Happy Valentine’s Day!
Welcome to the Be Fully Persuaded series! This week my #hellomornings and #shereadstruth friend Jennifer Humble shares how God provides for us when we pursue His purposes for our lives instead of our own.
Thank you for meeting me here every week to rejoice in God’s faithfulness to keep His promises and in His creative provision for every area of our lives. I pray that we are all encouraged to stand strong in our faith and that God will make Romans 4:20-21 a reality for all of us as we focus on Him and His Word:
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)
Pursuing His Purpose by Jennifer Humble
I had a secret.
I, a public school teacher, was going to homeschool. Initially I fought it, rebelled against it, bravely made excuses as to why it was impossible—but God persuaded me as He made His plans clear.
Clarity came when my daughter brought a note home from school. In a child’s handwriting my beloved was told she was not wanted. Wavy lines of pink stated she did not belong at her current school, she should go somewhere else.
It was one of those rare times in life you are glad your child lacks a certain skill, such as reading. Unfortunately, I could read. If it had merely been one pink marker, then that’s the color of life and we adjust our viewpoint. However, it was a rainbow of events, each building upon the next creating an avalanche of discontent.
Spelling fiascoes, mathematical madness, an occupational therapist sprinkling glitter on paper rabbits. A series of events unraveled and I found myself pleading to God for a way out. My daughter was not the girl they had envisioned in their minds, they knew only a stranger. I knew her potential.
Homeschooling? A solution? I still could not foresee it. Days passed in denial; however God pulled me back to His original purpose. He gently stood to the side and allowed events to unfold that only He could orchestrate.
- A conversation with a Homeschooling Mom who had traded in a professional career for a new life.
- A church luncheon sitting next to a Homeschool Coordinator from another state.
- A retired public school secretary silently pulling me aside and offering the suggestion I homeschool.
- Being invited to a homeschool play of professional quality which allowed me to gain a glimpse inside the homeschool world.
- Timing in my mail such that a homeschool magazine and a professional teaching journal arrived on the same day.
- Approval of my husband.
- Spontaneous conversation with our pastor affirming our decision; there were no other homeschoolers in our church at the time.
- Cleaning a desk drawer and uncovering a kind note from a former student. A student who had been homeschooled during her elementary years.
- Rediscovering a book from a friend which guided my curriculum choice. It had laid untouched on my shelf for several years. When I opened it, I could not stop reading.
- Praying for more information and finding a two-day conference directly related to my curriculum. It was at a time and location that made it viable for me to attend.
- Having a prayer answered via e-mail within twenty-four hours as I was seeking a community using the method I had chosen. A new group was forming, and this was the first correspondence regarding starting a study group.
- A replacement for my teaching position was being prepared. God was preparing their heart as He was preparing mine. I passionately cared for my students; I knew they were in good hands.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
God pulled together my curriculum, resources, and support. I could not have done it on my own. My husband and I marveled at the onslaught of coincidences and declared we needed to write them all down. I know I have forgotten many of the encounters, but I will never forget the peace I felt when I finally confessed my secret.
We are going to homeschool.
To the world outside of our family, silence followed the revealing of our secret. Long pauses. Stillness.
Sudden excitement replaced their confused stares. Many expressed they were envious of us; they wanted to do the same. Several exclaimed how wonderful it would be. Our secret was greeted with joy and jubilation.
We don’t have all the answers yet, nor will we ever. Each day is a new discovery; however I feel like I have a new family. A family that is thriving at home. A family that has moved closer to the heart of God. A family that would not have been possible in the pre-homeschooling days of long work hours, never-ending assignments and distracted conversations. Not only is God allowing us the privilege to teach our child, He is saving our family.
How do you see God’s provision in your life as you pursue His purposes for your family?
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Jennifer taught public school for 16 years before she traded lesson plans into life plans. She is striving to be Contently Humble…day by day…step by step..breath by breath.