In 1 Thessalonians 3:1-3, we read of Timothy being sent to the church, “to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith”. I believe that Lord is pleased when we encourage one another in the faith.
As a homeschooling mother, I have made my share of mistakes and have learned much along the way. Though I still have much to learn, I am overjoyed when I have the opportunity to encourage a new homeschooler. Sadly, I did not begin homeschooling because I believed God was calling me to do so. I began because my oldest child was struggling in school (pre-school & kindergarten!). As time went on, however, and our family began to walk closer with the Lord, we have seen that His hand has been intimately involved in our homeschooling. We now believe that not only was this His calling for our family, but that it is Him who is sustaining us in our homeschooling journey.
Even though many of the moms I speak with believe the Lord is calling their family to do this, the number one objection I hear from them is their fear of not being “qualified” to teach their children because they don’t have a “degree in education”.
Surely, this is what the world would say, but let’s look to see what God’s Word has to say about this common misconception.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. -Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Clearly this is what the Lord would have us to teach our children, but some would argue that this pertains to “religious” teachings, not academia. I believe that the Bible teaches that if the Lord calls us to do something, He will give us everything we need to accomplish that in Him. Let’s examine just a few passages:
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
In Him, we bear much fruit. Without Him, we can do nothing. What can we do with Him?
Philippians 4:13 teaches us that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I would argue, my friends, that this means we can homeschool our children without a degree in education! Let me encourage you in your faith! If He has called us, He will equip us. He will not call us, and then let us fail our children, if we are looking to Him as our source and our strength.
Ephesians 3:20 reminds us of who He is, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”. Think about what this verse means to us with regards to His calling for our children’s lives.
2 Corinthians 9:8 gives us a glimpse of how He equips us, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
He gives us abundantly because, as Ephesians 2:10 teaches us, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
So, my friends, let me encourage you in your faith. The lies of the enemy and the concerns of the world will creep in on us to discourage us on our path for Him, you can be sure of that. If you are struggling with doubt, seek Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself, His ability, His grace, His love, His provision, and His faithfulness to you and your precious ones.
John 10:10 teaches us that the enemy will come “only to steal and kill and destroy”, but Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”
When our faith is tested, let us cry out to Him, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.” -Mark 9:24
May the Lord bless you and strengthen you in your journey.