Psalm 32:8 “The Lord says: I will guide you along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch over you.”
Hello! Firstly, I want to welcome you. 😊 It has been forever since I’ve written any posts. At first, I guess I was busy. The world felt like it was shifting so much since the outbreak of Covid19/coronavirus.
Then after having such a long break from writing a blog, I guess I was waiting to have “something worth writing about” 😆.
And actually- I do have something to share!
We are now homeschooling.
I’ll let that sink in. 😄
I think I mentioned at some point earlier this year that I wanted to homeschool? The idea is terrifying, if I’m being honest.😆😊
I have 2 school aged children currently and a 4 year old who likes to learn Preschool (Kindy) things. 💜💜💜💜
However, I don’t want to let fear or sheer terror be the reason that I don’t try things in my life. I want to take leaps of faith and be able to tell others how God helped us do impossible things. The Bible says that God has not given me a spirit of fear: so fear isn’t going to be enough to hold me back!
For those who don’t know me personally, my name is Kelly. I have an incredible husband called William, and we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in February. We have been blessed with 4 daughters (aged from 7 years down to 1.5 years old) And……we recently found out we are expecting baby #5!!!!!!! Woo hoo! I am 10 weeks pregnant 😄 and extremely grateful for another gift to add to our family.
I guess the biggest struggle with wanting to homeschool my girls, is that it is easy to be filled with self doubt.
“HOW can I teach my children? I am not a qualified teacher!”
“What if I don’t educate them well enough, and they fall behind the national standards?”
“How can I juggle my role as a mother and a homeschool teacher?” And the thoughts and concerns go on and on….
If you are reading this, and have a corncern about homeschooling- I bet I’ve either thought it or been asked it.
Number 1 question: “What about socialisation?”
Don’t worry, Alice Springs feels like the capital of homeschooling.😊 My girls have lots of friends and opportunities to enjoy playdates and outings. This is not just an important aspect for their development, but for my wellbeing as a mother too. 😗
Here’s what gives me encouragement and hope in my homeschooling journey: that God’s grace is sufficient for me.
God isn’t just my saviour, He is called “The Good Shepherd”. He is MY shepherd. Psalm 23 is so comforting. The words “He leads me besides still waters”, “He restores my soul” and “He is with me” are like an anchor on the weary days. God will make me lie down in green pastures (we don’t have many green pastures in Alice Springs 😂😂😂) God will teach me and guide me, and hopefully put many homeschooling veterans in my life.
I am also so grateful for the women in my life who pray for me! I have some of the best friends in the world! I am overwhelmed by the love I feel when a friend sends me a message and tells me that they have been praying for me. Prayer is the BEST gift!
There is also a powerful Christian song that is popular right now called “The Blessing” . It reminds me over and over that God is with me, and He is for me. Homeschooling and parenting is hard, but I know that I am not on my own. In my own strength, I would potentially crumple under the pressure. With God leading me, I have the best support I could imagine.
Psalm 27:11 says: “Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path.”
So- I move forward! I pray that God will enable me to raise my children well, and for his glory. I pray that I will pay attention to where God is leading our family: each day and each season.
Above all, I give God my heart and my Praise. I give Him my “Yes” and ask him to help me overcome my fears and doubts.
Whatever you are going through in this time of your life, I pray that you will know God as your Saviour. I pray that you will experience the Peace of God. If you are weary and broken, that you will feel His comfort. I pray that you will trust in God to lead you each day. That you can commit everything you do to the Lord, trust Him and see how He can help you every step of the way!
Love always Kelly xx