A View from Halfway Down the Road
- Friday, August 07, 2009
Sometimes it was really big stuff that sent us off into the ditch. Without warning, a few years ago a major illness struck me, keeping me at minimum functionality for many months. We did school on the bed, simplified our schedule, gratefully accepted the kind offers of help from friends, and learned in a new way the value of simplicity. The Lord brought me through that difficult time with a fresh appreciation for His incredible faithfulness.
Just as He provided so beautifully for everything else on our homeschool journey, the Lord brought me a special blessing in the form of a prayer partner—a good homeschooling friend who also felt the need for someone to support her in her efforts. We agreed to pray every week by phone and soon began to see very specific answers to our prayers. Not surprisingly, the weeks we didn’t pray tended to be bumpy and problematic, convincing me more than ever of our essential partnership with God in this undertaking. This weekly appointment is still on my calendar today, assuring me that I’m not in this alone.
Ready for the Second Half
I sat spellbound with hundreds of other homeschoolers one summer at our state conference, listening to one of the early founders of the movement. As he told of God’s miraculous intervention time and again, His help in creating good state laws for us, and His granting of favor in high places, I was moved to tears. “I’m here to tell you that we achieved none of this in our own strength or ability,” he said. “We were David facing Goliath. But the difference was—God was on our side. This is His work.”
What a wonderful reminder. The challenges, battles, and discouragement they went through to stay the course until the job was done spoke deeply to my heart. My own homeschool journey has been a mirror of that in microcosm—struggles, setbacks, victories, and wonderful joys. Remembering that this is His work reminds me that He gives us both to will and to do His good pleasure.
So, my friend, I encourage you to trust the Lord with your own homeschooling journey. You’ll find it the adventure of a lifetime! We’ve made it halfway through our own journey, and now the second half beckons invitingly, “Come on, you can do it!” I know now that I can—with God in the driver’s seat.
Wendy Dellinger and her husband, Matt, are in their eighth year of homeschooling their 12-year-old daughter, Laurie. They make their home in the beautiful foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Wendy loves books, tea parties, anything out in God’s great creation, and homeschooling. You can contact her at email@example.com.
This article was originally published in the Jul/Aug ’09 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Visit www.HomeSchoolEnrichment.com for more information.
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