Finding Joy

So many times I have heard a frazzled homeschooling mom say, “I just don’t know if I’m doing well enough.” How many times I’ve thought that myself!

This morning it hit me. If my child was in public school, would he/she do better in math? (Not the favorite subject of a couple of my kiddos.) Would a public school teacher and their spouse change curriculums to better suit my child? Would a public school teacher’s spouse spend their evening trying to get a math concept across to my child that they just couldn’t get? Or is math something my child would struggle with no matter where they were being educated? And the really important question, would my child get the other things–character training, unconditional love, Scripture training, etc– that I am giving him/her?

Don’t get me wrong, I know math is important and we will continue to strive for greatness, but struggling in a subject does not mean homeschooling is not good and beneficial! I would much rather my child live for Christ and struggle with math than be a calculus expert and lack godly morals!

My prayer is that I will be wise, not give up, and be diligent in what God has assigned to me. I pray I don’t get caught up in the world’s priorities and that I do remember what is important to God! I pray that I won’t be lazy or lax in the things God has asked me to do, but that He will find me faithful, even when I’m exhausted!

I hope on those days when you feel like you are failing your little ones, you will stop and pray! God gave those children to you and He has equipped you with everything you need to give them what they need. Don’t give up! Be realistic! If your child is struggling, can you change something that would help? If so, do it! If not, be diligent! Keep striving! Show them what it means to be committed even when things are difficult!

May you find joy in your schooling!

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