As the school year winds down for many homeschool moms, the inevitable questions start to arise:
- Is it okay that we didn’t finish the book?
- Was I a good enough teacher?
- Did my children learn anything this year?
- Have I done enough?
- Did I somehow shortchange my child by homeschooling?
Self-doubt and exhaustion overwhelm even the best homeschool mama, and it’s not uncommon to wonder if you made the right decision when you decided to start this journey called homeschooling.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do as a homeschool mom is to stay strong. Let’s face it: it can be terrifying to think that if you fail at teaching your kids, there is no one to blame but you.
The problem is that’s exactly what the devil wants you to think. His goal is to undermine your faith, courage, and determination so that you’re left feeling alone, frightened, and overwhelmed enough to give up.
So, what do you do? How do you fight back when the devil is whispering in your ear that you’re not a good planner, not a good teacher, or just not good enough to successfully homeschool your child?
You fight back the same way that Christ did when He was alone and tempted in the wilderness: you use the Word of God. Now let’s do just that!
“The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15: 2 (KJV)
Get your focus, and remember that the Lord is your strength. He is the reason for you to celebrate in all you do… even the things that are difficult, frightening, or overwhelming. Don’t lean on yourself. Lean on HIM. He is your salvation, and there is nothing too hard or scary for the Lord.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
The Lord will strengthen you. When you’re at your weakest, when you’re more tired than you ever imagined that you could be, when you feel like you just can’t go over another math problem without crying… He’s got you. Don’t fear your mistakes or your shortcomings. He’s right there with you.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)
Remember that we are all born with weaknesses and shortcomings. When you turn them over to the Lord and strive to give Him the glory and not yourself, He can make glorious things happen from your weaknesses. The opportunity for Christ to work wonders through your trouble areas is a powerful, wonderful experience.
“For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20:4 (KJV)
You are never alone. No matter how tired, alone, or worried you feel, Christ is only a thought away. Close your eyes and pray. Talk to Him. Turn to Him. Let Him know what’s on your mind and give Him the opportunity to grant you His peace which surpasses all understanding.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 (KJV)
Over and over in the Bible, God commands us to “be strong and of good courage.” He wants us to know that we’re never alone and that we’re certainly not weak. We are the children of the Living God. He is alive and, in Him, we have eternal life. Take courage in that. Know that you are called to be strong and courageous.
With God by your side, you can take hold of whatever mistakes or mishaps may have shaken your confidence in your ability or decision to homeschool. You’ve got this. Add these Scriptures to your arsenal and follow Christ’s lead. Let the devil know who he’s messing with: a strong, courageous, homeschool mom who loves her children and is backed up by the God of the universe.
Now that’s a force to be reckoned with.
This post appeared in the 2017 Celebrating Homeschool Moms celebration at Classes By Beth Plus.