The new school year has started. Perhaps you are overwhelmed with it already. As a homeschool mom, it is a weighty matter you have undertaken. The burden you strap to your back every morning feels heavier as the weeks and months of the school year progress. You may even wonder why you chose this burden of all things.
Homeschooling was never meant to be the burden we often make it. It was meant to be a way to teach, disciple, live the Bible out moment by moment with our family. It was an opportunity to educate our children, guiding them gently toward Truth, grace, mercy, love. It was a chance to teach them about the Lord and all His ways. It was to be a time of awe and wonder, growth and maturity.
What has it become for you and your children?
Proverbs 1:8 says,
There is something different about a mother’s teaching. When we think about a mother’s teaching, we immediately default to the painting at the top of this post. A mother, gently guiding and instructing her child. It never looks like the crazy woman we have become, frantically trying to push through the schoolwork before collapsing at the end of the day. I think perhaps I would want my children to “forsake” that teaching if that’s what my homeschooling were to become. Listen to what verse 9 says that teaching will be like…
Is your teaching graceful? Is it something your children carry with them? Is it beautiful?
Those words do not sound like a burden. They sound amazing!
Today, I want to encourage you to set that homeschooling burden down, and instead, gather your children on your lap and be Mother. Be soft. Be gentle. Be grace-filled. Teach as a Mother, not a teacher. This is an opportunity of a lifetime! May it be beautiful!
What are you doing today to teach as a Mother?
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