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Why We Decided To Homeschool {When We Can Barely Afford It}: Part 2

Sending Them Into the Lion's Den 


I wanted to share with anyone who would read this, why we decided to homeschool and how God has worked in our lives. 

Here is Part 1 if you would like to start there.

And this is Part 2:

I first want to say that I thank the Lord for teachers that love Him, love our children, and care about education without political agendas. I have talked about my thoughts on the public school system and those that seem the most offended are teachers. This is not about all teachers-- it's about the corrupt system they work for. Where some educators are the very product of this corrupt system and the ones that are directly pushing the agendas harder onto our children, God fearing teachers aren't as drastic but still have to preform by state standards if they want to keep their jobs. It's an unfortunate circumstance for good, passionate teachers, but I know they do the best they can.

If you are thinking that I sound like a woman who believes in conspiracy theories-- you betcha'.

I submit to you that the very fact that the words "God", "Homesteading", and "Homeschooling" appear on this blog, has probably put me on a radar of some kind.

I won't go into all of my "crazy lady" ideas {even though they have merit!}, but what convicted me the most, was that as a Christian I was willingly and knowingly sending my children to an institution to be educated by a system that hates my Lord.

At times, when I allowed myself to dwell on it, I felt like I was sending them into the lion's den to have their moral and Christian beliefs ripped away from them-- chewed up as the free thinking, loving characters they are-- and regurgitated as  robotic, weak, government worshiping, God hating zombies that Big Brother is eager to produce.

Yes, we are the parents and it IS our job to raise our children, but do you know how many hours I spent  with my children deprogramming them as opposed to training them? Besides, parental rights are infringed upon in the public school system. We experienced this, firsthand.

One day, this past November, I was sitting in my office listening quietly to a sermon. I was pondering how loving and wonderful my Savior is. I was meditating on His goodness and I thought about how I wanted my children to be saved and know this kind of peace throughout their lives. It was at that time that I felt the conviction deep in my chest with a thought so clear:

"And yet you send them to a place that hates Him and all that is good."

At that moment, my thoughts on homeschooling went from "I want to and I should home school" to "I HAVE to homeschool". 

I didn't know how I was going to convince my Hubby. I talked to him about it before. It was out of the question, right? How were we going to make it work financially? Can we do this?Will we be okay?

Then I remembered the promises in God's word: 

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

After recalling these to mind, I whispered a prayer, "Lord, please soften my husband's heart. You're the only one that can convince him." 


Why We Decided To Homeschool {When We Can Barely Afford It}: Part 1 Why We Decided To Homeschool {When We Can Barely Afford It}

 A Pipe Dream {Or So I Thought}

I really debated on whether or not to post this. However, I feel that this is a testimony of how my God works and I feel that this can help someone out there.

I am a momma of two sweet children.

When they were small, I kept children in my home to afford to be able to stay home with them. However, when babysitting became inconsistent and income was fluctuating so erratically, we decided that it was time for me to go back into the work force.

This is a decision that I mourned in the years to come.

Five years ago, when my daughter {the eldest of my two babies} was in the 2nd grade, I mentioned homeschooling to my hubby because I was very unhappy with a few things that my daughter was experiencing in public school:

1) My child is an advanced learner and since the teachers teach to the slowest learner in the class {not their fault!}, my child was bored and her boredom got her in trouble-- a lot. I asked her why she couldn't sit still and quietly, she said because she was already finished and there was nothing to do. Please know that her father and I corrected her behavior but the issue remained unchanged. She was bored and couldn't move on until the other students were ready.

2) There was an issue where another 2nd grader educated my child on certain adult behaviors that NO child should know at that age. This was heartbreaking. A slice of her innocence was gone.

My hubby worried about our finances, so he turned down the idea. We did depend on my income to keep the ship afloat and probably always would. Also, there was a concern that homeschooling would limit our children's opportunities.

So, that was that. Homeschooling was out of the question and off of the table forever.

Or so I thought.

*As a caveat, I would like to add that with the help of some special people, we were able to send the kiddos to a small, private Christian school for a couple of years-- something that we are very grateful for-- but they had to go back into the public school system.


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