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Homeschooling is one of those things. It's a blessing to be able to do it and most of us are strong in our convictions to do so...but man can it be challenging. If nothing else challenges the fruits of the spirit, homeschooling will. But the beautiful thing about it is that our Heavenly Father is there with an extra helping of grace...there to see us through what He's called us to do.
If you're anything like me, you could use the encouragement and spiritual recharge throughout your homeschool day. I've compiled a list of my favorite scriptures for homeschooling encouragement. I've also created printable cards with these same scriptures on them so that you can have them handy when you need them. When you're feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, pull them out mama and be recharged by His holy batteries! Too cheesy?...Ok moving on....
1. Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
I love this scripture because it reminds me that I need to regard Him in ALL that I do, not just homeschooling. When I'm struggling with something, there's usually a good chance that I didn't consult with Him first. We always have a plan but it may not be HIS plan. This is why it's so important to acknowledge Him in ALL that you do! Start your homeschool day of with prayer. Commit your day to Him and ask Him to lead you the rest of the way.
2. Galatians 6:9
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
It can be difficult to keep your eyes on the finish line when your sinking in quick sand...so to speak. This scripture helps to remind me (in those moments when I feel like I'm sinking) that I'm not just in this to get my children through the 12th grade. Something far greater is accomplished when we set ourselves aside and strive to end with all our heart. I would much rather sit back and enjoy the fruit of years of committed labor than to regret down the road that I gave up in a moment of weakness.
3. Proverbs 22:6
"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it."
These young years are a tender time for the soil of our children's hearts. I'm reminded that taking the time and effort to sow into their hearts now will set them up for much greater success when they grow up and are out facing the world on their own.
4. 2 Timothy 1:7
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Nothing seems to challenge my sound mind like our time homeschooling. I find myself riled up and stepping outside of God's parameters for love far more often than I'd like to admit. This scripture is a gentle reminder that anything contrary to a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind; It's not from Him. Then I know I need to cast down these thoughts and feelings and bring them into alignment with His word!
6. Colossians 3:23-24
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ."
Everything we do should be done with our whole heart. We wouldn't intentionally serve Yah half-heartedly would we? Well we shouldn't do it when we're homeschooling either. We've been commissioned to fulfill the important task of training up our children. It takes an intentional, whole-hearted effort to pull this off in today's world. We're not doing it for the accolades of men. Our reward comes from Yah and Yah alone. So, we strive to do things according to His guidelines and expectations.
7. Psalms 32:8
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye."
I'm striving to seek His guidance more consistently, especially in our homeschooling. What better instructor than the creator Himself? This scripture encourages me to reach out to Him and seek His direction in those moments when I'm struggling to find my way. He's always there...we need only seek Him.
8. Psalms 55:22
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be shaken."
In those moments when I'm feeling overwhelmed and at the breaking point, I know that I can release it all to Him. Oftentimes, I'll take a moment away just to recenter myself and get back into the right frame of mind. Only after giving up my frustration am I able to return with a clear head.
9. James 1:19
"So then, my beloved brethren: let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God."
My scripture goals for 2018...Unfortunately, I have to refer back to this scripture more often than I'd like to admit. The Bible says that fools lose their temper but a wise man controls himself...and I don't wanna be a fool! I'm always telling my kids that it's not a sin to be angry. It's what we do with our anger that matters. Plus, speaking and acting out in anger does NOT bring honor or glory to Yah. We should be quick to listen and not react but respond calmly and rationally...by His grace I'm still a work in progress and getting better everyday!
10. Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."
When I find myself at that point when I don't know what to do and I'm feeling hopeless, I turn to this scripture. I find comfort in the fact that He knows the end from the beginning. So, when things aren't going the way I planned or things seem to be going haywire, I know that it's merely a moment in time. My future and the future of my children are in the hands of a fully trust-worthy God. I don't have to be concerned about what's going to happen with this or with that. I just have to do my best and He'll take care of the rest! Halleluyah!
11. Matthew 11:28
"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Ah...the scripture thesis for moms. It's a simple but imperative reminder to seek rest in His presence. I know I can step away, even just briefly, and find refreshing in His word. If you don't have a Bible located in your central homeschool space, I highly suggest you grab one that you can keep there. Pull it out during reading or quiet time and recharge. It's amazing what even 5 minutes in His word can do!
12. Philippians 4:7
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
As an introverted person, peace is like a lifeline for me. I thrive when my home and my mind are at peace. Yet somehow, with 5 kids, peace seems to evade me on occasion. But I know that HIS peace is just a prayer away...the kind of peace that only the Almighty Himself can give...a peace that cannot be bought, manipulated, or taken away. It can't be fully comprehended but it doesn't need to be! It's there at your disposal whenever you seek it <3
Yes, homeschooling has it's challenges and sometimes you may want to rip your hair out. But one thing I'm always reminding myself is that I've been fully equipped to do this very thing. It's not a matter of not being able to. It's a matter of will.
Am I willing to set my pride aside and seek His guidance? Am I able to look past my own discomfort to nurture and nourish these tender hearts that have been entrusted to me? The answer is yes...yes I am. But it's not always easy. In those moments I know I can default back to His word for encouragement and grace to see me through the rough patches. And so can you mama! Be encouraged!
Until Next Time,
What scriptures do you seek homeschool encouragement from? Share in the comments below!
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!