Like the little blue engine, my chant each morning during my early years of homeschooling was "I think I can do this!" I'm sure if others had heard my thoughts, they would have laughed. Trying to gain the confidence I needed for homeschooling, I thought that if I said the words enough, I would eventually believe them. Truthfully, I wasn't quite so sure I could homeschool. The idea of teaching my five-year-old seemed easy enough, but that was before I started teaching phonetic sounds. Since I had learned to read with sight words, teaching phonics was a whole new experience. Already, I was facing a roadblock of insecurities, and my homeschooler was only in kindergarten! What was I going to do when we got to high school?

Joshua knew the insecurity of facing new challenges in his life, too. Taking over where Moses left off, he inherited the responsibility of leading God's people into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1-2). Can you imagine how overwhelmed he must have felt following in Moses' footsteps? Understanding his fears, God reminded Joshua three times to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1: 6, 7, and 9). Encouraging him further, God also told Joshua, "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee" (Joshua 1:5).

Are you feeling insecure today while you lead your children in their education? If God has led you to homeschool, the same words He spoke years ago to Joshua apply to you as well. You can become a courageous homeschooler, but it won't come from tooting your own whistle and saying, "I think I can." Instead, you must realize that God is the One who powers your engine to climb any homeschooling hill. In His strength, you'll arrive at the wonderful destination of successfully homeschooled children. "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" (Joshua 1:9).

Lord, some days being responsible for my children's education scares me. Remind me that You alone give the strength and wisdom to stay on track. Please, encourage me now and help me to be courageous in the Holy Spirit's power. In the name of Jesus, Amen.