Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fantastic Homeschooling Devotional

I was lucky enough to receive an early copy to read. This devotional hits all the spots for homeschooling parents. You'll find yourself laughing at times or even wondering if Anita, perhaps, has been a fly on your wall. Her stories are ones we can all relate to, and she weaves Biblical truths right into your homeschooling days. Be encouraged each morning with a story, a verse and even a challenge for your day.

Here's an excerpt from her book:

The Source
I can do [everything] through him who
gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Catalogs surrounded me as I sat on the floor of our family room.
ABeka, Sonlight, Five in a Row. Which curriculum should I buy?
Though I had taught graduate and undergraduate journalism
courses, being responsible for my daughter Lisa’s education overwhelmed me.
What did I know about teaching a five-year-old?

Yet my husband, Jim, and I had prayed, explored schools, and
weighed the pros and cons of homeschooling an only child. It
took more than a year before we were certain of God’s leading.

The more I thought about homeschooling, the more I lay
awake at night. What if I messed up her foundational years?
“Lord, I have no idea how to homeschool. Please help me,”
became my daily prayer.

Weeks later at church a sentence grasped my heart: “God
always empowers you for the task he gives you.” It reminded me
of Philippians 4:13.

On our first day of school, Lisa slid her tiny hand into mine as
we bowed in prayer. I knew then that Jesus would walk with us
on this journey.

On our last day of school that year, as Lisa read aloud from her
little Bible, I blinked back tears. Successfully homeschooling her
hadn’t rested on my academic qualifications and abilities, but on
Jesus, my source.

That evening Lisa gasped when Jim handed her a certificate
for completing kindergarten. Eyes sparkling, she refused to let it
go until we promised to frame it. That certificate still has a place
of pride in our home.

Every year since then, we’ve made our last school day special.
It’s a celebration of the end of a school year. And it’s a celebration
of God manifesting his strength through my weakness.

Digging deeper: What reassurance does Philippians 4:13 offer you?

I hope you enjoy this devotional as much as I have! To learn more about Anita and her book, check out her blog:


  1. We homeschooled our daughter from K-4 through third grade, then again from 7th-8th grade. I wouldn't trade those years for anything! This devotional looks like a treasure! Thanks for sharing!

    Wanted to thank you for stopping by Jessica's blog and reading my guest post! I love the way the Lord continues to speak to us about the things we've studied in His Word. I can't take credit for the insight about the temple - I was captivated by this fact though, and thought I'd pass it along! Enjoy your weekend and God bless! :)

  2. Sometimes it's just about passing it on - I really needed that insight this week. Great post, Maria:)