Homeschool Character · Homeschool Hope

School Teachers Can Do it…But not Me!

Or at least that’s what I think

Here in Memphis it’s the first day of school. Many people in our city sent their children back to school and most homeschoolers started school this morning. Our four homeschoolers started Abeka online school today!

This year marks our twelfth year as home educators. We started when our second son Jaden was in kindergarten. He is now a senior in high school. When people say the years go by fast – they do. There are times I feel like I can reach back and cuddle our very first year. I vividly relive the lessons I taught and the museums we visited all the time. We were living in California and if it were a beautiful blue-sky day, we enjoyed school outside.

But Oh, the Fear

I often think of how we are so afraid we will mess our children up. We accept the easier solution to give up homeschooling and put our children into a school setting. We resolve to the idea that our children are better taught without us, their parent. I’ve said this before, but I went to public school my entire life and I was spelling at a fourth-grade level in my early twenties. I had no idea I could not spell until someone finally pointed it out to me. Embarrassed and ashamed is an understatement. Hopelessness for my future set in.

As a young adult I had no choice but to teach myself how to spell. I share this to say; traditional school is not necessarily the best answer. I am not anti-traditional school. Our older son went to a very good traditional school, and I have wonderful friends who work for public and private schools who love what they do.

Let God Lead

You might be in a season where God does lead your children into a school setting which is fine. Jaden attended a school setting as a sophomore and junior. He did phenomenal at his school and quite frankly it was exactly what he needed. But without sounding haughty, I seldom rested in inadequacy as his teacher. For the most part he attended a school setting because I was on staff at a church, and it worked out better for him and our family – and he flourished. Yet, I never doubted myself as his or his siblings teacher.

It’s not because I think highly of myself. It’s because I never doubted God as my Lord and Savior who made no mistakes with me as the mother of my children – and teacher for them. I’ve been teaching my children long before they started “school.” (We often forget that part) We forget that we teach our children how to walk, talk, run, read books, play, communicate, tie their shoes, dress themselves. For the first five years of their life, they have learned so much from you and your spouse, yet the moment the idea of homeschooling comes up you’re like a deer caught in headlights.

Me homeschool?

I have no patience to homeschool!

I could never do that; I commend anyone who can homeschool their child!

These are actual words I have heard from parents countless times.

I always use the prayer of Solomon to get through each year. Solomon knew he was inadequate to lead the people God entrusted him to lead so Solomon prayed for wisdom.

2 Kings: 3:7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

What about those school teachers?

When we think about schoolteachers who teach 15-20 students at one time do we believe they have it easy? Do you ever consider their feelings of inadequacy? I can assure you they understand the pressure of “messing your children up,” but they do it because God called them, and they trust and rely on His wisdom.

What’s the difference with you?

If a schoolteacher can seek God to teach 20 different personalities to bring out their best abilities and help them succeed, why can’t you seek God to do the same for your own child or children? Sure, you might not be able to teach certain subjects, but through prayer and wisdom God will lead you and your children to the right resource. My son Jaden is taking Pre-Calculus this year. Umm..let me assure you he is better off with me NOT teaching him Pre-Calculus! BUT that’s what prayer and wisdom does. He is in a program, at home, to teach him – which provided the resources I need to guide his steps this year.

I really do pray you don’t give up this school year. Just because something is hard, and a challenge doesn’t mean God doesn’t want you to do it. Think of the many people in this world who fought through the hard with God – for great!

Richard Allen

Evangeline Cory Booth

Martin Luther

Martin Luther King Jr.

St. Francis of Assisi

Fanny Crosby

…just to name a small few!

  • Read this small portion of an actual prayer from reformer Martin Luther;

Oh, Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in you. In you I have sealed all the treasures I have. I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor.

Be Great

What’s the alternative friend, when you want to give up this year? You’ll “teach” yourself and your children not to do something because it’s hard. Or you can “teach” you and your children to push through the hard, seek God daily for wisdom and strength and become great for Him!

Friend, it’s going to be a tough school year. It will be tough for me and you. It’s going to be a challenge. But with God you and your children will have an astounding school year! When you think you can’t do it, think about that teacher you’re about to send your child to. Maybe God is leading you there, or maybe He’s leading you to trust Him just like that teacher must trust Him for your child too.

If everything in life were easy – no one would ever be GREAT!

Be GREAT for God this school year.

2 Kings: 3:7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS

Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not email me today and I will pray with you.

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