Do you have joy in your homeschool? Or are you just getting through the day? Are you buried in papers and assignments and schedules? Are you feeling like you are just going through the motions? Are you yearning for summer?
I hear from so many moms who are feeling this way, and so many times I have been there myself…but I want to tell you…it’s not about you. It’s about God, and what He does on through your homeschool journey..He gives each of us the power and the strength to answer the call. We could never do it in our own strength.
I want to tell you to stop. Slow down. Stop chasing. Stop striving. Stop making about it about the world. Make it about Him. This world and all it has passes away, but He is eternal.
Stop. Look in your child’s eyes. Focus on the relationship with the child. At that moment. These are the things that matter for eternity.
Let the extras go…if they are bogging you down, then they aren’t meant to be there. This journey isn’t going to last forever. In fact, each year it gets shorter and shorter…so do it well.
I always tell my kids to do all tasks well. Whatever lies before them, whether how big or small, do it well. So we as homeschool moms…are we doing it well? Are we stretched so thin we are giving a little in a lot of places? Or are we focused on what really matters?
Stop spending hours on curriculum choices. Stop spending hours in a flurry of activity because you want to make sure you are doing enough. Stop spending hours worrying that you aren’t doing it right.
Spend those hours in prayer. Spend those hours face to face looking into your child’s eyes. Know them. Love them.
Spend those hours truly schooling your children in what matters. Spend the hours focused on the tasks before you. Spend those hours getting back to the heart…
Simply homeschool…and do it well.
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Join me on my journey to clear the clutter as I am simply living...for Him! I am a homeschooling mom sharing about my faith, family, hobby-farm life, and Jesus. I am also an author and speaker and love sharing my journey with others- and I am all about keeping it real and authentic! Join me as I seek less of this world and more of Jesus!
Karen DeBeus is a homeschooling mom learning to live more simply and keep God at the center of it all. She is the author of three best-selling homeschooling books and writes at Simply Living for Him. She speaks nationally at homeschooling conventions and recently was a speaker at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC. Her passion is to help others clear the clutter from their lives, seek God first, and to encourage women and families to get in the Word every day.
In 2016, she founded the Simply Living for Him Retreat, which is a time of rest and renewal for all women seeking Jesus. She enjoys life on her hobby farm with her husband and four children. Together they are a work-at-home family pursuing a simple life with purpose and, above all, seeking to glorify God in all they do.