Don’t worry, this is not another list of reasons of “why I’m thankful for homeschooling”. We all have our personal reasons as to why we are thankful for homeschooling. Some of mine are probably different from yours and more than likely we even share a few of the same reasons. That’s one of the many beauties of homeschooling that’s wonderful to discover as I talk with fellow homeschooling families.
Today I want to hopefully encourage you if you find yourself longing to be reminded of why you have chosen this journey for you and and your kids. There are many sacrifices that come with the decision to homeschool, your patience can be pushed to the limits, and if we’re all honest – there are days when we doubt if we can do this homeschooling adventure another year.
When difficulties and doubts like these start to creep into your heart and mind, I hope that you will silence them with thoughts and words of thankfulness and praise to God for the wonderful privilege and blessing that homeschooling our kids really is.
One sure way you can strengthen and encourage yourself when the days are difficult is by praying the Word of God over your homeschool. God is faithful to answer His Word when we pray it back to Him. We are told in Isaiah 55:11 that His Word will not return void.
Here are some of my favorite Scriptures to pray so that I can keep on homeschooling with a thankful heart.
Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord. (Psalm 127:3 CEV)
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time
we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9 NLT)
I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2 NIV)
For I am the Lord your God Who takes hold of your right hand and says to you
‘Do not fear; I will help you’. (Isaiah 41:13)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3 NIV)
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one
body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and
admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:15-16 ESV)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)
It is my prayer that during this season of giving thanks you will remember all the reasons why you are thankful for homeschooling. It’s also my prayer that during those difficult days we all know are sure to come, that you will pull out these Scripture verses and pray over them to encourage yourself to continue homeschooling with a thankful heart.
Laurie is a child of God, wife of 17 years to a wonderful husband, a mother to two beautiful children and one waiting in Heaven, and she is a homeschooling mom. Her desire is to be filled with the empowering presence of God, which enables her to be who He created her to be and to do what He has called her to do. God answers this prayer by giving Laurie grace-filled moments in this journey called “life”. You can find Laurie blogging at Grace-Filled-Moments