This is part nine of my Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling series. Find links to the other tips below.
Relying on the Lord
We live in a fallen world, so none of us can achieve perfection when it comes to educating our children at home. However, those who call upon the name of the Lord can draw on His perfection to give us strength. Here’s a few ways we chose to rely on the Lord.
- We tried to start every school day in God’s Word by setting aside time for devotions, bible study, and prayer. When they were little, this was a group activity. When they were older, this was a private quiet time for each of us.
- I often played instrumental hymns and worship music on low during school hours to remind us of the Lord’s presence in our home and nourish our bottomless souls. “I Need Thee Every Hour” couldn’t be truer than during a long day of homeschool.
- I kept a nearby prayer partner for those days when the rules, the hymns, and the lesson plans just weren’t working or my energy level was zapped. Fortunately for me, my prayer partner was Wendy, a dear friend and homeschooling mom who lived across the street. We frequently met on the sidewalk to pray for each other and our children. (If you don’t have a friend like Wendy across the street, pray for a phone friend. That works, too!)
- Last, I occasionally created a one-day spiritual retreat, where I could get away by myself to recapture my calling and vision for home education. Big picture planning and prayer was a must for me. I hope you get that opportunity.
Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling Series
- Living by the Week
- Simple Household Management
- Managing Meltdowns
- Homeschooling at Home
- Date-free Lesson Plans
- Keeping the Love Alive
- Navigating through Sibling Nonsense