3 God-Breathed Words to Get You Through the Homeschool Slump
Homeschooling is a blessed calling put on the hearts of many parents. As we travel down this road together, what’s supposed to be a blessing can feel cumbersome at times. Whether it be from feeling like things are just too mundane or a discipline issue coming up with our children; it’s easy to be overwhelmed by our blessings! This is an issue that I am currently struggling with in my own life.
It’s been an interesting start to the year in our household. I felt inspired by others to choose a word or words to focus on for this year, and I felt the words consistency, grace, and peace were important to focus on. Of course, it hasn’t taken long for the issues of life to rear its ugly head quickly. Things are breaking quickly than we have the time or resources to fix. The kids have cabin fever making it hard to focus on schoolwork. I’m still mourning the recent death of a loved one. All of the stress quickly makes it hard for a mom to want to carry on.
God has been working in my heart in a mighty way. While I’m no homeschool expert, I want to share some of my current journeys so that it might struggle other moms to overcome that mid-year burnout. Focusing on the three words that the Lord has been on my heart and mind have been substantial in drawing strength for those hard days.
3 God-Breathed Words
The first of tour 3 God-breathed words for homeschooling is consistency. I have learned that consistency is very important when it comes to homeschooling. We don’t want to strictly schedule our days, but a routine has become very important to me. This year, I have made it a priority to wake up before my kids and get some quiet time in. This can be harder to do the weeks I am burning the candle at both ends, but I still try to do it. I am not a morning person at all, so this is a struggle for me.
During my quiet time, I do a devotional usually on my YouVersion app. I usually like to journal any thoughts or notes that come up. I grew up always hearing that I needed to read the Bible daily, but I have never taken the time to do it until recently. In times of chaos and doubt, it has helped me grow so much as a mother. If you’re not starting your day in the Word, I’d highly encourage you to take a few minutes every morning. YouVersion has several reading plans, some only take a few minutes to do each day.
In addition, it’s so helpful to have a loose plan for each day. What subjects do you need to get done with your kids? We like to spend one day on our electives and four days on our main subjects. It doesn’t have to be that way for you, but find what works for your family and make it a consistent part of your day.
The next of the 3 God-Breathed words for our homeschool is grace. Another hard lesson I am still learning is how to give grace in our homeschool. No matter how consistent we can be, we are humans and get frustrated. No matter how organized you are, life is going to get messy. You’re never going to get it all done. You have to give yourself grace and realize that you’re probably accomplishing a lot more than you think.
When my kids are having a hard time learning a new topic, it can quickly bring up stress for me. I start questioning my abilities, my methods, and being way too hard on myself. On those days, I have to give those fears and heavy burdens to the Lord. It is through His strength, I am able to carry on and lead my children forward in a peaceful manner.
It can be hard to let go of those thoughts and anxieties. You may feel all consumed and not sure how to give yourself grace. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is in Exodus 2. Moses was born and his mother was trying to save him from being put to death in light of Pharoah’s law against Hebrew baby boys. After she could no longer hide him, Moses’ mother put him in a basket and place him into the river. Her older daughter watched to see what happened to her brother and he was found by Pharoah’s daughter, who adopted him as her own. In God’s hands, Moses’ life was saved. God is beseeching us to trust Him with our fears as well!
Finally, the last of the 3 God-breathed words is peace. You can find peace in your homeschool and your home by continually submitting your fears to the Lord. This process isn’t perfect and you have to submit over and over and over again. Eventually, it becomes a habit to make your life centered around Christ, and that’s truly where the peace comes from. You were not called to be perfect! Keep on and before you know it, you’ll be through those hard weeks of the homeschool slump!
“He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Farrah blogs at New and Natural Mom. She is a homeschooling mom to five kids ages 2-10. At New and Natural Mom, you can find natural parenting topics as well as homeschooling encouragement. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.
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