Pushing Through the Hard Days

If homeschooling were an Olympic sport, where would you medal? How would you score yourself on pushing through the hard days?

I started homeschooling in 2008. It was easy. So easy and fun I thought I knew everything. My son truly loved learning. I patted myself on the back thinking, surely I should be writing a book about homeschooling. We were having such a blast together it didn’t even feel like work!

It would be a few years before I ran into complaining, arm-wrestling over long division, a second-term miscarriage, a frequent traveling spouse, a move, and even worry over job security {thankfully not all in the same year}.

The schedule was the same, original family rules hung on the wall, and daily expectations never wavered. Yet I was beginning to feel exhausted by the end of our days and started losing my joy. Maybe I didn’t know everything about homeschooling after all.

pushing through the hard days

Maybe you feel like a homeschool failure. I did many times. I felt like I couldn’t get anything right and what was once easy had become hard. Real hard.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” John 10:10 NASB.

Hard days are not identical for each homeschool family, yet they all seem to have the same result. These (different) situations weigh us down, strip us of our joy, and sap resolve. If you are in a season of chronic illness, moving, disappointment, frustration, deployment, disobedience, unemployment, loneliness, or hurt, we know it’s hard to just-keep-swimming.

Pushing Through the Hard Days

The fact that we homeschool surely does not shelter us from life experiences. I have learned that rather than withdraw, feel sorry for myself, or carry the burden myself, I have a few other options that bring about better results.

  • Cry out to the Lord and trust that He is in control.
    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB
  • Believe that God is with you – right now in these hard days.
    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10 NIV.
  • Choose to focus on the whatevers!
    “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” Philippians 4:8 NASB.

As different as our situations might be, God’s Word has the same powerful ability. Find a list of verses that speak to your heart. Post them, memorize them, and speak them in your home. God’s Word is full of promises.

Find worship music you enjoy and play it often. Let in the sunshine and get fresh air. Rather than count all the hard things, start counting the good things.

We’re praying for you today!

Stef Layton
Stef is a homeschooling mom to two energetic superheroes. She believes in hands-on interest-led learning. Married to a busy traveling golf course architect, they have taken their homeschool on the road to enjoy many field trips. Stef is the Author of Educating Laytons, Conference Coordinator and Host of The Titus 2:1 Conference, Creator of The Homeschool Village, and Homeschool Community Manager for The Happy Housewife.
Stef Layton
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Stef Layton

Stef is a homeschooling mom to two energetic superheroes. She believes in hands-on interest-led learning. Married to a busy traveling golf course architect, they have taken their homeschool on the road to enjoy many field trips. Stef is the Author of Educating Laytons, Conference Coordinator and Host of The Titus 2:1 Conference, Creator of The Homeschool Village, and Homeschool Community Manager for The Happy Housewife.

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