Topic: Trust God
You Are Capable/You Got This!
My family recently relocated from another state. I made the decision, prior to this move, to homeschool while also transitioning from one professional area to another. This was supposed to be my time to teach my daughter one on one and also have the freedom and time to work diligently on something I was passionate about. I had much of the time planned in my head. I worked tirelessly to unpack boxes and establish our new home.
I realized I was pregnant a few weeks after moving. The new house was not completely set up but I was put on an extended timeout. My plans were curtailed for the foreseeable future.
True to my body, I was extremely ill. I cannot begin to describe my struggles. And the let down I felt when I was physically unable to complete many activities of daily living in the absence of assistance. I felt helpless, like an invalid, I felt defeated. I worried not only about the baby (eventually I learned I was carrying two babies), but also about my daughter and the education I was supposed to be providing for her. Would she learn anything at home? Would she be at grade level? Should I just give up and send her back to school? Would this Mama be good enough? I struggled physically and also emotionally. In those moments, day after day, month after month I leaned closer and closer to Jesus.
You may be experiencing an unexpected or difficult pregnancy. You may be embarking on homeschooling for the first time. You may be wondering if you have the wherewithal to effectively educate your child(ren) at home.
Our stories probably differ. You may not be dealing with any one of these scenarios. At the core however, the vast majority of us will face worry, doubt, anxiety, and/or fear related to educating our child(ren) at home. There really is no magic pill you can take to alleviate those feelings. Sometimes it’s helpful for us to feel those feelings. Those feelings are helpful to remind us of the importance of walking this journey in relationship. Relationship with God and relationship in a supportive community.
Guess what Mama? It’s okay if you don’t have this thing all worked out. God will meet you in the midst of your “mess”. I promise you, you are not the only one who is trying to figure things out. Trust Him to do the work. And yes, you were and still are the very best person for the job.
Meditation: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Reflection: Can you trust God in the midst of your worries, fears, anxieties, and agenda?
Write it down: Make a list of up to 10 things related to homeschooling in which you need God to lead you? (i.e. choosing a curriculum, finding a local homeschool community, determining your child’s learning style, etc.)
Be Social: Tag a homeschooling Mama or friend. Use the hashtags: #youcandoit #wegotthis #trustGod #allyourheart #royallyrelational #homeschoolingmama
Meditation: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 NLT
Reflection: How do you feel at the end of a homeschooling day? Think specifically about feeling words (i.e. happy, sad, disappointed, elated, tired, confused…)
Write it down: What are two specific things you need God’s strength to handle in your homeschooling journey? (i.e. your child’s demeanor, your relationship with your child)
Be Social: Tag a homeschooling Mama or friend. Use the hashtags: #youcandoit #wegotthis #strength #royallyrelational #homeschoolingmama
Meditation: ”For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
Reflection: In what aspects are you lacking discipline in your homeschool program? (i.e. developing and maintaining a daily schedule, establishing and utilizing accountability markers)
Write it down: What is one thing you will do differently tomorrow to work towards self-discipline?
Be Social: Tag a homeschooling Mama or friend. Use the hashtags: #youcandoit #wegotthis #selfdiscipline #royallyrelational #homeschoolingmama
Meditation: “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”
Psalms 56:3 NLT
Reflection: What are you most afraid of with respect to educating your child(ren) at home?
Write it down: How do you react when you are fearful?
Be Social: Tag a homeschooling Mama or friend. Use the hashtags: #youcandoit #wegotthis #notafraid #royallyrelational #homeschoolingmama
Meditation: “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.”
Psalms 9:10 NLT
Reflection: Who do you trust?
Write it down: What are some of the attributes which the people you trust possess?
Be Social: Tag a homeschooling Mama or friend. Use the hashtags: #youcandoit #wegotthis #royallyrelational #homeschoolingmama
Meditation: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 NLT
Reflection: Will you allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with joy, peace, and confident hope?
Write it down: What do you need to do differently to allow God to work in your life?
Be Social: Tag a homeschooling Mama or friend. Use the hashtags: #youcandoit #wegotthis #hope #royallyrelational #homeschoolingmama
Meditation: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NLT
Reflection: What is one word of discouragement you often speak to yourself?
Write it down: Review your reflection notes. Consider the Scriptures you read and meditated on this week. What is God saying to you?
Be Social: Tag a homeschooling Mama or friend. Use the hashtags: #youcandoit #wegotthis notdiscouraged #royallyrelational #homeschoolingmama