Guest post by Natalia, a homeschool mom
We’ve all had to face questions about homeschooling from outsiders.
“How do you do it?”
“Why not send them to school?”
“Do you think they will get into college?”
These are some of the most common questions posed, right? They have been asked of me, so I am sure you are asked the same. We have had to re-evaluate the answers to these three questions.
First, how do we do it?
We don’t some days. When we begin our day and invite the Holy Spirit in to our day with our family Bible time – then we succeed more fully. The conversations are more sweet, our hearts are more kind, and our ability to be patient is present. We even have teachable minds! Amazing.
Secondly, why not send them to school?
I fully believe that for this season – however long – God has called us to be home. To be together. To live more simply; to love more fully; and care for the relationships involved.
To keep the kids home means they get to see me working on my relationship with God.
They see me fail – in epic proportions – and fall onto my face in humble submission to the God we serve. They learn to work with each other. They are a living school environment.
Finally, do I think they will get into college?
That is a tough one. I attended college, and my husband had some college as well. What is the point in attending college? Do they all have to go?
Probably not. If God calls them into the mission fields of a developing country, will they need that BSA?
My husband and I will cross those bridges when they are in that realm. To ask questions about our “tomorrows” means we are trying to live for that day rather than in the gift of the present.
We are striving to follow Matthew 6:34 (NKJV): “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
So, I ask you: what is your purpose for homeschool? I reflect on the call of Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NKJV):
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Natalia has been married to her very best friend since 2007. They have three beautiful and very different children who they seek to school as God has called them. Natalia originally thought she would send her children for someone else to educate. After having her oldest attend the local public school through 2nd grade and realizing the rift it was creating, they prayerfully took the faith challenge to homeschool. God provided a ministry for her to teach within and a different environment for her children to learn. They have been schooling at home for three semesters.