We’re closer to God, friends and family than we’ve ever been
When I was expecting my daughter in 2012, it was a turbulent season for my family. I ended my job search when we became convicted to homeschool. We were anxious to find out what God had in mind when He uprooted us from the home we were living in, from the church we were attending, from the school our eldest was enrolled in, and from the job my husband held.
God shined a light on it all, so it was a clear decision for us to transition. An uncertain future, weighty decisions, and a tremendous dose of faith compelled us to press toward the mark.
How many times did I weep alone? I couldn’t give you a definitive number. Obedience to God takes more than faith and trust in the God Who Can. It takes tears, muscle, thick skin, rejection, confusion, errors, and loss. In return, the gain is enormous.
Today, now six years later, we’re nearer to God as a family. The children are actively learning their studies, we’re drawing ourselves closer to new friends that are sharpening our faith in a family-integrated, independent Baptist church. God has led me to offer my creative services as a consultant. My family has founded an online literary project that launches a biennial contest for homeschoolers.
Before homeschooling, we were trying to bloom in a small pot where roots were stifled and unable to thrive. We know the Lord is the planter and He has lifted us from the familiar rudiments of the world to give us a renewed mind for His purpose. He prepared a field of rich soil just for our family and has planted us there, so He could nurture us under His sunlight, His shade, His living water. What a wonder!
While many people still may not understand why I would want to give up a career to stay home and homeschool my children for long hours throughout the day, I won’t hesitate to take on this calling because I know that the eternal value is far richer than any corporate career could ever offer.
Homeschooling aligns with what Deuteronomy 6 states we need to do as parents: teach and disciple our children. As a homeschool family, we know what our children are learning and why. The labor of our parenting is palpable and there is nothing missing. We know our children, what they struggle with, and what their weaknesses are.
I don’t think that when they are grown, I will regret having spent hours and hours a day with them to teach them the value of a surrendered life to the Lord.
We exist in a culturally oppressive state of anguish and hostility, and in California, the hysteria about homeschooling and homeschoolers is especially fraught with controversy and severe government overreach. But we reveal ourselves considering God’s calling for our family, as unconventional as it is to be seen during the waking hours of daylight, waiting for the next opportunity to emerge from our homeschool, out of doors again.
Erendira’s work has been featured in various publications. She writes fiction, essays, poetry, and book reviews. You can find her at erortega.com.
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