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God Has a Plan for Your Homeschool

God Has a Plan for Your Homeschool

gods planI love teaching my children. I like reading to them, talking to them, asking questions, seeing things from their viewpoint, watching them discover.

There was I time I didn’t love homeschooling–because I was swimming in fear and worry. But the years have passed and God has proven to me that He is sufficient and I can trust Him.

I can schedule by faith with confidence because God is reliable. He has consistently shown me–over and over–His grace, His mercy, His dependability. God promised to strengthen and equip me; to guide me in every situation; to meet all my needs; and never to leave me. He has consistently kept these promises even when I have not trusted Him.

He patiently teaches me to follow Him by mercifully giving me the same lessons over and over. I am thankful for the lessons and the growth from them. It isn’t about who we are or our strengths and abilities; it’s about God’s strength and abilities.

Clarence Cranford delightfully illustrates prayer and faith as wind in a sail:

A Faith Parable

A sailor was telling a small boy about the sea. He mentioned the wind. “What’s wind?” asked the little boy. “I don’t know what wind is,” replied the sailor, “but I know what it does when I raise a sail.” We now know a lot about how to chart the wind’s course, but we still can’t see it; we can only see what it does. So it is with God’s Spirit. We can’t see it; we can only see what it does in the lives of those who put their trust in God. The winds of God’s grace are always blowing, but we must raise the sail of faith if we want them to propel us toward deeper peace and joy. Prayer is lifting our sails to the winds of God’s wisdom and power. We do not tell the wind which way to blow. We learn how to adjust our sail to the wind so it can propel us in the right direction. In prayer we do not tell God how to act. Instead, we lift our praise and concerns so God can fill us with a deeper sense of God’s presence and help us steer toward the answer God has in store for us.

Many homeschool mothers want their curriculum plan so laid out that they know what to do every minute of the day. It would be easy to know the charted course beforehand and depend on a wind that never changes and that would effortlessly take you to your destination! But God doesn’t work that way. He wants you to depend on Him moment by moment.

A sailboat without a sail is only driftwood. It is completely dependent upon the wind for its direction and progress. Every morning, before you open your eyes or get out of bed, go to God in prayer. Boldly raise your sail of faith to catch God’s sweet Holy Spirit. Ask God to direct your navigation in uncharted waters—come to Him thankfully, willingly, humbly, and absolutely convinced that He is going to propel you in the right direction. The wind is strong—you need only to rightly position your sail for strength and speed. Throughout the day continue to ask Him to direct you. Leave your sails up, and let the Holy Spirit guide your boat. Whenever you feel weary, remember Christ’s invitation, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). God will guide your boat and help you weather all storms. Bring to Him any concerns you have, and leave them with Him as you sail toward the destination God has charted for you.

If you do not raise your sail, you have two other choices: aimlessly drift, or row your boat without a rudder or compass to give direction; and the results will be disappointing, if not disastrous. Drifting will take you wherever the current of the world goes. Rowing—that is, trying to make progress by your flesh—is just as perilous, because you don’t know what the destination is or how to get there, so any rowing effort will be in vain. If you don’t let God chart your course, you can end up rowing in circles or into dangerous waters. Jonah tried to go his own way instead of following God’s direction. He ran from God’s will and caused a storm that almost sank the ship he was on, then was thrown into the sea and swallowed by a giant fish. But even after his disobedience, when he repented, God graciously guided Jonah and brought him back on course. Use wisdom and allow God to direct you the first time. Don’t cause Him to have to use drastic measures to get you to the proper destination.

It is interesting that the word knowledge has a Hebrew root that describes skill in sailing (2 Chronicles 8:18). Your faith will grow daily as you gain knowledge of God’s Word. The more Word you have in you, the easier it will be to raise and position your sail. You will be starting your homeschooling each day studying in His Word–reading stories of how faithful God is in every situation, opportunity, and decision. Read Hebrews chapter 11—each person in this faith chapter did something because they believed God.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17). This says that faith comes from hearing the Word of God; faith grows by hearing more of the Word, and by applying it and trusting God—watching, waiting, and honoring Him by refusing to indulge thoughts of fear (worry, anxiety, dread, apprehension, etc.).

Charles Stanley said, “When we meditate on God and remember the promises He has given us in His Word, our faith grows, and our fears dissolve. David understood that. Many times, in the caves hiding from Saul and with from six thousand to twenty thousand men searching for him, David quietly shifted his attention to God. Under the stars or in the darkness of the caves, David focused his attention on [the] God who had equipped him to slay Goliath, who had given him swiftness of body and keenness of mind. He remembered God who had allowed him to avoid Saul’s javelin. As he fixed [the eyes of] his inner man on God, his fears and frustrations were soothed by the presence of God. We [will] have our own cave and javelin experiences, and we need to remember His wonderful promises in them.”

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God has a design in mind for your homeschool—for you and every member of your family. There are no accidents. He is working in ways unknown to us to bring goodness and hope out of every situation. We must choose to believe that God keeps His promises. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Anything that is not of faith is sin, because if faith is not our motivation, then by default the fear and pride of the flesh are our motivation, and that’s sin.

Remember that God has a special plan for your family, and that it will be different from other families. Don’t dwell on the hours you put in and how that compares to others’ schedules. This carnal thought pattern can produce either pride or resentment. Focus instead on the wonderful and unique way God is preparing your family. Each night as you pray, ask yourself what your motivation was for the day. Was it to obey God and serve Him by using the gifts and talents He has given you? Or did you try to fulfill objectives outlined by the world, or another person, or a school district? It’s so easy to do the latter—I know from experience.

God is in control of your life, ruling over all. He knows your abilities and your weaknesses. He knows your children and their needs. Turn your focus to Christ and place your trust in His might and love. He will never let you down. When we rely on Him we will have chosen that good part, which will not be taken away” (Luke 10:42). Absolutely nothing—neither problems, nor circumstances—can take away the wonderful peace and assurance that result from trusting God. Lift your sails to the winds of God’s wisdom and power and watch the great and powerful things He will provide.

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.—2 Thessalonians 1:3.

Portions of the above are from The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach

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32 comments

  1. Bless you, I enjoyed this post.

  2. What a lovely post and full of such wisdom.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  3. Thank you for sharing. You’re right…God wants us to lean on Him moment by moment. That’s what walking by faith is all about. Trusting Him for the next step. Blessings on your weekend.

  4. Dear Robin, What a beautiful post…truly something that I needed to read. This is my last blog to read tonight, as I am heading to bed in Japan. I followed your link from my blog and am so very thankful to have read this tonight. I am inspired to begin my devotional time in Hebrews tomorrow and to really take the time to ask God what He plans for us each day. I cannot express to you how deeply your post touched me. I think God used it to directly pierce my heart. I am new to blogging and He has led me to the most amazing women who are so encouraging and uplifting. I will be back to visit your blog again! Be Blessed!!

  5. Oh, I so needed this. I needed to hear that God has a design for our homeschooling. I am one who likes to control the day myself, especially now with a toddler and infant to care for. Thanks for the encouragement and the reminder that God is sufficient! I need to read your book when I have the time!!

  6. Dear Robin,

    I enjoyed reading your post on being thankful for God’s faithfulness with your homeschooling. I am so glad that God is a constant, always the same, whether we are or not. He is soooo awesome. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend. Sincerely, Serving Him

  7. Dear Robin,

    What a wonderful post. Being a Homeschooling Mom I needed that. You are so wonderful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

    In his endless love,

    Angel ( Angel Mama)

  8. Oh yeah girl! Let’s set sail and go wherever the wind blows! That’s our motto for this season of our life that God has placed us in!
    And yes, a PJ Party in Heaven would be awesome!

  9. Excellent thoughts! I wish I had homeschooled my kids – I never even thought of it back then.

  10. I think that is wonderful and up-lifting post for home-schooling, which can also be applied to every day life. I usually pray before me feet hit the floor. Those days I do it are much more peaceful.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Be blessed today and always.

  11. That was beautiful. I am one that likes to have things planned out for our homeschool year, but I also know that nothing ever goes as planned. This year has been crazy for us, but the Lord has provided so many teaching opportunities. I am grateful that the Lord uses us at our weakest.

  12. I love this whole way of schooling!
    Thank you for all your sharing and wisdom!

    Blessings!

  13. What a lovely post! So inspiring, not just for homeschoolers but parents in general.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings~

  14. Michelle

    Thank-you for this post. I needed to read it desperatley. I really love the sail boat analogy. ~Blessings Michelle

  15. God Bless you and thanks for sharing wonderful post

  16. Awesome post. I’m going to print this one out for some friends who don’t read blogs.

  17. Great article, it inspired & motivated me,
    Thank a lot,
    May God Bless You,
    Tracy ho
    Wisdom Getting Loaded

  18. Robin,
    Thanks for such an inspiring read. It led me on a very introspective walk. One that was much needed and wanted. And it was also an answer to a recent prayer for the Lord to lead me, yet again, as I begin planning for a new school year.
    Thank you for your insight, wisdom, and sharing. God’s richest blessings,
    Janet

  19. Thanks Robin for reminding me of something I know so well….but often forget. He’s in control, not I. As we’re preparing to start our new school year, I was doubting my ideas and thoughts of what we should be about. Now I see that I don’t have to worry…Papa will direct me as we’re going. It’ll all work out in His time and we’ll do fine. Thank you. Shalom, Spitfire

  20. This is such an encouraging post! I’m not quite homeschooling yet (my oldest will be turning three soon, after which I plan to begin starting her pre-school activities at home, but I have been praying about it. Your words are very timely!

  21. Thank you so much for reminding me to raise my sails in the direction God wants me to go.

  22. Wonderful post, makes you want more and more from Jesus. God bless you and your loved ones.

  23. Good reminder, Robin and so beautifully written. It seems I need to pull out HOW again and get myself refocused on the right things. Thank you.

  24. I agree with you. Reliance on God is the key to success in our homeschool. This article is a great reminder of that fact and it is an encouragement to me to read it.

  25. I love this Robyn,
    So very encouraging to keep working in our mothering ministry. Now that my kids are becoming teenagers i see that talking to them is becoming a big part in parenting. I try my best to bring God’s word into situations that they can see what the truth is and not be led astray. Beautiful post!
    Blessings,
    Eren

  26. Dear Robin, that was an excellent story! Thank you for this post and what a great blog. I am so happy that God’s love is constant and he is always loving us no matter what. Shows that no matter who you are God has a plan for you! Thanks once again.

  27. Hi Robin,

    Somewhere along the line I must have signed up for your email list because I just got an update of your blog posts. So, nice to meet you:-)

    What a wonderful blog you have and I loved this post. We homeschooled our kids for ten years. Now they are in their 20’s.

    I just love this statement: I can schedule by faith with confidence because God is reliable. He has consistently shown me–over and over–His grace, His mercy, His dependability. We can apply this, not only to homeschooling, but all other areas of our lives.

    Thanks for sharing!

  28. Thank you so much for such an encouraging post! Being brand new to homeschooling I needed this. My second day was horrible for both me and my son. I obviously had not raised my sail and asked the Holy Spirit to fill it and direct it! (The rest of the week did go better!)
    Blessings to you!

  29. Genary

    Thank you.

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