The One Word Homeschool Moms Need to Say More Often


 
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The One Word Homeschool Moms Need to Say More Often

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. It’s the day that the Church celebrates Gabriel visiting Mary and asking for her consent in mothering Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Can you even imagine?

As if an angel appearing in front of you isn’t crazy enough, he then tells you – a virgin who is happily engaged to a local carpenter-that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will give birth to God’s son…and oh yeah, you are to name him Jesus. He will be great, rule over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.

Wait, what?!

I can only imagine how Mary was feeling in that moment.

Have you ever had a moment like that? One in which God was calling you to a task that you knew was much bigger than yourself? A job that you felt completely unqualified for? A job that would change the world?

If you are a homeschooling mom, then I would venture to say that yes, you have had one of these moments. I know I have. When God called me to homeschool, I really thought He had me confused with the mom down the street. How in the world could I homeschool my children? I love them, but really God? I don’t have the patience, I work full-time, I’m a nurse not a teacher. How could I possibly homeschool?

Mary had her questions too. Luke 1: 34 records Mary saying, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

You see God doesn’t mind our questions. Truthfully, he doesn’t mind our doubts. He just asks us to have faith despite them.

The last bit of Gabriel’s reply to Mary is key… “for nothing will be impossible for God” It was key for Mary, because even though she didn’t understand how this could be possible, Gabriel reassured her that nothing is impossible for God….and it was key for me in my call to homeschool. Even though I couldn’t imagine how homeschooling would be possible for our family, God assured me that I was right, I couldn’t homeschool my children {alone}, but with Him nothing is impossible.

Mary’s next words were the words that changed the fate of humanity forever. “Behold, I am a handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

That was it. A simple yes, and life as she knew it was forever changed. Not only that, but the world was forever changed as well.

Such is the case for us, too. My very own fiat came at the moment that I consented to God’s plan for us to homeschool our children. Am I equating the decision to homeschool to that of mothering the Son of God? Absolutely not. I’m using this beautiful Feast Day of the Annunciation to reflect on the small yes’s to God that have changed the course of the lives of our family. One of the greatest tasks God has called me to is that of homeschooling my children. It may not change the fate of humanity the way that Mary’s yes has so beautifully done for us, but it makes a difference in the lives of my children. We may not know the full extent of the effects that our “yes” to God has until we reach Heaven. We aren’t called to determine the outcome, we are simply called to be faithful.

I think there is something else that homeschool moms can learn from The Annunciation. You see, Mary said “yes” to God that day, but she also continued to say “yes” to God every single day from that point on. On the hard days, {and Scripture tells us she had many} she continued to look to God and repeat “May it be done to me according to your word”. Even to the point of watching her son beaten, bruised, and put to death on a cross, she continued to say “yes” to God. While I pray that we are never forced to watch our child be crucified, as homeschooling mothers, we have our share of hard and confusing days where we must faithfully say “yes”.

The one word homeschooling mothers need to say more frequently is “yes” to God.

Too many times we offer that initial “yes”, but when we get into the trenches of homeschooling we want to do things according to our own plans. We want our children to learn on our own terms. We want to buy the shiny deluxe curriculum package because it’s “what all the other homeschool moms say is best.” We want our school day to follow a perfect 9am-1pm daily schedule with no interruptions. We want our seven year old to master his multiplication facts by the end of the year. We want our high school senior to ace the SATs and get into that ivy league school. We question our abilities. We consider other schooling options. We consider throwing in the towel. And the list goes on. But the fact is that we get so caught up in our plans and our schedules that we don’t leave God room to work. Our daily “yes” to God becomes replaced with “Okay, but let’s do it this way”. When in fact our way is not what He has planned for our family.

In Luke 2:19 and 51, Scripture tells us that Mary too often pondered Jesus’ life, but she never recanted her initial “yes” because she knew that God’s ways were not hers.

“Behold, I am a handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

What is it that God is asking you to do or change in your homeschoool? What is the small “yes” that you need to whisper to the Lord of Creation today to allow Him room to perform an amazing work under your very roof?

Let the faithful words of Mary, the Mother of us all, to be your cry today and each day from now on.

Do you need a daily reminder of these powerful words? I surely do! I created this beautiful piece of wall art that I display in our homeschool area to constantly remind me to offer a joyful “yes” to our Lord.

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Would you like a free copy of this to add to your home {without the ugly watermark, of course!}? If so, simply enter your email address into the form below and a copy of the image will be sent to you via email. Simply print it out {I prefer cardstock}, place it in a pretty frame and display it in an area of your home that you are sure to see it numerous times each day.

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  1. A beautiful reminder of what our response to God should be.

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Hi, there! I’m Heather Bowen, and I am so glad you’re here.

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