lives. We can choose to obey, or we can choose to fight it.
I don’t know whether God is calling me to home school for the rest of our kids’ educational careers, but for now, what gets me through the tough days is knowing that I’m right where He wants me to be. Good days, bad days, pretty days, ugly days, it’s all part of the crazy ride I’m on with Him.
So, I’m no angel. I’m not gifted with extra patience or smarts or miraculous obedience in my children. I’m just a daughter of the one true King, trying my best to be right where He wants me to be so I’m ready when He calls me to the next thing.
Moral of the story: Being in God’s will doesn’t mean a smooth ride. In fact, it often means the opposite. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” But I believe He won’t ever give you more than HE can handle. If you’re in over your head, it means you have to turn to Him for strength.”