Homeschooling our children has been one of my greatest blessings. I am so grateful that I get to share life and learning with our children each and every day. I am so grateful for the sweet memories, the joyful smiles, and the connections we’ve been able to share over the years.
But I want you to know something.
Homeschooling is not always easy. And it seriously can be downright HARD.
There are days when nothing goes as we planned. There are days when the children bicker too much; I get frustrated too much; and no one can seem to get it together.
There have been so many days when I have wondered if I'm doing enough, if I need to rethink everything. There have been days when it's just been too hard.
I’m sure many of you have felt so this way as well. We often think that when something is hard, it must be because we are doing something wrong. Somewhere in the busyness of our culture, we have adopted this idea that happy, “quality time” is what is of utmost importance. We have convinced ourselves that picture-perfect celebrations, athletic competitions, and family vacations are what life was all about.
And because of that, we have learned to fear the hard, the messy, the chaos. The real stuff.
As a society, we have learned to go our own ways, for hours on end, both physically and via electronic devices. We’ve learned to numb up and avoid the hard stuff. To unfriend. To escape.
But, Friends, it’s the hard stuff that helps us to grow. It’s the hard stuff that brings us to the foot of the cross in repentance and humility and love. It’s the hard stuff that allows our children to see what it means to walk each day in faith.
Working through the hard stuff is what binds us as a family. It’s what strengthens and sanctifies us. It’s what equips our children with the skills and understandings they will need one day to handle their own “hard stuff.”
And so, I want to encourage you. If you’re home teaching your children, don’t fear the hard stuff. And don’t think that because it’s hard, you must be doing something wrong. The things that truly matter in this life are often the hardest to build and hold onto.
Friend, we have all been through the hard. Many of us are still going through the hard. And for some of us, the entire journey may be challenging. But it doesn’t mean that it is not worth it.
The pictures you see all over social media are full of the celebrations, the smiles, the joy, but they are rarely about the "climb." You won't see the tears, the struggles, or the messy rooms. You won't see the hours upon hours of growth and conversation, apologies and forgiveness, perseverance and prayer. You won't see the hours of quality time that it took to reach that peak.
Don't compare your climb to someone else's peak.
If you’re in the midst of the hard, I want you to know that it does get easier. If you’re in the midst of the hard, I want you to know that working through it all together is SO worth it. If you’re in the midst of the storm, I pray that you will seek God to lead you and comfort you and grow you together as a family in unity and love.
Keep striving, Dear Friend. Keep climbing, and keep your eyes on what is most important.
May this time of challenge be redeemed for the good of your family and His glory.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
****If you are in the midst of the hard and in need of prayer, please comment below so that we may pray for one another . . . or DM me. I would love to alongside you in this journey.