Homeschooling is hard. I don’t think anyone- even those who don’t homeschool – would argue that. It isn’t what a lot of people think it is. We don’t just sit at home in our pj’s watching educational television and hope for the best. No, there are days that we cry- me and my child. There are days that I wonder how I am going to make it through. There are days I question my calling into this homeschooling journey. Yet, I have found 7 verses that have been such an encouragement to my heart and soul on days that are hard.
7 Verses to Encourage the Heart (and Soul) of a Homeschooling Mom
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5
Child are a reward. A gift from God. If anyone knows that – it is me. Infertility makes me more blessed for the heritage and reward I have been given. Yet, even for me, there are days when I wonder if this is a reward. There are days that I feel like I am losing the battle – and that at the end of this parenting journey, I won’t have strength to send the arrows from our quiver. Yet, that is what God has called us to do. To raise these children and to draw back and shoot these arrows from my home. Shoot them out into a world that is dark and that doesn’t love Jesus. In those moments, I remember why I am homeschooling. I am gaining more time with my children -redeeming time. I am redeeming time they would spend away from me, and instead using that time to pour into not just their brains, but their spirits.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15-12-13
Jesus reminds us that we would lay our lives down for our friends- that is the greatest love. The love He showed for us on the Cross. This is the same thing that propels me in my homeschooling. Yes, there are sacrifices I am making for homeschooling. We don’t always go on fancy vacations- because I don’t work outside the home anymore. We don’t do some things other families do – because I choose to lay my life down – for the calling Jesus has put on my life to homeschool for this season, and for the love that I have for my children.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
There is so much I could share about this verse- we just studied it in Sunday School. It isn’t as cookie cutter as it sounds. Joshua knew by the children of Israels actions that they would turn from following God. He knew His family would be alone in their service. We need to guard our children if they are going to serve the Lord. That doesn’t mean put them in a bubble- but we can protect them. We can make sure that their environment is one where they can see God served. This goes great with our next verses….
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
It is so important that we teach our children how to renew their mind so they can discern the will of God. Yes, there is a sacrifice for us to be homeschool moms- but it is part of our worship.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
So many read this verse and think – “We have to train our kids to love God” – and then they think there is a cookie cutter way to do it. There is no cookie cutter parenting- or homeschooling. The verses says we should train up a child “in the way he should go“. Each child’s “way” is different. That is why 2 of my children are in public school and one is homeschooled. Each of them have a different way – and it is all through the ONE WAY – Jesus Christ. Yet, the discipline and teaching methods – just as the ways they feel love- are different for each child.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
I could write a whole blog series on this topic- and I did – and even put it in an ebook. When we were wrestling with our decision to homeschool – this verse just kept echoing over and over in our minds.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John1:4
This last verse. It is why I do all that I do – and why I don’t do all that I don’t do. My joy will be found in when my children are walking in truth. When they are arrows that can be shot in this world.
I hope these verses were an encouragement to you. I have made them into a simple printable that you can keep. Hang them by your bathroom mirror, your homeschool room – wherever you need to have the encouragement. You are not alone.