Season of Re-education
& Renewing of the Mind
If, at any point along the way, you start feeling overwhelmed, I want you to not succumb to fear or fatigue, but remember this verse (one of my favorites):
and are weary and heavy-laden, and I
will give you rest. My yoke is easy, my burden
is light. Learn from Me for I am
humble and meek..."
I don't tell anyone that they have to do it this way, or do everything I have listed, or do it in any particular order. It really needs to be led by the Holy Spirit! And He will not overwhelm!
The thing that got me to put it into a more "formal" format, complete with a syllabus, is that here in Washington state, one of the ways to "qualify" to homeschool is to take such a course that is sponsored by a post-secondary institution. Mine is, for that reason alone. I personally don't feel that homeschoolers truly need to "qualify", and I have written a very in-depth, five-page article on
"Obeying the Governing Authorities, Testing, and Qualifying to
Homeschool" that's pretty radical, but only because our culture has veered far from God's purposes for and ways of "educating." However,
I've observed that most homeschoolers don't have a very deep or solid understanding of all this and seek out a homeschool course. There are 11 others offered in the state; I wanted one that would not pull them toward "doing school at
home" -- which overwhelms! After reading my "Obeying the
Governing Authorities" article, you may even feel differently about taking
a course! Again, getting DEoverwhelmed! My own hope is that ALL homeschoolers will put themselves through -- allow God to take them through -- a "season of re-education and renewing of the mind," whether they (think they) "need" it to "qualify" to homeschool their children. They will save themselves much heartache, disillusionment, frustration, lack of good fruit, and money!!!
It may be that the
feeling of unsettledness isn't just from getting ahead of Him, but from realizing where He wants to take us (even if we have only a little piece of the picture at this point) and where we
aren't! :-) So use that unsettled feeling to
compel you straight to the feet of Jesus, the open arms of the Father, under the
wings of the Holy Spirit. That is the place God wants to get you to! THAT is where you'll find rest and peace,
not from dealing or fighting with the struggle itself. Only saying
"YES, LORD!" to everything He is leading will get you to the next step, and the next, and the next.
:-) Not avoiding the struggle. If you need to rest, then rest.
But know that your true, lasting rest will come from surrendering to Him, to His leading, to His plan for you.