When we started homeschooling I thought some of our problems would disappear. Not many months afterwards, my Husband and I hit a very bad point in our marriage. It culminated with me – packing my bags and preparing to leave. If you listened to my testimony – Living Imperfectly In a Perfect World on Mommy Jammies Night, you know what happened behind the scenes. You know that my husband and I have had very broken lives that God has been putting back together – one.piece.at.a.time. We have been so blessed by his love, grace and mercy. We have also been blessed to learn how to walk through this life – with Him leading the way.
So, today, I want to share with you Ten Ways to Keep Homeschooling When Living Imperfectly In a Perfect World.
- Read your Bible. I can’t stress this enough. It is the only way you will really get to know who God is. You will also learn about other people who lived a few thousand years ago who faced terrible times, yet God carried them through.
- Meditate. I’m not talking yoga. I’m talking – really meditate on God’s word. Read it, read it again – close your eyes and really consider what God is telling you with His words.
- Pray. Don’t just pray for God to hurry up and end the situation you are in, pray that He will help you grow closer to Him through the situation. Pray for knowledge, wisdom and discernment. Know that God brings us to and through situations to show His power – not because He knows we can make it through it (we can’t without Him – that’s the point!). Truly, we don’t even have the power to breathe without Him giving us breath to breathe.
- Praise Him. YES – even in those darkest moments, find your favorite songs, psalms, hymnals. Listen to them and sing along if you can. We were created to Praise God. If we are created to praise Him, we must do that at all times, not just when we think our lives are going the way we think they should be going.
- Never Lose focus – on what your God-given purpose is. By keeping that, as you look back over time, you will see that every situation in your life was brought to you to help you grow for His purpose.
- Take a break. Never try to just push through something. If life is very stressful, take a break. Use this time to grow your relationships.
- Find a Mentor. I can’t stress this enough. Find someone who can help you through any problems you may be having and even find a homeschool mentor.
- Go on a field trip. If you can’t take a break (some days, I’m too type A and just don’t feel like I ‘can’) go on a field trip. That will help you take a break and get you out of the house.
- Make sure you are exercising. This is very important. Exercising helps release endorphins that will reduce your stress levels.
- Make sure you are getting enough rest. This is VERY important!
Living imperfectly in a perfect world is hard on anyone. These steps will help carry you through. They helped me, when I truly felt I had no one to help or turn to. As I submitted and discovered a humble heart, I found myself on a journey full of more joy and peace than I ever imagined.
Linking up with others at Teach Them Diligently to encourage you – through times of trouble. You can read the other posts here. I am also sharing with NextGen Homeschool Homeschool Village and Hearts for Home