I hate to say it, but just like I told you Monday, today we are having forced schooling with corporeal punishment. Sigh. Tuesdays are so discouraging. I wonder if you can just let a kid graduate without math.
When my kids face something hard to do, I try not to let them quit. Who ever learned anything by quitting? If I let them develop a quitting habit now, what kind of character will they have later in life? There will much harder things than school work coming in their future: challenges to their faith; keeping a marriage not only together, but sweet; possibly starting and keeping a business going; and hopefully, training children! (That has to be the most difficult of all, but potentially the most rewarding.)
So here I am facing something hard to do. Tuesday is the day in every week when I would like to just quit homeschooling. The home part is easy. It’s the school part that is such a struggle sometimes. I am trying to learn the same lesson I am also trying to teach my girls. When something is hard to do, PRAY first. Trust God to help you. Keep trying. Don’t give up. I know why my daughter wants me to be right by her side when she is grunting and moaning and crying over math (truly, she sounds like she is giving birth to an elephant). It’s the same reason that I want someone by my side while I am struggling and sighing, and yes, crying, over teaching. Because I have three other children who need my attention, I can’t stay by her side constantly, and I don’t even want to. But I thank God for his omnipresence! He doesn’t have to run off to take care of his other children – He is by my side through the whole battle, reminding me to pray, reminding me that, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13.
This is God’s will for my family. We homeschool by conviction. We do it not only because we believe it is right, but because we believe the alternative is wrong. When moms who once said they homeschool because they believed it was God’s will for their family now say they are quitting, I have to ask them, when did God change his mind?? I know God has not changed his mind. My God, the Lord Jesus Christ, gives grace. He will give MORE grace as I need it. He will give more grace as YOU need it. Pray. Trust him. Keep trying. Don’t give up! He is by your side, giving yet more grace. “But the God of all grace (…) make you (and me!) perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you (me!).” 1 Peter 5:10