FEB
07
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Homeschooling Enrichment series!

Before we move on, I’d like to take a minute to talk about Homeschooling as a Ministry to our family. In order to do that I think we need to reflect on who we are in Christ Jesus.

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You are a minister to your family: If you can’t tell by now, our 10 days of enrichment journey starts with you! Many of us may think of a minister as a pastor. A minister is defined as “One who acts under the orders of another or who is employed by another to execute his purposes.” Who is our employer? Whose orders are we acting under? Really there are 2 choices here: 1: our own and 2. God’s. Once we recognize that God has blessed us with these children and has given us the tools needed to complete the task at hand, the whole prospect is not so overwhelming.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 “And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

We are called as homeschoolers to minister to our children on 24/7 basis, if it helps we can consider them as disciples. As a homeschooler we can be challenged from all kinds of external and internal sources. We can doubt ourselves, compare ourselves and our children to others, get discouraged by daily trials, face criticism from family and friends. And we can pass that discouragement on to our children as well.

Think about Christ and His disciples. They were continually whining, complaining, and arguing over who was greater. Sound familiar? If your house is anything like mine, that describes it to a T! What was Jesus’ response to his disciples? Did He lose his temper and yell at them? No, He patiently explained, over and over and over again. He was training them, ministering to them, and encouraging them based on God’s Word.

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God has placed these children in our care, not someone else’s. He has given them to us to train up in righteousness. No matter how many times we may fail, yell, be inconsistent in our discipline we can rest in the fact that God knows us! He did not make a mistake in giving these kids to us! He knows our strengths, weaknesses, and that we cannot homeschool without Him. We will fail if we are striving to complete this task in our flesh. We must have the Lord to lean on and to seek for guidance, support and strength. And sister, if you haven’t been dependent upon God before now, homeschooling will kick you right over to the other side where you will finally realize you can do nothing apart from Him!

As John 15:5 tells us “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

And the blessing for our abiding in Christ…”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

So…if we view our homeschool as a ministry to our family that will change our perspective. It’s not a daily burden, or a chore we need to complete before we can check our email. It is a ministry of love! Ladies (and gentlemen) we have the blessed honor of training up our children in righteousness 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Their bad attitudes during math are actually a wonderful opportunity for us to teach them about perseverance!

But…before we can carry out God’s love and vision for our homeschool, I think it’s important to remember who we are in God’s eyes and what our real purpose is in homeschooling our children.

Today’s Challenge:

As a minister to your family, what is God’s plan for you as a homeschooler and parent? Take some time today to remind yourself who you are in Christ. (I realize this is geared towards mom’s, but really can be applied to any parent.)

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Abiding Mom

Does

Is (Psalm 46:10)

Tries to impress others

Pleases the Lord (Eph. 5:10, Proverbs 29:25)

Is controlled by an agenda (curriculum, schedule, etc)

Is controlled by the Holy Spirit: (Gal. 5:22-26) (Uses curriculum & schedules as tools for orderliness so she’s more free to follow the spirit)

Her self worth is found in her accomplishments (clean house, perfect kids, the perfect bulletin boards, etc.)

Her self worth is found in an accurate view of who she is in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:10)

Her peace is found in the “perfect” environment

Her peace is found in Jesus in the midst of any storm (Is 26:3)

She is discouraged by failure

Failure reminds her that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

She expects perfection from herself and others

She practices grace with herself and others (Eph 4:32)

She teaches her kids to be good

She teaches her kids to be Godly (Proverbs 22:6)

She is frustrated with her lack of spiritual fruit

She abides in Christ and bears much fruit (John 15:5)

She does things with her children

She builds a relationship with her children (Deut 6:6-7)

Her perspective is based on what is seen

Her perspective is based on what is unseen (Col 3:2)

She chooses quantity of activities

She chooses the most excellent Way (I Cor 13)

Her kids may recall how busy she always is.Her children rise and call her blessed. (Prov. 31:28)

Click here for a printable version

I know you’ve all read it before, but now might be a good time to revisit the Proverbs 31 woman

Stick around tomorrow for Day 3 of Homeschooling Enrichment where we’ll be talking about discipline!

Note: Some of the ideas from today came from an awesome bible study on parenting that my husband and I have just started which I’d highly recommend going through, plus it’s FREE online at “Parenting as a Ministry”.



Be sure to visit these brilliant women in this 10 days adventure between February 7th-18th! We love these ladies and we know you do too.

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Comments

  1. thanks for sharing this.. great reminder too..

  2. This lifted me up. I soooooo needed to hear this right now.

  3. Really enjoyed this. I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and you've been a great inspiration to me as I start homeschooling my kids. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Oh, Erica. How I needed this boost of encouragement today! I couldn't sleep a wink last night as I thought about how I was slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to become angry yesterday. I've sobbed and sobbed about my impatience and frustration. Thank you for the reminders of God's power in our lives AND for being honest that you have these moments, too. Sometimes it just helps to know that someone else – even someone I admire – struggles with discouraging moments, too. Thank you.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm following the 10 days of homeschooling enrichment as well as some of the other 10 days adventures. I can't send my toddlers to regular preschool due to health problems so I'll be homeschooling them. Your blog posts are a great help in preparing me for this ministry. May the Lord continue to bless you as you are a wonderful blessing to all of us.

  6. Thanks for sharing this! I needed the reminder today.

  7. Wonderful post! Thank you so much! Even though we are taking a hiatus from homeschooling this year I found this post wonderfully encouraging.

  8. I love it. Good stuff. Thanks for the encouragement and the reminder that this is a ministry!

  9. Great! Thanks! I would add that we are also under the "orders" of our husbands. Not that my husband should be considered my task master, but that by order of creation, I am his helper, created to assist and support him. It's an awesome thing to be so tight with the boss! And as much as I know he is as flawed as I am, it's great to know I can patiently seek my Father's face for wisdom when there is a conflict in parenting or management styles. I need to remember that I will answer for how well I served my husband, while he will answer for how he directed his household.

  10. Love it!!!

  11. Amazing!! Love it!!! Can I post this to my blog with a link to yours?

  12. Wonderful! Thank you SO MUCH for this blog. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Printing off that chart and sticking somewhere that I'll always see it… maybe 3 somewheres :) Thanks!

  13. How annointed! I truly needed to not only find your blog, but am renewed by your words this morning!!!!! What a great teacher, gifted woman after Jesus' heart, and inspiring to homeschooling mothers, and women! Thank you!!!

  14. This series is great. Thanks for the reminder as to why I stay home with the kids. Although I do not have homeschool here, I do have a home daycare.

  15. LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!

  16. Thank you so much for this. I needed to hear it TODAY. God is truly working through you.

  17. thank you! Definitely printing this one!

  18. THANK YOU!!!I just sat down and said "let me go onto confessions to see whats new!! – this post truly encouraged me. I really like the part "And we can pass that discouragement on to our children as well." how true!! We can even pass the yelling and bickering… thank you for reminding me why and for who I do this. You are such a blessing in my life… and I dont even know you!! Thank you for being to honest and open and for allowing God to work through you to bless so many moms (and dads)… you are really being used by God to help "my ministry" be GREAT FOR HIS GLORY!!! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!! Cant wait till tomorrow!!Monica Godoy

  19. Wow… this post came at the exact moment that I needed to hear it. I'm a brand new follower as a result of a link from Moms by Heart (a frugal blog that I follow). I'm a mom of 3 and currently quite discouraged with how homeschooling is going for us. I looked at the chart and could check off each and every one from the "super Mom" side. Whew. Thank you so much, and I'm adding you to my Google Reader. What a great site!

  20. Wow! Good stuff, Erica! I'm taking that challenge!

  21. I am really enjoying this so far. Thank you for takeing the time to remind us who we are and why.

  22. Hi,You have a lovely blog. I do think however, that your "Super Mom-Abiding Mom" is judgemental. Not all families homeschool for religious reasons, and not all homeschoolers are Christian. There are Jewish, athiest, Muslim and agnostic homeschoolers too, and they are not beneath Christian homeschoolers. Americans come in many shapes and forms. Just a thought..Sarah

  23. Melanie: Absolutely a wonderful addition! Yes, our husbands are the head of the house and should have a part in the homeschooling as well. I have to say that our school started going much better when my husband stepped in and got involved more! I also felt less pressure because we are now making decisions together, so if something doesn't work it's not all on me and we can discuss to change it! So much less stressful!

  24. This is so great! I have loved following your blog and this homeschool enrichment has been my favorite ! Thanks for the reminder

  25. Thanks you so much for this post! I'm nearly in tears – I needed this reminder on why we're doing this. I too often fall into the "super mom" category in my efforts and thoughts. I'm printing this one to read often. Thank you, and may the Lord bless you and your family! My kids LOVE your printables, too, btw!

  26. Thanks for the awesome post. After I had an absolutely horrendous day, I can say that I truly was not walking with the Lord, and seeking to push my own agenda rather than my Fathers. Bless you!Heather

  27. Just trying to get caught up on some emails after a rough week. This specific blog post has blessed me in more ways than you'll ever know. Thank you.Krista

  28. Wow, such a blessing. I have been in a bit of a low patch lately and I couldn't figure out why. You hit the nail right on the head. I am printing out that page and putting in on my wall – I might need one in each room! Thank you.

  29. Wow, great thoughts on your blog…today was Day 2 for us of our new homeschooling journey and I must say that, well..I”ve never been so discouraged! Definitely trying to be ‘super Mom’ that’s for sure!!
    Anyway, after reading your blog I realize I need to allow for more time to abide in Him. Need to surrender to His leading and focus more on building relationships.
    In the meantime I’m still trying not to drown in discouragment today. Time to read some more blogs & hoping for more inspiration :)

  30. All I have to say is “Thank you from the bottom of my heart”

  31. What a blessing! Thank you…I’m taking notes to be able to reflect back on this!

  32. Thank you for this encouraging post and the free printable! What a blessing it was for me today! I will tack this up in my kitchen where I can see it all the time! God bless you!

  33. A real blessing. Thank you for sharing. I had a tough day today and even though I handled it better than in the past, I feel like the Lord is calling me higher. Your post came as a clarifying statement to what I was already feeling called to be in my heart.

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