All of us start homeschooling for a particular reason—some defining catalyst that throws us over the homeschooling fence. Some homeschoolers make the decision to teach their children due to a negative experience with public school. Prompted into action by their children’s negative attitudes and personality shifts, these parents are concerned about meager instruction, the absence of godly curriculum, or a threat to their child’s safety.

Other homeschoolers like me began teaching because of a deep conviction that God had a different plan for their family. I firmly believed in Christian education, but cost factors, doctrinal differences, and maintaining family closeness eliminated a Christian school option. I knew God wanted me to teach academics and spiritual truths according to His Word, so homeschooling was our best choice. What I discovered was the thrill of learning right along with my children. Math, history, science, geography, language, and other subjects all took on a new dimension when the Lord was in the lesson.

If you feel the Lord leading you to homeschool, stop sitting on the fence. Homeschooling is a rewarding career. Homeschool websites, curriculum fairs, and support groups are just waiting to help you get started. May the words in Joshua 24:15 guide you in your choice: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Lord, I accept Your leading to homeschool and ask You to send the help I need. Please, clearly show me how to prepare our children to live a life that glorifies You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.