“Well, I guess you’d better quit. Just call the school and have them send the little yellow bus to pick up your kids tomorrow,” I said sarcastically to my friend who was discouraged after a long week of homeschooling. These were certainly not the most encouraging words to say to a fellow homeschooler, but it was effective. Responding with a renewed commitment to homeschool, she sought the Lord’s guidance and changed her curriculum to better fit her daughters’ learning styles.

As homeschoolers, we’ve all been at the place of wanting to throw in the towel. Satan provides numerous temptations and reasons for us to quit homeschooling our children. However, God’s Word says, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62b). We need to be steadfast and not give up when our children complain, other people slander, and daily chores become too much. Looking back takes our eyes off the One who can lead us through a difficult time, and we simply need to ask God to make a way through the problems: “For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Matthew 6:8b).

My friend still remembers that turning point in her homeschooling. Hopefully, you’ll be gentler than me as you encourage other homeschoolers. There is a promise waiting to be received for instructing our children at home — godly children and godly parents! “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35-36).

Jesus, my strength to homeschool is in You alone. Only Your wisdom can help me teach Your children what they need to learn. Provide the encouragement I need today and help me hold fast to the promises You give in Your Word. In Jesus' name, Amen.