Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Most Essential Essential of All!

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials

As I thought about what is essential for homeschooling, I almost missed the most essential essential of all! God! It's so obvious, but for a control freak like me, it's soooo easy to forget!

Lexie and Ashlyn, 1 week old
I like to plan things out, and I tend to have some pretty definite opinions about things . . . when my husband and I were discussing having children, I planned things out to the nth degree. I had lists of my lists . . .I had friends who were highly amused when they heard we were having twins because "God found the ONE thing you hadn't planned for, and that's what He gave you!" And it was pretty accurate . . . and over the years, there have been many MORE times, when I start planning things out too much, and God reminds me that HE is in control, not me.

And because He keeps working to teach me that lesson, I am, slowly, VERY slowly, learning to trust God to lead our homeschool, not me!

Prayer is so essential, and following God's leading . . .  As I talked about in my post about being Flexible, if it were up to me, I'd have our lesson plans done for the next 12 years! But, God has shown me that I need to be flexible and we need to be open to God's leading in our homeschooling.

One way that God leads, is through the products we review. There is no question in my mind, that some of the items we've reviewed were God's doing. Sometimes items that I thought were going to be a disaster, have turned out to be great. I remember one product that I turned down, but then when someone who had agreed to review it couldn't, I agreed to review it, last minute. And my girls LOVED it!

So, I urge you, as you homeschool, or parent, or live . . . seek God's will, do NOT run ahead of God, never forget how Essential He is, in EVERYTHING!

To see what 80+ other homeschoolers think is essential this week, visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog. Here's some of them:

Lisa @ Our Simple Kinda Life
Tabitha @ The Homeschool Four
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas
Amy @ Counting Change. . . Again
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Gena @ I Choose Joy!
Adena @ AdenaF
Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue
Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post. I am definitely trying to trust God more, and let Him be in control, rather than me. It's a learning process, for sure. :)

Gwen T said...

Great post - I truly have to let prayer be a foundational part of our homeschooling. Sometimes I think God has made me an insomniac/light sleeper just so I can spend lots of time in prayer w/o distraction.

Heather said...

Lovely post! It's so wonderful that we are not alone in our homeschooling journey. I love that He provides for us and directs us. Thank you for sharing your experience! ~Heather @ Principled Academy/the Crew

Unknown said...

Yes, this is so true! It definitely can be hard, but like you said, one way or another He will remind us He has our best interests in mind. He has never let us down!