Disclaimer: I am sorry in advance to those of you who signed up to get my blog by email. This blog entry may not apply to you so please disregard if not interested. I have had a number of people ask me about homeschooling so I wanted to place something on my blog that answers some of their questions……And, I am not saying homeschooling if for everyone. I pray you will follow the path the Lord is leading you. This is my journey.
I wrote this testimony about 8 years ago for a talk I gave on homeschooling. At the time I had been homeschooling for over a 1 yr., as you can probably tell since my children are so young, I will leave as is for now. I was starting out on my homeschool journey so it shows my frailty and 100% reliance on God. Enjoy!!
Remember God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.
I currently have four children: Anthony-12, Chris-10, Cory-7, and Meranda-6. My homeschool journey began about three years ago. It started off as just a faint thought that later turned into major paradigm shift.
My children are little over 2 yrs. apart. As they grew, and started going off to school-pretty much heading out the door one after another. I was anxiously waited for the day my youngest would soon follow. That’s when God started to change by heart. I had plans of leisure and relaxation, maybe even a career: actually I dreamed about taking hot baths in the middle of the day, and eating bon bons. My job of training my children was over right?
The day finally came when my baby girl would be entering pre-school. You would have thought someone had hit me over the head with a hammer. I cried even a week before she started school. I thought those days of me sitting with her coloring, learning letters, were over. Someone else would take my place. This really saddened me. I really think this was God’s way of revealing things to me.
Did my job as a teacher really have to end just because my child turned “school age”? Just think about it, I had been teaching my children their wholes lives up until that point. I taught them to tie their shoes, say a,b,c, and 1,2,3, colors, potty training, and the list could go on. Could I possibly continue be their teacher of academics, bible, and ect. These were the things rolling around in my head. God was doing a work in me that is for certain.
I didn’t give into these feeling right away. I blew it off as something that all mothers go through when their babies start school.
Over the course of that year, our family dynamics started to change. I started working outside the home. Things began to fall apart really quickly. My oldest was having discipline problems in Jr high ( I was having a hard time with who he was becoming). My second child was having some academic problems, which no one wanted to address. My two older boys all of a sudden couldn’t be in the same room with each other. Doors seemed to be slamming more, and no one was listening or talking to each. What’s happening! It seemed only a short time ago I had toddlers and babies who loved to play with each other, go to parks and have picnics. All this brought me back to the feet of Jesus. I wasn’t willing to except how things were going. I had some big decisions before me. I could continue to go out and pursue my own interests, or I could come back home and give my children a good foundation.
My journey of homeschooling began. I started right after we had moved to Reno, without knowing one single person, and knowing nothing about homeschooling. My husband who is active duty Marine’s was still serving the remainder of his tour in Southern California, so with his prayers and support I continued on this journey.
During this time I was not ashamed to say, “God I don’t know what in the world I am doing.” Here were some of my exact prayers and answers to those prayers:
Prayer- Lord if you want me to home school you have to supply someone who can show me the way.
Answer- I receive a phone call from a NNHS(Northern Nevada Home School) representative who talked to me for 2 hrs. Encouraging me I could do this. This same person even walked me through all the necessary paper work that need to be done.
Prayer- I don’t know anyone, you need to provide my children and me with friends. (My children were even praying for this one)
Answer- It seemed like everyone I meet after that moment was a homeschooler. Sandy Murphy was one of the friends I met. She and her daughter where babysitting for a class at our church. My children went into the same class. Her daughter ask my oldest son what school he attend, he replied, “I’m homeschooled.” She then replied, “I am also a homeschooler.” His eyes lit up like sunshine- from what Sandy tells me. He knew this was all an answer to prayer.
God is good!
My home life today is so different then I was one yrs. ago. It brings a big smile to my face when I see all my children running in the backyard playing, or making one of their motion pictures with the home video camera. The best part is when we get to sit at the table and study the word of God, and even enjoy it! This makes all the messes, arguments, and restless days all worth it. In this whole process I can honestly say I’ve lost nothing, but gained everything. I’ve actually gained more than I’ve given.
Here are some verses that are repeated in my home often:
Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Phip 1:6
“Choose you this day whom you will serve; but as for me and my house, we serve the Lord.” John 24:15
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matt 6:33
Trust in the Lord with all your heart lean not unto your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths. Prov 3:5