Oh what a relief it is.
Tell about something you’ve struggled with and how God’s mercies gave us the strength to get past it. Also, share any curriculum/homeschool methods that have been a relief to you, i.e., a particular Teacher’s Manual or Homeschooling method that’s been easier for your family. Talk about how you felt when the burden was lifted and Oh, What a Relief it is!
This week’s Memory Verse:
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
There have been many struggles over the past five years with our homeschooling lifestyle. One that has been especially difficult is my desire to ‘cover it all’. How quickly we often forget that we didn’t learn everything we know in 12 years of school. It has taken many years beyond grade school to acquire the knowledge that we have of our world. Sometimes I lose sight of that and try to teach the kids everything I have learned about a particular subject. Well, as you can imagine, that goes over well. After about 10 minutes of what I think are interesting tidbits and fascinating facts, glazed expressions of boredom paint their faces and the dust bunny in the middle of the floor becomes a welcome distraction. Through the years God has helped me learn to let up a bit and have the kids direct the conversations when it comes to sharing more information. He uses many things to curb my enthusiasm to do it all, including my children reining me in when I get off on a tangent. I think He also uses my issue with time to help me stay focused: less time, less trivia pursuit. He has helped me keep my eye on Him with the simplicity of just spending time with the kids exploring what interests them thus preparing them for what He has planned and not what I desire them to do. This has brought a lot of peace to my heart knowing that I don’t have to teach them everything, and that nurturing their passions is more important than trying to stuff their minds with every little thing that crosses my path. This is definitely an ongoing process.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.