Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit Preface
I think homeschooling moms are a wonderful group of women! I am most pleased to be numbered among you. There isn’t a more determined, dedicated set of women in the entire world! You have chosen an unpopular, difficult path that comes with little outside encouragement. Yet, you have set your face on obedience to the Lord and what you know is best for your children–-no matter what it costs you personally!
Even so, there are issues homeschooling brings up that I find are very common to most of us who homeschool. These common issues speak of what happens inside our hearts when we become fully responsible for our children’s education, when they are home with us all day every day, and when we add several hours’ worth of homeschooling into a full schedule as a wife, mother, homemaker, and Christian.
Sadly, if we don’t meet the challenges of homeschooling with a meek and quiet spirit, we find ourselves discouraged. This is the very last thing you or I need to have to deal with! We can cope with the myriad of daily difficulties and decisions that a homeschooling lifestyle brings with it, as long as we are having the right responses to them. Let us be fearful, worried, anxious, frustrated, irritated, or angry, and we know we are undermining all we want to accomplish by homeschooling. We do not like this!
Because I have walked the homeschooling path for many years, I know first-hand the struggle for a meek and quiet spirit. The memories from my early homeschooling years of often being worried and angry rather than having a meek and quiet spirit are unpleasant for me. My prayer is that as I share the work the Lord has done in my heart, mostly through homeschooling, you would be encouraged that He can do the same for you. I also desire that you could learn from the lessons He has taught me so that you would begin to have a meek and quiet spirit long before I did.
As I have presented the Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit; material in workshops, moms confide in me later, “Wow, I was surprised to see so many other moms here. I thought I would be the only one!” If you don’t have the meek and quiet spirit you would like, I can assure you that you are not alone.
The journey to a meek and quiet spirit is a life-long one. I am still on it. I can look at where I was–angry and yelling–to where I am–occasionally frustrated with irritated tones in my voice–to where I want to be–the fruit of the Spirit always evident. I don’t want you to think I have totally arrived at a meek and quiet spirit. I haven’t! I also don’t want you to believe this book will change you overnight. It will not; only Jesus Christ works in hearts! I do want to offer you hope that the path to a meek and quiet spirit is a worthy one to travel.
You will not find information in this book such as: the perfect handwriting curriculum, how to get your baby to sleep through the night, what consequence to use for a dawdling child, or which homeschool method is best for your family. Instead, you will discover the heart issues that will gently lead you to a meek and quiet spirit as you find solutions to each of those other specific areas. After all, no one has the answers to those questions except Jesus Christ.
Come along and join me as we seek the Lord to homeschool with a meek and quiet spirit!