Updated: Jun 4, 2019
Some of the angst over the coming new homeschool year has already started. How will we do this with a newborn in the mix? What will this look like? Will my almost 5 year old be able to read on his own in the timeframe I need him to? Will my second grader be okay? I don't want to neglect her. She's so capable but still needs me... All the things...
Parenting is hard enough. Add homeschool to that, and you have another level of difficulty that desperately requires wisdom from Him and complete dependence. God has used my kids and homeschooling to teach me to fully depend on Him. I am so grateful for our surrounding village of homeschoolers who are nothing short of amazing. But in the day to day, He must be the one I cling to.
This summer, my struggle with interruptions has become apparent. We all have days when we feel like we're failing, but some of the exhaustion I've experienced this summer just from being pregnant has been a real struggle to teach through! God bless you public school teachers with classrooms of 20 or more! I can't even... In his faithfulness to reveal this to me, I know it's something I'm going to have to be intentional about getting in front of before the day begins.
Many of our days have had interruptions due to summer plans, and my four year olds inability to sit still for more than 20 minutes at a time. And I've had no choice but to surrender in those moments to His willingness to meet me in the weaknesses and struggles of each day. My kids are learning a lot about prayer because they hear me do it aloud multiple times a day! See... blessings in the interruptions.
May I encourage you to let go of the anxiety of interruption and just freely rest in the gospel truth that this does not all depend on you? He's been unveiling simple truths about His grace that have been my lifeline. Just as He cares more about my heart in this faith journey with Him than my head knowledge, so I as a homeschool mom should be more concerned with the hearts of my children, than academics. And I can't pour into their hearts in such a way that they'll receive if I am anxious and frantic over interruptions.
So, here's to embracing interruptions this new school year. Lots of them. And to remembering that this time we've been given to invest, teach, and train them for the Lord is for an ETERNAL purpose and nothing more.
The One who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He'll do it. ~1 Thessalonians 5:24