Is restful homeschooling even possible?
For most moms, homeschooling can become stressful, exhausting, and overwhelming. The enemy of our souls can entrap us in busyness instead of fruitfulness, turning our homeschool into a burden instead of a blessing.
Restful homeschooling is possible and it starts with a mother’s heart at rest.
1 – Know That Restful Homeschooling is God’s Desire For Us.
Homeschooling shouldn’t be stressful.
Yes, homeschooling is a huge responsibility, and let’s just say it isn’t easy all the time, but it’s also a divine calling. One that will fulfill us more than any career would. We are raising a holy generation, we are preparing our children for eternity, and making them true disciples of Christ.
Don’t let Satan fool you and trap you into busyness. God did not call us for busy work!
God’s plans for us are good and lead us to peace and joy. He has called us to disciple our children and to teach them to walk in His Ways. We won’t regret doing His will ever.
When we understanding our calling to homeschool and trust God fully to lead us daily, we find rest. We can rest trusting that God has already equipped us for the task and will continue to do so as our children grow.
2 – Restful Homeschooling is Not About Your Will, But His.
When we first began homeschooling, I had no idea how much work and dedication it had involved. I didn’t know how much God was going to work on my own character through homeschooling. Homeschooling is heart work. It requires a mother to die to self in many ways to be able to take up the plunge daily and disciple her children.
I confess I thought about how much easier it would be to just send my children to school, but for what profit? My own? “Not my will, Lord, but Yours!”
Homeschooling requires sacrifices. For me, I choose the ways of the Lord for my children. I choose to die to my selfish desires so I can be led by the Spirit and not by my own flesh. I know the sacrifice of homeschooling is worthy.
When you lay down your will before the Lord, He gives you the rest and clarity you need to accomplish His will for you and your family.
3 – Restful Homeschooling It’s Holy Spirit Led.
Only the Holy Spirit can guide and lead us to do the will of the Father. And our Father in Heaven, who has called us to homeschool our children, is the only One who can truly equip and enable us to do so.
The strength we need is given to us on our knees. “Give us today our daily bread.” As homeschool moms, we must pray every morning waiting for the Holy Spirit to give us the portion of strength, wisdom, and discernment we need to teach our children.
When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead our homeschool, He turns chaos into order, worries into peace, and exhaustion into joy. The stress is lifted off and His love takes over.
We will find true rest in our homeschool when:
- We see homeschooling as a calling and not a burden. Then our work in The Lord is fruitful, not just busy.
- We understand that His will for our children is better than ours.
- It’s Holy Spirit lead on a daily basis.
Is homeschooling making you weary and overwhelmed? God can give you rest!
Our Back to Homeschool Giveaway Is Closed!
A new homeschool year is right around the corner! We want to help remove some of the stress off your shoulders.
Many homeschool moms are busy preparing and finalizing curriculum choices for the upcoming school year. And some homeschoolers are trucking on through the summer months as one school year flows into the next.
Whatever camp you are in, you’re bound to need new homeschool curricula, and winning a gift card to a major online homeschool retailer would surely help you check some things off of your curriculum wishlist. I’m teaming up with some other great homeschool bloggers to bring you a HUGE gift card giveaway to Rainbow Resource Center.
We will be blessing TWO homeschool families with a $250 for you to use on curriculum, books, games, puzzles, or whatever educational supplies you might need!
We know homeschooling can put a financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for multiple children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful. Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.
Find More Restful Homeschooling Inspiration Here:
Our Relaxed, Restful & All About Charlotte Mason Homeschool
The Unrushed Homeschooling Life That Creates Memories
I am so excited for this! I know God is going to do amazing things and will grow this to be a blessing to everyone involved! Being a Founder is amazing and I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us
Thank you so much for all you do for homeschool moms, Ana!! I have just recently found you and have already been tremendously blessed, and this post was a great reminder to me about what I am doing in this season of life, thank you. And what an incredibly generous giveaway as well, what a blessing that will be to the winners (at least I know it would be to my family if we were to win)!!
Thank you so much Cassandra!! I’m so glad to have you here.
This will come in handy for my granddaughters.
Being at rest while homeschooling is so important. I find that when I start my day being in the Word and talking with God, my soul is at rest and our homeschool day is both restful and productive, but when I rush ahead and skipy own time of refreshing my soul, the days tend to be anything but restful. Thanka for this great reminder!
Rainbow Resources offers great workbooks and science kits.
My own mindset is SO important! One of rest means the pressure, most of which we create for ourselves, is no longer a big deal. It’s so hard to stay there, but so important.
What a wonderful opportunity to win this! I always feel inspired reading your articles, Ana! God bless!
Great post to print out for encouragement and that gentle reminder of why we homeschool and for HIS glory! Thanks!
I can become stressed when I feel like I’m not getting through everything in the day that I need to. (Subjects)
I just love this article because it reminds me to rest in the Lord, that I am not solely responsible AND that He will always help me. This alleviates so much stress!
This past year is the first year that I followed Charlotte Mason and the first year that homeschooling was restful, not stressful! 🙂 I love this beautiful education my daughters can receive! 🙂
This past school year is the first year I’ve followed Charlotte Mason and it has been the first year I wasn’t stressed! It was very much a restful year! It really is a beautiful education!
Hi Ana! I, personally, have noticed the difference in our homeschooling days when we start our day off studying the scriptures. There is even a difference in my day when I start off with my own personal study vs. not making time for God first. When we don’t start off our homeschool day with either scripture videos or some type of scripture study, our day doesn’t seem to go as smoothly and I am left feeling frustrated, like I failed some how. It is amazing what a difference it makes when we put the Lord first.
Yes! It makes a huge difference!!
We haven’t started yet. I was worried about it being stressful. Since I’ve found you and other resources, I’m encouraged that it can be restful.
I’m so glad to hear that, Heather!!
I absolutely LOVE how you always put Christ at the center of all you do. That is how it should be! Education is important but discipleship is critical. Thank you!
Praise the Lord! Yes, that’s how it should always be and when it’s not, then it feels like a burden. Keep putting Him first! 🙂