I have a 16 year old daughter who is the only one of my three kiddos who is homeschooled on a part time basis. She attends a blended charter school where she goes to school two days a week and then she is home three days a week.
We actually started homeschooling her the second half of second grade. I remember the day I decided to home school Trinity. I was sitting on the floor playing with my son, Isaac, and I had this burden on my heart. A burden that my children’s faith was going to be tested even more than mine. I knew I needed to prepare them for that time in their life. Then I got up off the floor, and went to my husband who was in the laundry room doing laundry (what an amazing man!) and I told him I wanted to home school Trinity. That was the beginning of our journey.
Now it seems this journey may be coming to an end very shortly. Today my daughter told me that next year she doesn’t want to be homeschooled anymore. She said she would like to give public school another try. My heart is a little sad that this journey could be ending soon. Maybe she will change her mind between now and next school year, but I don’t think she will. Back then I knew it was time to bring her home, and now I feel like next year will be time to send her out into the world.
The “old” Heather, the one that started homeschooling in the first place, would’ve been very afraid and answered “NO” very quickly to my daughter’s request to go back to public school. The “old” Heather wouldn’t have placed her two youngest into elementary school in February of this year.
The older my children get, the more I have to trust God, and I need to claim His promises over our life.
Something that keeps impressing on my heart is a hope that leads in the midst of peer pressure, and a hope that stands when life is falling apart.
I want my children to have unshakeable faith, and a hope that leads.
I am not scared of the journey ahead. I am aware of what she is going to face out there, but my goal has always been to give her the tools to go out into the world. I know that the Lord will honor the time my husband and I have invested into our children.
If we are going to have a hope that leads then we need to throw off all that is weighing us down, especially our fears…In leading my children I will always cling to hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13