I wish I could say that the things that I do are done by faith but too often the works that I do are by the law. And those things my children do their also according to the law.
As I try to consider moving forward one of the things I know is that we need to increase our faith.
Especially when it comes to our home learning I fear but lately we are working too much according to the way of the world. The expectations and the pressure is not good. And it is not the way God would want it to be.
We dipped our toes into the waters of unschooling free time but I was not patient. I did not truly allow my children time. I’m not sure what I expected but I did not step out in faith when we began.
How silly it is to expect success when we go but we leave our faith behind. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
And then I met a new friend. Online. It seems all of my best friends are online nowadays. Sometimes this technology that I dislike so much really is a blessing!
One of the things that I love the most about homeschooling is how willing people are just share. I have never met another homeschooler who isn’t happy to come alongside someone who is struggling or new and encourage them.
I think she helped me to find that breath of fresh air. As I complained ( although that’s really not what I meant to do) about how miserable everyone seems to be right now. And how I know we need to breathe some new life into everyone.
I learned that I am not alone. I also learned but sometimes we need to just step out in faith and frost and what we cannot see. I was reminded but even in those times when it seems nothing is getting done there is always something at work behind the scenes.
Isn’t that what faith is all about? Trusting in those things that we cannot see. It can be easy to forget when we are doing this that we are simply planting seeds. The harvest we may not see for quite some time. We need to simply be patient and persevere.
As we talked I was reminded to of how much learning really does happen in simple day-to-day activities. The value of doing chores around the house together. Having conversations. Reading good books and just exploring where we live. These are things that are priceless. And there’s so much learning taking place.
We say we trust God when we don’t. I know that is easier said than done but perhaps it is easier to trust God than we think? I strive today to give him my children and Trust the work the God is doing in them.