I have often shared that this homeschooling thing is a hard gig, one that is for the dedicated. A journey that is not for the faint of heart. I sometimes hear from mamas around the web that they are so discouraged, or thinking about putting their child(ren) in school OR back in school. Honestly, it breaks my heart. I know, I know. We are all called for different things in different times and seasons, but the roots that we are able to provide for our child(ren) by allowing them to grow and learn in our homes, well, it cannot be replicated in school. Not that I haven’t ever considered that school might be a good place for my own children. I have had the thought cross my mind more than a few times.
Yet, seventeen years later we are still at it. And it is still hard some days. And I need the encouragement from the dedicated mamas that have been in my place (the trenches) but I also need the good words of the Bible. So during my own homeschool journey I have come across a few Bible verses that are so encouraging for my heart.
I still believe that the Lord called me to homeschool these kiddos. I have yet to hear Him tell me to do something other that what we are doing. So, until I hear otherwise, this is the path we are on; regardless of the trials that we may have to deal with. Those trials, those are the ones where I lean hard into the Lord and then dig deep into His word to find my strength.
Bible Verses That Encourage My Homeschooling Mama Heart
Let me say up front, I know that most (or even ALL) of these verses have absolutely nothing to do with homeschooling. But I do know that each and every verse written in His Word applies to daily life (the Word is a living breathing Word) for each one of us. So, knowing that God reveals different things to different people at different times, I’m going to continue to use what is working for me. That means that not all of these verses are going to resonate with you, but if they do, I pray that God will use them to encourage your heart today.
When the thought comes to mind that I have had enough and I seriously cannot make it one more day with these people. I know it has nothing to do with homeschooling. I do know though that God will finish what He started. And He started this homeschool thing in our house. So I know that He will see it through until the end. And I need that knowledge and reassurance on those days that I cannot see the “why” behind our decision to homeschool.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
The daily struggles that we come across in this journey of homeschool can make me feel like I am on a sinking ship with no lifeboat in sight. Thankfully I have the following verse to remind me that I am not alone in this journey. God is with me and knowing that, I can make it just one more day.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2
Strength. Mental strength. Spiritual strength. Physical strength. I need it ALL.
“And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians 12:9
And my all time favorite, rely on forever verse:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
It doesn’t say specific things that I can rely on Him for. It says ALL things. That means even the tiny things that the world thinks I should be able to handle. Let me be real here, I can do nothing without Christ, including homeschooling my children. Period.
Because if we are honest, sometimes even our physical strength comes into play as a homeschool mama. I am not in perfect shape (or health, for what its worth) and sometimes outdoor activities are few and far between. So just needing His strength for my mental and spiritual strength, I am grateful that He can literally make me strong in my lack.
“He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29
The world has come down heavy on me in the last few weeks. And it feels like everything is spinning out of my control. Which, again, let me be honest, IT IS flying right out of my grasp. Because, as usual, I am holding on to everything with a tight grasp in the hopes that I don’t fly apart. Forgetting that I absolutely MUST trust in Him. And that means, letting go.
Trust. This is a HUGE one for me, as I absolutely feel the need to be in control. Total control. You know how hard it is to let go and let the kids make cookies or lunch KNOWING that the mess that will be there will be overwhelming? Yeah, me too. That is just one reason I have to learn to let go and let God handle things. Becasue, If I’m in control, I know what’s going on, even if it’s all bad.
Learning to “let it go” has been one of the hardest lessons for me as a mama. If this is you friend, just know that you are NOT ALONE in this situation. But I can promise you that with HIM all things are possible. Even learning to let go.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Often I hear mamas talking about how you have to be patient to homeschool. That would be 100% true. But here’s the thing, even after all of the years, I still work VERY hard on being patient. Because, being patient means waiting. And waiting means whatever it is isn’t in my own time. Waiting is not my strongest virtue, by any means. And I thing, who has time to wait on anyone? Well, I need this more than anyone else. I blow right through all of my strength and think (again) that I can handle it all by my self. Wrong. I need Him.
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:13
One of the last ones I will share is one that encourages me often as a homeschool mama. If you haven’t noticed, the world can come down hard and heavy on homeschoolers. Why? Because we live in a fallen sinful world and this world is looking to destroy anything God related. Families. Marriages. Godly education. You name it. If it has good Godly intentions, the world wants to tear it apart.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
So listen my sweet friend. You are NOT alone in this homeschool journey. I am still very much in the thick of it. And I GET IT. I want you to know that I am ready to share the ups and the downs with you. Every moment. I want you to know that you have a cheerleader in me. Always.
Need someone ot pray for you? Let me know. Email me. Visit the FB Group. The Bible also reminds us that “For where two or more are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 Even if that means online via the internet. This is a tool, sometimes the best one when we feel like no one else understands. Reach out, I’m ready to listen, pray, and offer encouragement.
In His Grace,