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Life happens. Job stress, financial pressures, medical issues, health problems, a new diagnosis, a child with special needs requires a new therapy or treatment, relationship issues, the illness or death of a family member, unemployment . . . . The list is endless. When life’s storms come, it’s hard to stay afloat and see how you can possibly survive the latest assault.
It is possible. Your family and homeschool can not only survive, but thrive in hard times.
How Your Homeschool Can Thrive in Hard Times
- Cling to God. When our family faces another of life’s storms, we always do better when we turn to God, ask for His help, and cling to Him with all we’ve got. As strange as it sounds, some of our best times as a family have been when we spent more time together reading the Bible and praying about a hard situation we were facing. We grew closer together in the process, found God’s peace for our situation, and had some great times together, laughing and enjoying one another’s company while we waited for God’s answer to our situation.
- Let go. There is a lot that you can’t control, no matter what you do. There are so many things that are in God’s hands, that only He can handle. Let go and let Him do what He does. (See Jeremiah 32:27.)
- Rest in Him. After you’ve let go, rest in His love, goodness, and care for you, and let Him work. Peace comes from knowing that He is carrying you through the storm and will bring you safely through to the other side.
- Be faithful. You can control your attitude, thoughts, words, and actions. You can fill out applications and go to job interviews. You can be faithful to live as frugally as possible, to take every small job that comes along to bring in extra cash. You can get up every day and work on lessons with your children. Do the tasks that God has set before you in this season, and be faithful in them. He will do the rest.
- Enjoy the journey. Initially, it’s hard to see how you could possibly enjoy this journey. But I can honestly say, as I have seen God at work in and through the situations my family has faced, that we come to the place where we can relax and enjoy one another as we wait for a resolution to our problem.
- Praise Him. Give God thanks and praise for His love and faithfulness. Thank Him in advance for what He’s going to do in your situation. Praise Him for every answer to prayer that you see, no matter how small.
- Give thanks. Gratitude has changed my life, and the journey to be thankful has continued through some hard times. Opening your eyes and your heart to the many blessings in your life will get your eyes off your circumstances and remind you of God’s goodness.
- Relax. On the days it’s just impossible to do lessons because of the situation you’re going through, it’s okay. Remember the lessons you’re teaching your children as you walk this journey together, as you let them watch you lean on God through the hard times, as you teach them how to enjoy life while you wait for God’s answers, as you model gratitude. Those lessons are critical to their spiritual growth and well-being. Some days you’ll be able to keep your usual routine. In-between days might be a good time to modify the schedule with a nature walk or read-aloud marathon. As Carol Barnier said in a talk I heard recently, “Homeschooling is incredibly forgiving and efficient.” We all have off days. You’ll catch up.
My family has homeschooled through many of the situations I mentioned at the beginning of this post. It has been hard, incredibly hard, but I have always been amazed at the peace and rest God has given us in the hard times as we turn to Him, fully dependent on Him to meet our every need. And He has always been faithful to do just that. If you would like to read some of our testimonies of God’s faithfulness, please see the Be Fully Persuaded archives.
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