Dear Warrior Homeschool Mom,
So, how was your school year? Did it go the way you expected? It rarely ever does; at least that’s my experience.
Maybe you school year-round and you’re in the throes of forging ahead through the Summer months…Or possibly you’re exploring the world of homeschooling to see if it would be a good fit for your family. May I be so bold as to say that if you’re investigating the idea–I’m guessing this idea was placed on your heart very intentionally by God and He believes you’re the warrior He created you to be for such a journey as this.
Wherever you are on this incredibly life-giving, life altering, homeschool adventure…let me tell you, it takes the strength of a warrior.
By definition, a warrior is one who is engaged in or experienced in battle. Warriors are skilled at their trade and passionate about their cause. They are brave and resourceful, even knowing that every true warrior needs a tribe, others they can count on for support and encouragement. Yes, in my opinion, just by being “Mom” you are a warrior, battling for your families and your God every single day.
And if you homeschool, well then, you are a Warrior Homeschool Mom too. And THAT, my friend, is amazing. Not because it makes us better or nobler than others, but because when we say YES to the call to homeschool our precious children, we then have the opportunity to be such a blessing to them in ways we never could have imagined. I never realized how much homeschooling would impact the life of our family and change the heart of this homeschooling mom.
Day in and day out, we engage in battle. We fight hard for the hearts of our children. We spend our days loving and teaching and cleaning and praying and disciplining. We struggle through the hard days and celebrate the victories, no matter how small they are because every victory for a warrior is worthy of celebrating. Some days we wonder if we’re on the right path. Will we make it? Did we make the right choice? We carry our own load, but often our load feels heavy…heavier than we can bear and that’s when we need to call on other warrior sisters who will help us in our time of need. It’s okay to admit when it’s just too much. God created us not only to depend on Him, but also on each other.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. -Galatians 6:2
You, dear warrior homeschool mom, are not alone. It might feel like it at times, but you’re not. I am fighting this battle along side you as are many other mamas deep in the trenches of motherhood and homeschooling. It’s hard. It’s messy and it’s very worth it. And there is an entire group of homeschool moms who are fighting this hard fight too! We are here to support each other.
What is your biggest struggle today? As you look back at your year and begin to make plans for the road ahead…what is it that stands out in your mind as your biggest need? Have you talked to God about it? I pray you will stop and do just that.
As I look back at our school year, I’m shocked (in some ways) at how differently it turned out compared to the plans I made for our year. I mean drastically different. I remember the plans I laid out for my crew of four. And now, as I sit with my blank school year calendar and lesson planner in front of me, I wonder…how detailed should my plans really be? I basically know what curriculum we’ll use. I have a rough idea of the unit studies we’ll work through and I have an idea of the schedule I’d like to stick to. But, when I think about this last homeschool year as a whole, what stands out to me most really has nothing to do with curriculum, but much more to do with character and the life that surrounds our education.
Then, my eyes wander to my bible sitting five feet from me and I am reminded that every good warrior needs constant training. If we want our students to have teachable spirits, we then also need to be willing to engage in VERY ACTIVE and CONSISTENT training…spiritual training. I’ll be the first to admit that building new healthy habits are not easy for me. In fact, I’m great at starting a new habit, but not so great at the follow-through.
Can you relate?
God will meet us right where we are. So, wherever you are today, that’s the perfect place to start. In the particular season of homeschooling I find myself in, it feels like a constant war zone. Because the last 4 months have been particularly difficult for my family for various reasons, we’ve decided to take a much needed break this Summer instead of continuing on with our lessons. So, it’s during this time of rest (hopefully) that I plan to really seek God’s Word and wisdom for the things He’s laid upon my heart.
I am praying for you, Friend. This homeschooling adventure looks different for every single one of us. There is no perfect way to do it. Your path will narrow at times and take lots of turns you may not expect, but nothing worth doing is ever really easy, is it? Just know, YOU are the best mom for your children and there is no other teacher better equipped to teach your children than you. And because God’s got armor available for each one of us, stronger than any other armor in the land (Ephesians 6:10-12)…THAT armor put onto a loving mom with a desire to be her child’s teacher makes her a beautiful Warrior Homeschool Mom, ready and fit for the journey of a lifetime.
Fighting the good fight with you.