Gospel Shaped Homeschooling and Parenting
About Meeting Christ in the Chaos
I need Jesus. We all need more of Jesus.
Mothering is a calling, and homeschooling is a vocation. We know that, the truth of it is in our bones.
But sometimes (often? almost always?) we get bogged down in the practical details of living and teaching that we lose our inspiration and joy. Just keeping our children fed, and in clean laundry can seem like an impossible task, never mind adding in math and reading and family devotions.
We’re stressed out and overwhelmed, and there just isn’t enough of us to go around.
In the crazy busyness of our day to day it is so easy to forget the love, and the reason we ever got into this craziness to begin with.
Unknowingly, we start living as though Christian parenting and homeschooling is about proving something to the world (or our family, neighbour, friend) by having perfectly behaved children, early readers, amazing field trips, or [insert ridiculous standard here]. But is that really why? Of course not.
Our purpose in life, parenting and homeschooling is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Does that statement fill you with relief? I feel like I can breathe again.
In fixing our eyes on Jesus, and by diving deep into the mysteries of the Gospel we can find renewed vision, strength, and fulfillment in this Holy and hard calling of motherhood and homeschooling.
Because the Gospel changes everything.
In this place I pray that you would be encouraged in the Lord. I pray that together we would seek and find all the ways knowing Jesus changes how we parent and how we homeschool. I pray that you come away with both inspiration and practical help.
I pray that you feel burdens lifting, and that your breathing is easier.
I pray that your children would know and love the One who loved them first.
Hey, I’m Sara!
I have 5 children, four boys and one girl, ages 10,8,6,4 and 1 (in other words it’s crazy and loud around here!). I’ve been “officially” homeschooling for 6 years.
Our homeschooling style is mostly based on Charlotte Mason’s methods, which is a good fit for our family, though I dabble in and borrow from many other streams.
My husband is the Executive Pastor of Innerkip Presbyterian Church, and is also pursuing his doctorate in Preaching from Tyndale Seminary. He’s pretty cool. You can follow him on Twitter @carlsantos55
Some of my favourite things are reading aloud, drinking tea, leading worship and Bible studies, and baking bread. My guilty pleasure is homemade cinnamon buns, and I find every excuse I can to make them!
The one thing that has changed my life more than anything else is the Gospel – the truth of Jesus love for me, that he died in my place that I might know God and have eternal life. It’s truth so simple a child could understand and yet the depths and riches of such good news could be mined forever.