How to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

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So, you are called to homeschool.  You jump in with both feet (or maybe you feel like you’ve been drug in kicking and screaming).  Either way, your trucking along on this homeschool journey, and then BAM!  You hit the inevitable wall of discouragement, frustration, fear, feeling like a failure, or maybe just wanting to give up. What do you do in those moments?  How do you guard your heart and mind from going there? How can we as homeschool moms, stay encouraged while homeschooling? Here are 5 things that have helped me, over the past 6 years, to stay encouraged while homeschooling my children…

  1. Stay in the Word and in prayer, consistently.  When I let this slide, everything else gets out of whack.  And inevitably, a door is opened for those “not from the Lord” thoughts and feelings of failure, discouragement, lack of direction, & fear to creep in.  Before you know what hit you, you are “going there.”  Wherever “there” is for you.  If we are not keeping the Lord as our #1 priority and focus, we are sure to feel the weight of discouragement in our homeschool journey.  Not to mention, Jesus is our ultimate encouragement!!  He loves us, and truly cares for us more than anyone else can or will!  His arms are the only perfect place to turn for encouragement in this homeschool journey, or in life for that matter.  “Pray without ceasing” 1Thess 5:17
  2. Spend time with other homeschool moms.  God can use a  friend or a group of friends who homeschool to be such an encouragement to your heart.  There is something so refreshing in knowing you are truly not alone.   Sharing thoughts, ideas, what’s working/not working, frustrations, fears, joys, triumphs – all of it – with another homeschool mom can give your heart that extra dose of encouragement it needed.  If you don’t have any friends who homeschool close by, talk with one on the phone, or utilize the world wide web, and the many resources at your fingertips to connect with other homeschool moms that way.  I believe that, if  it’s at all possible, finding a friend you can actually talk with face to face is going to be the most beneficial to your soul.  But, if not, ask the Lord for this, and trust that He can use anything He pleases to encourage your heart!!  “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Prov 27:17
  3. Have you made a list of reasons you homeschool?  If not, do it. Now.   Then, in those moments when you feel like giving up, like there is no way you can continue this journey, and you need encouragement to press on – go back to those reasons. I can’t tell you how much God has used this to encourage my own heart during the times when I didn’t know if I could continue.  That is why it is so important to have solid reasons for homeschooling.  My #1 reason?  God has called me to do this.  No doubt in my mind.  He has called me.  Why do you homeschool?  Remind yourself, and allow the Lord to solidify these convictions in your heart.  “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14
  4. Attend an encouraging Homeschool Conference. Listen to broadcasts or MP3’s of homeschool speakers.  Read encouraging homeschool blog posts.  Fill your cup to overflowing.  Attending an encouraging Homeschool conference is one of the huge things the Lord uses to fill me up, and prepare me for the year ahead.  I need to be recharged, encouraged, fed, convicted, built up, and equipped.  This year, I received that when I attended the wonderful Teach Them Diligently convention in Omaha.  And while the large conventions are over for this year, there is still the opportunity to attend TTD Marketplaces  in several locations across the US.  These smaller scale events will also be offering so much of that same wonderful encouragement poured out at the conventions.  If a conference or mini-conference just isn’t possible this year, I would highly recommend taking a mini-retreat, alone for(at least) a day.  Use that time to spend with the Lord, and to listen to some encouraging speakers through MP3’s or other broadcast, and/or read several encouraging homeschool blog posts.  There are so many wonderful ones out there.  Pinterest is a great tool for finding these.  “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Col  2:6
  5. Take a break.  Sometimes, what you might just need, is a break.  Often we feel like we have to go 90 to nothing, and get it all done.  You’d be amazed at what a little time off can do for your soul.  Relax, refresh, and renew your spirit in the Lord.  Go out and have FUN with your kids.  Really let loose, and have FUN!  Enjoy them!  Enjoy life!  Let yourself enjoy this beautiful journey the Lord has you on!  “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-29

For more posts on How to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling – check out all the wonderful posts linked up over at the Teach Them Diligently blog!

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