“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness” (Isaiah 35:8a).

After the initial excitement wears off, the first year of homeschooling can seem quite challenging. Parents and children adjust to new routines, and things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. Gears grind as schedules get interrupted, children misbehave, and new disciplines are learned. During this crucial transition period, many homeschoolers feel overwhelmed and think they made a mistake. Some even give up and say, “Homeschooling is too hard, and it’s not for me.”

Shifting gears to homeschooling doesn’t have to be difficult if God is in control. Like an automatic transmission smoothly brings a car up to speed, God’s presence and power provide the finely tuned peace and patience that keep your homeschooling successfully cruising down the road. Whether you’re facing bad attitudes, deprogramming your children from public education, or simply learning how to use your curriculum effectively, God’s wisdom will guide you if you ask for it (James 1:5).

What’s the status of your homeschooling today? Is your patience blown like a steaming radiator? Is your engine running rough as you power through the day in your own strength? Don’t call the tow truck to send your homeschooling to the salvage yard just yet. Give God the wheel and let the Holy Spirit overhaul your homeschooling to start enjoying the ride of your life! “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Father, please guide me today as our family travels down the homeschooling highway. Empower me with the Holy Spirit and fill me with Your presence to keep going when the road gets bumpy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.