I've reached a season in my homeschool tenure when I want to tip my king and frantically wave my tattered white flag! This is our tenth year - tenth - and I find myself weary of the battle of trying to manage well both a school and a home. I feel like my attempts are about as successful as my game: my pieces are too spread out with no defense, I seem trapped in defense rather than offense, the queen is on the run, and my plans aren't working! Oh how tempting to tip the king! (Or, in this case, the principal!) Like any good soldier, though, I know I must press on and keep "fighting the good fight" just as the apostle Paul did. Surrender is simply not an option.
As I continue fighting fatigue and feelings of inadequacy, the Lord keeps whispering this promise to my fragile heart: "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." (Gal. 6:9) "But Lord, I already AM weary; I'm tired," I confess. I truly want to reap the rich reward of homeschooling, but the harvest is conditional; I must not give up. Then I hear my Lord offer what I desperately need: "Come to me, all you who are weary... and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28) He has already made provision for my weaknesses; He has already met my need! Perhaps all i need to do is tip my king of self-dependence and surrender to the One who never fails.
I've never met a homeschool mom who hasn't been tempted to quit at least once or twice - each week! (I'm kidding. Sort of.) Seriously, how have you overcome times of wanting to quit? We all need each other in this crazy adventure called "homeschooling", so please share a thought or two below. It just might be the what someone else needs to hear in order to keep going!