“Mom! He keeps sticking his foot on me!”
“Mom! Joey scribbled all over my schoolwork!”
“Mom! The baby stinks!”
“Mom! Nina spilled cereal all over the floor!”
“Mom! Hannah took ALL my colored pencils!”
“Mom! Can you make her stop singing? I can’t get my work done!”
“Mom! I’m hungry!”
“Mommy, I don’t wanna take a nap!”
“Mom! Where’s my soccer socks? I don’t have any left in the drawer.”
“Mom! I don’t get this math. It’s just too hard!”
“Mom! Have you seen my cleats? I can’t find them.”
“Hi Honey, I’m home! What’s for dinner?”
The homeschool war zone. There’s no question that some homeschool days are a real struggle. Battles between the children. Battles to get through the work for the day. Battles to keep up with the laundry and the house. To get dinner on the table. To remain positive ….. and patient…… In fact, just getting through the day, never mind getting any work done, can seem battle enough.
When the odds are against you… When the situation is overwhelming… When defeat seems imminent…. What can a homeschool mom do?
Preparing for Battle
Come Before the Lord: Jehoshaphat, one of the kings of Judah (5th in line decending from David) faced a similar situation. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20 he learns that a vast army is coming against him. According to scouts, they are already on their way, and are quite close to his kingdom, giving him little time to prepare for the attack. He could have rallied his men and prepared an intense training. He could have conscripted his blacksmiths to work over-time making weapons. He could have prepared chariots or fortified his boundaries. But instead he made the best decision of all. He resolved to “inquire of the Lord” (vs. 3).
Child of God, remember to come before your King and Lord each day. Start your day asking for His guidance to lead you as you homeschool your children.
Bring The Children Too: Knowing that this situation would affect the children of Israel, King Jehoshaphat decided to “proclaim a fast for all Judah” (vs 3). Fortunately the children of Israel answered his call. The Bible says they came from every town. In vs 13 it says that “All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.”
Child of God, after asking for God’s guidance for you, rally your children and come before the Lord. Show your children that you need to ask for His guidance together. Consider reading a Bible passage together each day before starting school, or going through a devotional book together.*
Stick With The Plan: After presenting the problem to the Lord in prayer, the Bible says the Spirit of the Lord came upon a man who gave God’s message to Jehoshaphat and the people. (vs 17) “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you…. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
It can be tempting after having several bad days (or weeks) of homeschooling to give up, to see Homeschooling as a giant too difficult to overcome. Child of God, don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up! If God has called you to homeschool your children, He surely has a plan for you!
Start With Worship: On the way to battle Jehoshaphat didn’t send his soldiers to spy on his enemy. He didn’t take a quiet, sneaky approach. Rather, he appointed “men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness …” (vs 21)
God loves it when we take time to sing to Him and thank Him for His Goodness. The praise songs of our children are especially sweet. Consider starting your school day with worship. Maybe your children can suggest some of their favorite songs to sing.
See God’s Deliverance: The Bible says that when Jehoshaphat and the men of Judah came to the battle they found that their enemy had already been defeated. Jehoshaphat’s only job was to carry off the plunder. (vs 25)
Child of God, remember that God still has a great plan for you and your family even when things look difficult or impossible. Follow the lesson plans. Work with your children. Teach and instruct them each day. Pray for wisdom and the help you need. Trust God. He is Good. If He has called you to homeschool and you are doing your best, you will eventually see His many blessings for the fruit of your labor. He will deliver you and your family as well.
* Here is a list of great books we’ve used for devotional time as a family:
- Pre K – 3: The Young Reader’s Bible (by Bonnie Bruno and Carol Reinsma)
- Pre K – 3: Wise Words for Little People by Kenneth Taylor
- 4th and up: The Bible
- 4th and up: One Year of Devotions for Boys
- 4th and up: One Year of Devotions for Girls
- 4th and up: One Year of Devotions for Boys Volume 2
- 4th and up: One Year of Devotions for Girls Volume 2
- Junior High & High School: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Copyright September 12, 2012 by Gwen Fredette