It’s interesting how the Lord leads you to do something you never thought you’d do. You see, besides the fact that I never thought I’d be asked to write a “Blog,” I never thought I’d homeschool my children either. I had no plans to homeschool my kids. My husband knew this fact and so did all my homeschooling friends. I would tell them, “That’s fine for you, but it’s not for me.” However, the Lord had other ideas and used a men’s retreat to show my husband the path he had for our family. He came home and asked me to look into homeschooling and pray about it. I did, only out of obedience and love for my husband. As they say, “The rest is history.” I ended up teaching for 18 years and graduating all 3 of our children from homeschool high school.
After our first year I was totally amazed when I realized that this was what I was always meant to do. I wasn’t meant to be a teacher but to teach my children. Think about that for a moment. It sure takes a lot of pressure off of you. I can look back now and see how the Lord used all the things I have done in my life to prepare ME to teach my children and he continued to use the everyday events to help me. I was just an ordinary housewife and mother. I didn’t have an overly extensive education. However, with God guiding our path, I was able to make it through and see all my children become successful, God-fearing adults.
I know that sometimes things may be hard and the lessons confusing. YOU might be crying through your children’s grammar lessons. Maybe its math or science that are your weak points. Does the thought of dissections or art lessons cause cold shivers to run down your back? If the Lord has called you to homeschool, HE will get you through all those rough spots. You CAN TRUST Him. He will never leave you or forsake you. (Heb. 13:5b) He will never give you more trials than you can handle. He is the God of all creation. If you but ask, He will give you that spark of creativity that you need to do this job He’s called you to do. Ruth, Esther, Noah, and David were all common everyday people that God used in special ways. You are being used in a special way in your children’s lives. Enjoy this time, regardless whether it’s easy or hard. When it’s all over, you’ll be able to look back and see the great work that the Lord has done.
Patti and Glenn Owens
Rochester/Finger Lakes Regional Representatives