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Intimidation Will Turn Giant Killers Into Grasshoppers


Every homeschool parent has experienced fear of inadequacy, any who would deny that are either 1.) lying or 2.) well…. lying.  Everyone everywhere has experienced fear of inadequacy in some area of their lives, but for homeschoolers this is the stuff nightmares are made of.  There is something specific though that I would like to point out, this fear intimidates, that is why it is so effective.  Let us now explore intimidation.

 

The bible tells us a story of the 12 spies going into the promised land to “check things out”.  Caleb and Joshua of course were the only 2 who came back with good reports and hope for conquering it.  The other 10 however, reported that they were in their own sight, as grasshoppers and so they were in the eyes of the giants in the land as well.

 

Did you see that?  They defeated themselves long before the enemy had an opportunity!  They were intimidated by the giants and so they saw themselves as grasshopper sized, they felt they were no match for the task at hand.  Intimidation caused them not to want to go and claim the promise, isn’t that sad?  How familiar does that sound to you?  God called you to homeschooling, so you tiptoed into homeschool land but you see the “giants” in the land.  Teaching your child to read, teaching them higher maths, and foreign languages etc.  and all of these “giants” cause you to feel very much the way the other 10 spies felt, no match for the task.  Intimidation turns giant killers into grasshoppers.  We forget that when God calls us to a task he enables us to perform it!  When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, he already knew who lived in Canaan.   He knew when he called you to homeschooling, all that homeschooling entails!  There are no surprises in God’s book, he wrote it cover to cover before he laid the foundations of the Earth, so why do we fear ?

 

There are some things you should know about intimidation.  First, let me say that if you can be intimidated you can be isolated, and once you are isolated you are easily conquered.  Second,  Satan wants you to be intimidated, because if you aren’t he knows you’re coming to claim your promise.  It is easy to find yourself in an intimidating situation, but there are safeguards that prevent you from succumbing to it.  Let me share a few with you.

 

1.) Protect your “water source”, remember to be daily replenished through prayer.  Do not allow your circumstances to draw your attention away from your source.  If you do, you will dry out and very soon you will be intimidated, isolated, and then defeated. Keep your eyes set upon Jesus, and remember that God gives us victory even when we ought to have defeat.  Trust steadfastly in the Lord, not in anything of your own power or ability.

 

2.) Never let Satan set the terms for the battle.  Never let him convince you that you must meet him on his terms in order to conquer him.  Instead, be like David, go meet him in the name of the Lord.  Speak to your enemy, Speak to God about your enemy.  Speak to your enemy, step up! Tell that fear that you are not afraid, you know that God called you to this and so he will walk you through it.  Remind the enemy that though you walk through the valley of the shadow, the rod and staff will be your comfort.

 

3.) Recognize that you belong to God, Satan is trespassing when he messes with you.  God has guaranteed aleady that the victory will be yours.   Keep walking in faith, heading directly towards your promises, never give up or sit down on the job.  Keep in mind, that faith without works is dead.  You are going to have to “hoof it” across a few dry places, but ultimately following the calling of God will result in victory.

 

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VERY VERY BUSY :)


I HAVE BEEN SOOOOOO BUSY for 3 weeks now almost!!! I will post again THIS week 🙂  Watch for it!

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As you can see, I am the parent of a very disappointed 9 year old boy today.  His team played in an allstars tournament this weekend, and they placed 3rd.  They fought the good fight though, they played until they were exhausted and could play no more.  There is no shame in third……at least that is what I keep telling him, but how do you make that sink in?

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busy busy busy


well guys i will post sometime next week….for right now though, i am mobile and n the midst of fair week and working a fair booth for one of my kids competition cheer team…..love to all!!!

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If you’re going to homeschool….you need to strive for an unoffendable heart


Brookelynn:  “I guess we didn’t accomplish anything, huh mommy?”

What do you say to that?  How do you answer a child who is hurt?

Today, our church recognized the accomplishments of students who were moving from one grade to another.  They recognized them for their academic excellence, their sports accomplishments, and their community service awards given to them by the schools they attend.  As they filed the children in from children’s church and seated my children with me, Brookelynn said “I guess we didn’t accomplish anything, huh mommy?” with a look of hurt on her face.

I suppose I should warn you homeschool moms out there who may be new to the game…..when you’re going against the “norm”, you should prepare your heart for days like these.  I can tell you, because I’ve lived long enough and homeschooled long enough (5 years) to know, your heart will be broken for your children many times because you’ve chosen to take the alternate route and not public or privately school them.  Early on, it wasn’t something I considered because I didn’t think my children would notice. The sad fact is, as they have grown in knowledge and understanding, they have become aware of the difference made between themselves and their publicly or privately schooled counterparts.  So what’s a homeschool mom to do?

My “quick” answer is, tell your children that they are really very accomplished.  Explain to them that although they do not attend a public prison, oops i meant SCHOOL, they are still equally accomplished and likely even more accomplished academically and athletically than those in public schools but unfortunately the “world” doesn’t recognize this because you’ve decided not to conform to the world.   Then, use this as a lesson to teach them the value of posessing an unoffendable heart.  

 

to be continued…….

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A Homeschool Mentor


Don’t you wish that when you began this journey there had been someone ahead of you on this path?  Don’t you wish, that when you were in homeschool “hell”, there had been someone that could’ve said definitively “oh honey…I HAVE BEEN THERE, but believe me this will pass”?  Don’t you wish, that there was someone who really did understand exactly what you meant when you couldn’t find the words to describe the frustration of teaching a child to read who was struggling to learn?”  Well, I am that mom.  I’ve been there, and I can say assuredly  this too shall pass.  I have a very gifted 6 year old, who  is a “homeschool dream”, I also have a dyslexic, auditory processing disordered 9 year old who was very nearly the “homeschool death” of me.  I really do understand.

I know the joy of seeing your little girl doing multiplication at 5, and the pain of seeing your 9 year old struggle to read.  I understand!  I know the “whale motel” side of things…..I ran from the calling to homeschool.  I know the “schechem” side of things from when I returned to that “first place”.  I really do understand!  There aren’t alot of homeschool experiences I have failed to have, so let me assure you…..this mom feels your pain!  I feel compelled to throw these things out into the spotlight, even though I’m sure there will be flaming darts sent my way because I am publicly admitting that I have succeeded many times, and yet still I fail daily.   This is just the kind of admission the “anti-homeschooler” would love to read, and yet…I really could care less.   Why?  Because somewhere out there, there is a mother who is homeschooling and she is seriously considering giving up.  She thinks she’s failed, she know’s she’s hindering her child and not helping, she’s hurting and she’s tired.  I have a reminder for you homeschool sister…..Jesus said

come to me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”  Matthew 11:28

Cast your care’s upon him for he cares for you….and don’t ever forget, when he called you—-he already knew every step it would take to get across this desert terrain, and he planted every well along the way in exactly the right place so that just as you feel overcome….there is a refreshing place to rest.  He’s got this all working together, refining and perfecting you.  Don’t be discouraged, be encouraged….you’re never alone.

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