Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 (NIV)
And to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles. -I Thessalonians 3:3 (NLT)
Times of crisis are inevitable. How we respond to those times is what makes the difference. So how does this apply to homeschooling? I want to share with you two of my personal stories today.
About 5 years ago, my husband came home one day with the news that his company no longer had enough work to support his salary. We had a 5 year-old and a two-year old and I was enjoying minimal part-time nursing work and teaching our eldest at home. I had carefully planned our school year and was nearing the end of the first semester of Kindergarten with him. This was a difficult time for us. My husband’s employer hoped that the work would pick up at his engineering firm in the next couple of months. We decided for me to go to work full-time as a nurse at the hospital for a few months until he was able to go back to work. The “couple of months” turned into a year and then God opened the door for a new job for my husband.
During that time, I had to let go of some of my dreams to be a stay-at-home mom and my husband did the homeschooling on days while I was sleeping. It was a difficult time, but as I look at it from the other side, I see so many memories that I treasure. Mornings when I would get home from work and the kids would tuck me into bed. My husband helping out around the house and being relaxed and enjoying time with the boys. He started taking over the laundry then and he is still doing the majority of it five years later. He was able to lead our eldest son to the Lord during that time. God allows trials to mold us and make us into the vessels He desires. If we can learn to let go of our plans and let the Lord lead during times of crisis, we can see His hand in the situation later.
My second story is from my childhood experiences. I grew up as a home schooled student. My parents were part of the homeschool movement in the early 80’s. I was raised in a loving, nurturing home with godly parents. They wanted a houseful of children, but God allowed us to go through the loss of 4 siblings over the years to premature birth. We lost several other close family members to death during my childhood as well as having two grandparents live with us over the years. I watched my parents homeschool through many crises over the years and I learned from their example and my life experience that even in the rough times when learning is far from your abilities as a parent. When your own grief is enabling you to only pick up one foot after the other, God is carrying us in His arms and the lessons that we learn in the valley cannot be compared to the lessons taught in textbooks. I am the person I have become today by the grace of God and because of the trials I have come through. I believe it has made me a more beautiful person. I became a hospice nurse out of the loss I experienced through my life.
This is all that I have to share at this time. Last year, I participated in an interview with Judy Dudich of Homeschool Faith and Family Life. If you would like to hear my testimony of my life as a homeschool student you can listen to the interview at the link below:
If you would like to read more stories about homeschooling during a crisis, check out the posts here
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