When we began over 8 years ago, our faith in God wasn’t the primary reason we decided to homeschool. It played a factor, obviously, but it didn’t occur to us that homeschooling would have a huge effect on our relationship with Christ.
Now that I look back on our journey, I can see that homeschooling did in fact play a part in my journey of faith. And not only was I affected , but our entire family has benefited.
And so I give you:
Ten Ways That Homeschooling Has Affected My Faith
I hope I can explain these as well as they sound in my head. It’s not that homeschooling has made me a better Christian than other parenting and educational situations. But homeschooling has been a major drive in our faith over the years.
1. I have become more aware of what I example.
Being around my children every day has helped me realize that I need to example the right attitudes and actions because they are picking up on that.
I strew the atmosphere in our home (for the most part).
Homeschooling has made me more intentional and candid in my walk with Christ. I don’t hold back from my children – they see me praying, crying, studying, and searching.
2. It has strengthened my discernment.
Oh golly gosh and gee willickers have we thrown out some curriculum!
I mean – I have literally thrown workbooks and such in the trash, with my children. Books that taught and promoted lies, false gospels, and spiritual abuse.
Even my kids have grown in their faith by becoming discerning about what we watch and read – no matter the source.
3. My world has been expanded by the people we have met.
Going to homeschool group and all our other activities has brought us into contact with so many varieties of people. My faith has been stretched while fellow-shipping with people that worship differently and believe differently.
I think one great things about homeschooling is it puts us into contact with the outside world – on almost a daily basis.
4. I have become intentional about leaving behind a legacy of faith.
I keep records of what we do each year so that I have something to show that we have been learning, but also to look back and reflect on what we’ve done.
At the end of their time with me, I want my kids to not only have a memory of their education, but also of their faith. So I have been prompted through our homeschool records to also keep a faith journal.
I have several prayer books and notebooks filled with Bible study and sermon notes. But I have one special leather-bound journal that I write things specifically for my children. Wisdom that God has shown me, times we have gone through, answers to prayer. I hope that one day it will be a testimony that my children can rejoice over and share with generations to come.
5. My children have shown me how the Holy Spirit works.
You hear it a lot in homeschool groups – that you learn as much from your children as they learn from you. This is true as far as my walk with God as well.
The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2
My daughters, who have both trusted Christ, share the same Spirit with me. That makes us sisters in Christ. And I have seen firsthand how the Spirit prompts and guides through watching their lives.
They have shown me what it is like to be sensitive to the call to prayer, to encourage someone, to stop fighting and try to make peace.
6. It taught me that attitude and motivation are everything.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
In homeschooling, and in life, there is no point to push learning and performance to the point where it breaks down peace and unity in the home.
Let me say that another way – because God has really shown me this.
It does no good to homeschool miserably. To force and force at the expense of grace, humility, gentleness, and patience. You strain the gnat and swallow the camel.
God has shown me that first and foremost is relationship – with him, with myself, with my children. Homeschooling and education come after that. So often I fail and get that backwards.
7. I can take life as it is, not try to make it perfect.
Life is not about making everything run smoothly. Life is messy, and most times I must find the balance between two extremes.
Christ makes me steady – so that I don’t tip to either side. He evens the scale between busyness and laziness, faith and works, parenting and ministering, and so much more.
8. I am humbled every day.
Every. Single. Day.
You have to put a lot of pride up on that ole’ shelf when you are homeschooling. (see bullet points #3, #5, and #7) When:
- your kids amaze you
- something isn’t working
- nothing goes as planned
- you get frustrated and freak out
- your house is a mess
- you barely get a shower before hubby comes home each day
All those things force me to humbly admit that I am not superwoman (no matter what other homeschool moms may believe) and that I need God. I am dependent on him.
9. God has shown me how to delight in the uniqueness of my children.
I could never have picked out what special skills and traits each of my children would have even if I had a million guesses for each child.
God has shown me how utterly unique and wonderful he made everyone through the passions and talents of my kids.
All three of them are so different. It boggles my mind how talented Raven is at drawing, and Denna at singing and learning new languages, and Gaius at – well – pretending to blow up things.
10. We worship spontaneously.
One of the most amazing parts of my walk with Christ is sharing that with my family. It doesn’t get any better than when I start playing some songs off of Youtube and pretty soon everyone is singing along and laying on hands in genuine worship.
Our souls sing together -ringing out clear and strong. I don’t know where I would be without that aspect of my faith every day. Just the ability to share the experiences, the joys, the sorrows. Homeschooling provides a constant companion for those times.
This week’s topic was “10 things I’ve learned about myself through homeschooling” and next week will be “10 toys that have lasted in our home“. Each week I will put my own spin on the topic, so make sure to come back each Tuesday for the next 9 weeks!