"Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors" (Psalm 119:24).

Choices are the very thing parents love about homeschooling, but they can also be very frustrating. After making the huge decision to homeschool, parents are immediately faced with a barrage of additional choices, such as which curriculum to use, what teaching method to follow, and countless other where, when, and how questions. With so many variables, new homeschoolers reach out to homeschooling experts for guidance. However, God created every child and home uniquely, and what works for one family might not work for another. Although the experience of other homeschoolers can help to guide us, ultimately only God can show us the perfect homeschooling plan He has designed for our family.

Trusting in the opinions of others can be helpful or disastrous, depending on the counselors you choose. King Solomon's son, Rehoboam, learned this lesson the hard way. After his father died and he became king, Rehoboam was faced with an intense rebellion of the people led by Jeroboam. Jeroboam and the people insisted that Rehoboam be more lenient on the workforce than his father had been. After they voiced their complaints, they asked for a response. Telling them to come back in three days for his answer, Rehoboam first consulted with the elders who had served his father. Not liking their wise response of "speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever," Rehoboam instead turned to the counsel of young men who grew up with him. Acting on their arrogant and prideful counsel, Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people and lost the following of almost the entire nation of Israel (1 Kings 12:1-17).

Are you overwhelmed by the myriad of homeschooling choices? Getting informed and familiarizing yourself with curriculums, techniques, and approaches is a great place to start. Be careful, however, when you actually make your decisions. Many opinions abound, but let the Lord's counsel be the one you trust most. In His wisdom, He'll continue to lead you as you trust in His Word.

Lord, homeschooling seems so overwhelming, and I'm afraid of choosing the wrong things for my children. Please, show me how and where to start and guide me as we start on this new journey together. In Jesus' name, Amen.