Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Homeschool Minute w/Spunky

The Homeschool Minute asked me to write a brief answer to the following question for their e-newsletter:

"Will I ever get to homeschool the way that I want to?"

What a great question, an the answer is clear AFTER you answer one other question first:

"WHO is in charge of your homeschool?"

Thankfully, that's an easy multiple choice question with only four possible answers:

a. Christ-led homeschool

b. Father-led homeschool

c. Mother-led homeschool (assisted by every "perfect mother" on the internet)

d. Child-led homeschool

For the Christian homeschooler, the obvious answer is "a," but the challenge is to let go and let the Lord direct the plans.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plants t give you a hope and a future."

Once we submit ourselves to God and learn His plan, the answer to the original question is a resounding, "YES!"

You will get to homeschool the way you want IF and only IF you know and accept the Lord's plan as your own.

If you believe that the Lord's plan is for you to homeschool your children, then giving up will not be an option simply because you cannot afford a certain curriculum or your children are "less than perfect" or a family emergency takes time away from core subjects.

Instead, you will see each of these situations as an opportunity to seek the Lord and find out His plan to solve the issues and tackle the day.

Yes, the day...not tomorrow, not next week, next month, or next year.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry abut itself. Each day has enough trouble f its own. " Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

Seek the Lord today for His agenda and your plans will prosper.

(Brief update on Spunky: I have been busy trying to live the message of this note. I have a Marine about to be deployed to the Middle East and a daughter just arriving home from Bosnia after being away for nearly two months. I also have another Marine in Pensacola training to be a crew chief on a helicopter. Add to that three children still learning at home and learning to adjust to a "new normal" every day as "interruptions" come up. But the election is coming up and I'm not sure I can keep my fingers away from the keyboard for too much longer. This blog may once again become the "vacation" my brain needs.)

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