Homeschooling Resolutions When Your World Feels Unresolved
A guest post by Amy Roberts of Raising Arrows
Usually following the Christmas season with its lax homeschooling schedule and its busy social calendar, I am ready to jump back in to homeschooling full swing. But, this year, that won't be happening.
As soon as the Christmas decorations are put away, my life will speed up and homeschooling will take on a different approach as we pack up the contents of our home and move to the country. This is the second year in a row we have moved shortly after Christmas. It makes New Year's Day, with its resolutions and fresh starts, a bit frustrating since I feel like the only resolution I can make is to survive.
However, if I look back over my life, my New Year's Resolutions have never looked like your typical resolutions. In 2001 and 2009, I had just had a
baby. In 2008, we were living in a hospital with a very sick little girl. In 1997, 2005, 2011, and now 2012, we were moving. And so my resolutions look more like short term goals than earth shattering motivational speeches.
It isn't uncommon for us to find ourselves as human beings living in the midst of something unresolved. We may be dealing with any number of life events that make us feel as if we are living in limbo between where we were and where we are going. But, as Christians, it is wonderful to know Who holds the future and that we need not make grandiose plans because the Lord guides our footsteps and He will not let us fall.
Making short term mini-resolutions are quite in line with Psalm 119:105 where it says, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." God lights our path little by little.
So, this year as I pack and unpack and settle into a new home with new routines, I resolve to create a lifestyle of learning. I resolve to stop worrying if I purchased the "right" curriculum. I resolve to enjoy my children and their days of learning rather than race through every subject like I'm checking off boxes on my to-do list. I resolve to follow where the Lord leads...
little by little.
Amy Roberts is the homeschooling mother of 6 living children and one precious little girl named Emily being held in the Lord’s arms. Her days are filled with giggly girls, rambunctious boys, and sticky baby kisses. At night she writes about it all at Raising Arrows, a blog dedicated to homeschooling, large family living, and hope for grieving hearts. It is her deepest desire that out of the overflow of her heart, her mouth should speak…and her fingers type.