We might find it unsettling to be watched by the naysayers, but when fellow homeschoolers are watching, it can open an exciting door of opportunity for mutual ministering and friendship! Many veteran homeschoolers have valuable wisdom to share about successfully managing and balancing a home, a family, and a homeschool.  Which of us wouldn't welcome some tried-and-true advice about that? There are moms who have great insight about what it takes to stay the course for the long haul and may already be reaping blessings that come from sticking to it through the good times and the bad. Wouldn't it boost our own faith to see the power and love of God working in an ordinary homeschooling family? But the long-term homeschoolers aren't the only ones able to help. Newbie homeschoolers often have a contagious excitement about learning and the whole homeschooling lifestyle that can bring zest and renewed vision or purpose to a mom who may be floundering a bit. Isn't it nice when a breath of fresh air breezes in, refreshing us, invigorating us, and maybe even bringing a new answer for an old problem we've been struggling with? We all have something beneficial to share, whether we've been homeschooling for twenty years or two weeks. We just need to watch for our opportunities and grab them as they come along!

Don't look now, Mom, but someone else (or maybe several "someone elses") are also watching. That's right, I mean our kids! The looking, watching, learning, and catching life from us begins in earliest infancy and continues on and on for years. I find it interesting that an infant's depth of focus is approximately 18 inches. That's about the distance from the crook of Mom's elbow—to Mom's face! I find it both beautiful and sobering that God designed it so Mom and Dad are just about the sum total of Baby's world for a little while. As Baby grows, his range of focus grows as well, so he is able to take in and learn from more and more of his surroundings. But even as a broader horizon opens for each child, he is still watching Mom and Dad, determining what is real, consistent, worthwhile, and true. What an awesome responsibility we have to make sure that our words, thoughts, and actions match up and point our kids to truth and to the God who made them, who has a perfect purpose and plan for each individual life.

And don't ever forget, God is also watching. He's always ready, willing, and able to help and guide. He has a personalized plan for each and every one of us, and He is eager to direct our paths. He can work out every single detail and bring it all to pass in His good time. He has a solution for every one of our problems. He wants to be personally and powerfully involved in all aspects of our lives for our good and His glory! Best of all, if we let Him, He will change our hearts to empower us to do the right thing and even think the right things. This will enable us to be pleasing to Him and to be a blessing and help to our families and friends! 



Kari Lewis is the mom here at Home School Enrichment. She and Frank have been married for 32 years and homeschooled Matthew and Jonathan from their early elementary years through their high school graduations. Together, the four of them started Home School Enrichment in late 2002. You can reach her at kari@HomeSchoolEnrichment.com.

Originally published in the May/Jun '09 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine.

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