Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Back To School In Part

My kids are off! Backpacks stuffed to the seams, lunches packed, water bottles sweating...they're gone. Uncertain of what third, fifth and eighth grade hold, we prayed for calm to their/my anxieties last night and before they left the car.

Their first day of school was today (Tuesday), and their second day will be Thursday. As a mom who tried to the full-time home school thing, it wasn't long before God showed me that was not His ideal plan for our family. (Not sure the kind of counseling we all would need as a result even exists.) However, where I live, we have an incredible alternative for those who do not feel called to send their kids to school full-time but also need help with the education. It's called parent-partnered education, and it is the right scenario for us. (Notice I didn't say "perfect scenario"?)

The school, which is accredited and goes all the way through high school, plans their lessons, teaches the new concepts and then tests them on the days at school. We've been educating this way for seven years, though I can hardly believe it's been that long.

Here's the clencher, the reason why I say it is right and not perfect: the school follows the classical model of learning, and it is H-A-R-D!!!! So when my teenage son comes to ask me about Latin translations or Roman history, I'm sorta freakin' out. The "phone a friend" or email the teacher method is usually the answer he gets. I'm so thankful for the two days of quiet, but I pay for it on the other three. Still, going with God's idea for us is best.

I was just thinking this morning: What if God chose the parent-partnered model of educating us? What if He taught us only a few days a week and left us the other days to learn new concepts from our pastors and teachers? I mean, He uses those people to give us insight and teach us things, sure, but He does not leave us on our own to do that. He gave us the Holy Spirit for each and every moment of all our days on this earth. Isn't that cool?

With this message comes great comfort and peace. Through His constant presence, we have everything we need--not only for Godly living, but for our difficult times as well.

Joshua 1:9 ( (NLT)
"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Romans 8:11 (NIV)
"And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you."

John 14:26 (NIV)
"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."

Also with this message comes great responsibility. It requires obedience on our part. Sacrifice. Humility. Trust (there's that word again).
Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)
" For this is what the high and lofty One says—
He who lives forever, whose name is holy:
"I live in a high and holy place,
but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite."

Romans 12:1 (NIV)
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship."

Romans 15:13 (NIV)
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Thank goodness, God is our full-time parent, teacher, counselor and friend. Today, let's praise Him for the fact that we don't have to walk into the classroom of life alone. For without His constant help and presence, we would most certainly get a failing grade.

In the Key of HE,

11 friends shared a comment:

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

As I was reading your post I got so engrossed by it that I didn't realize I was practically gulping the smoothie I just made and now I have a brain freeze. I'm not sure why I needed to share that with you lol. You know me, not everything has to make sense. Now back to your post....God guides everyone differently for their each individual purpose so I know that you have peace about whatever He is doing in your life right now. Your kids are adorable by the way!
Blessings my friend.

Kathryn said...

A big "Praise God!" from my little corner of the world. How wonderful to have the gift of His indwelling Holy Spirit!

Joanne Sher said...

Oh, what a frightening thought - I was wondering where you were going with the parent partnered thing, and you NAILED it. SO thankful for His Spirit here full-time (and then some). Great verses too, by the way.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I have never heard of this kind of schooling! I'm not sure I would take to well to the routine, but it's an interesting blend of influences. Hats off to you for making it work.

I'm so glad that God doesn't take days off. I wish I could say the same for myself.


Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

Excellent post and you look far too young to have a teenager

lori said...

You know that was an AMAZING post! AMAZING! As a homeschooler..I've learned that I can't do this alone...I need God and OTHERS that He places on our path to make this work! IT's not what everyone else is doing, it's what works for us...I LOVE reading that you guys found what works too...

I'm letting the Spirit guide! It's ALWAYS there...even when I don't have the answer..and there is no "answer key!"

You ROCK! (that's what all the 8th graders say ;))


Kristen Karnes Hester said...

Great message. My kids also go to a Classical Christian school so I can really relate to the H-A-R-D part! I'm so glad we are NEVER alone. Praise God.

And as far as the set-up: Thumbs Up! He's sooo handsome. Lovely family.

Dee Yoder said...

No, He never leaves us and what a comfort that is! Wonderful blog, Laura.

Laury said...

Wonderful truths here, Laura. Thank you for sharing. I quoted you for my blog today. Love you, dear sister - always and forever!

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

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Congrats my friend.

Patty Wysong said...

This is sooooo good, LaLee! Excellent thoughts, and oh so very comforting! No phone-a-friend and emailing with God. TOO cool!!