Dear Homeschool Mama,
We pretty much devote our lives to raising our children. We homeschool, we read the Bible every day, we have Sunday worship together, we discuss sin, we offer forgiveness and grace, we discipline, we sing hymns, we love, and pray like crazy.
We discuss the events in mainstream media and our world today. We address them from a biblical perspective and encourage questions.
We keep a straight face and hide the embarrassment when sensitive subjects come up at the oddest of times because we know there is no time like the present to talk about those things. We are quite open and straightforward with our kids.
We warn them of the devil, the world, and their own flesh. We desire to teach them and train them up in the way that God calls us to in His word.
We strive to do crafts and projects and field trips and make amazing memories with our kids. We want the very best education for them, and we want them to be all that they dream to be.
But every day we feel like we failed.
We say things we shouldn’t, we yell.
We let them watch more Netflix than is healthy, we let them eat too many carbs and not enough protein.
We forget to show them just how much we love them.
We make mediocre meals and we lack in the creative (fun) department.
We didn’t play that game or read that book.
It was all we could do to “survive”.
So, I encourage you Homeschool Mama, to continue putting forth the effort. Be intentional with your time with your children, for it is fleeting. It is in the small moments and humble confessions and hugs and tears and whispers of “will you forgive me?” that our children see what living for Jesus is all about.
I know it is a heavy cross to bear, the raising up and discipling of your children, but Homeschool Mama, you have God on your side! Now, more than ever, it is important to take your calling seriously and believe in the importance of that calling.
A Christian Mother has more influence on her children than she may realize. Just think about your own Mother and how she influenced you, whether for good or for bad. Her life breathed life into you and then helped mold you into who you are.
Some day, it will be your children who have grown up and what is the most important thing you would want them to remember about you? For me, I pray that they could say what I can say about my Mother: “Jesus lived in her, and through her life, I saw Him”.
When they are grown up and look back at their childhood, they will not see many individual moments. Instead, they will see an accumulated lifetime of a mother always there, always listening, always striving to do what was best, and most importantly a mother being honest of her shortcomings and always pointing them back to Jesus… no matter the cost.
And that is what homeschooling is all about, isn’t it?
I was sponsored by the National Religious Liberties Conference to write about why we homeschool and the importance of raising disciples who take up their cross and follow Jesus no matter the cost and offer encouragement and tools for the Christian homeschool family. However, all opinions are mine alone.