I’ve been accused of being crazy many times. Crazy for marrying young; for purposely having so many children; for choosing to homeschool; and probably for a myriad of other reasons I’m unaware of. But that’s okay, and I’ll tell you why.
When I first became a mother, I had no idea homeschooling was an option. God began to place several people in my life who knew a thing or two about this non-typical method of schooling. More importantly, he began to prick my heart about the possibility of joining in.
Initially, I was reluctant. It wasn’t the daily responsibilities I feared as much as my ability to teach my children to read, explain upper level math, and successfully make it to graduation. I struggled with my thoughts and concerns. But as I began to earnestly pray, searching out an answer, God began to clearly reveal to me that this was indeed His plan.
Although I lacked confidence, I came to realize that if God wanted me to homeschool my children, He would certainly enable me to do so.
So what’s a girl to do? I said “yes” to homeschooling. What I did not expect was the wonderful peace I found and the tremendous blessings that were to follow.
Other moms often tell me there is no way they could homeschool. This is when I share with them that God called me to this task. He took this young career-minded woman who had no intention of staying at home with her children and transformed her into a mother who wanted nothing more than to be at home with her children. That’s God. He knew exactly what I needed and what was best for my little family, and I am so very thankful.
While living this journey, we’ve experienced many wonderful days and some fairly difficult ones. But regardless of how our day –or our year- is going, our commitment remains the same. We strive to live in obedience to Him, and He is faithful to bless our every effort, even those that fail miserably.
If you’re one of those moms I mentioned earlier, may I put your mind at ease? Not everyone is called to be a foreign missionary, a pastor, or a teacher, nor is every mom called to homeschool. As much as I would love for you to embark on this voyage with me, it matters more that you discover God’s will for you.
So my prayer for you, sweet sister, is that you find your calling and pursue it. It may not bear any resemblance to mine, and that’s alright. It may not seem the least bit logical to many of your friends or family. But when you know it’s God calling you, you pick up those feet and start walking. You follow the One who knows what’s best. The One who longs to give you more than you could ever imagine. Follow Him.