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Do you spend more time reading abut homeschooling than actually homeschooling? Planning your homeschool than actually being present in your homeschool? Are you living for the expectation rather than for the moment?
I used to do that. I would spend more time planning what we should be doing than actually accomplishing what I needed to. It was so hard in the beginning to sort through all of the information-so I felt I needed to read all of it. Yet soon it became apaparent that I was only sowing seeds of discontent in my home. If I felt we were lacking, than the kids saw that.
Does the comparison trap have you paralyzed at times? Are you feeling that you should be doing more, or like someone else?
Stop. Stop it all.
Dear sister, realize that yearning for something else is the inborn deep set need for eternity. God placed it there so we yearn for Him. We will never be fully satisfied until we are one day in that glorious place with our Lord.
Once we realize that, we can stop the insanity. Stop continually searching for something more. Knowing this is not our home, yet, making the best of each and every second here. It matters.
I do not want to look back someday and have regrets. I don’t want my children to remember mommy on the computer or distracted with meaningless tasks- I want them to remember our homeschooling days as filled with memories of our time together, fully present in the moment.
I write because God placed a desire in my heart. My goal though is to always, always point others to him. Seeing Him in all. I only write when he places these words in my heart and they overflow onto the keyboard. I never write with the intention of gaining more readers and thinking I “know it all.” In fact, I know nothing. He supplies words for me each day and the strength for me to homeschool. I do not do it by one ounce of my own strength.
We need to enjoy each other’s writings, support each other wholeheartedly, but never let all of this information get in the way of real life.
Homeschooling each day should involved mommy fully present. We don’t want to teach our kids to be so distracted!
Do not succumb to the lie that other people are doing things better. God created your family unique for your family’s unique purpose. Do not covet someone else’s homeschool. Enjoy your homeschool with your family! I have had friends completely disconnect from facebook, etc. so that they could do just that. Be free to be themselves. It is freeing indeed.
Enjoy each second. It is cliche but it goes by so fast. Learn with your kids, play with your kids, create a foundation that says, “My mom was fully present when I needed her most.”
Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. Don’t fall into the trap of always living for the expectation of how things “should be.” Anticipate your glorous home some day, and make the most of each second here.
Turn to Him each and every second in your homeschool-not others. And enjoy Simply…Homeschool.
Here are the past links in this series!
Day: 1: Cooking with Kids
Day 2: Why I Have Simplified Homeschool
Day 3 Using Your Library
Day 4 Scavenger Hunts!
Day 5 Starting Your Day with the Lord
Day 6 Garden Learning
The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network. You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!
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On another note, Simply Homeschool continues to be #1 on the Amazon. com best sellers for homeschool books for Kindle and #3 for all homeschool books! Unbelievable. For a book that I wrote for my readers, and was put on Kindle in case anyone wanted to read it on their Kindle, it blows my mind to be a top seller. No marketing, nothing fancy- just a book from my heart to encourage others. God is amazing! I am thrilled so many are being blessed by it. To Him be all the Glory!
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