Posted by Bob and Kathy Ridpath (NC) on Friday, 20 March 1998, at 3:14 p.m.
Homeschooling is much more than a substitute for school academics. Homeschooling gives us needed time and strengthens our commitment to teach and train our children in the ways of the Lord. As wives, mothers and homeschool teachers, we can't be worried about covering every subject, checking off every planned activity, using every obtained workbook or textbook, or reading every book we put or find on a reading list.
Eccl 3:1 says, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven." We may not get to that neat study on weather, but, if we are trusting in God's Word and walking in His will, the lessons being learned are the ones that matter here and now and eternally. Let's not worry ... "which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?" (Matt 6:27) but let's trust God's timing and plan for us.
I think some of the "easy" lessons while homeschooling ... learning to seek the God's will for our homeschool direction, to trust Him when circumstances ruin *our* best laid plans, getting frustrated over a children learning to read, etc. ... these are lessons that can start building our perseverance & character & hope to get us through much tougher trials in our lives.
Eccl 3:11 says, "He has made everything beautiful in *its time*. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end." Eccl 11:5 follows that up by saying, "As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes *everything*."
Let us, instead of feeling defeated by unfinished checklists or workbooks left untouched, let us rejoice in the lessons learned, the growth of our faith, the Lord's omnipresence in our lives as "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Rom 8:28)
I just finished a chapter called "The Discipline of Time" from Elisabeth Elliot's book, _Discipline: The Glad Surrender_. She reminds us,
"Demands on our time differ, of course, and it is here that the disciple must refer to his Master. What do You want me to do, Lord? There will be time, depend on it, for *everything* God wants us to do."
He was the One who called us to homeschool our children, He knew the circumstances our families would face each year, and He equips us to do all that we need to do each and every year!! He can also give each one of us the desire of our heart, whether it is a desire to know Him more fully, to cover more subjects and topics the rest of the year, to grow closer as a family!! WOW! We serve an awesome God! Look up, dear friends, and praise Him! Have a great weekend!!