By Charity Decker, Apologia
I am not yet a homeschooling parent, but as an Army wife, I think we share a thing or two in common. For example, we both must practice the art of flexibility on a daily basis. You know, that little skill that is required when your day doesn’t go as you had sketched it out in your mind?
I am a planner. I enjoy strategizing my days to see how I can get the most done possible between the time I get up until the time I go to sleep at night. However, take a quick glance at my calendar and you’ll see a scribbled-out mess of to-do items that have been moved from one square box to another. Military life can be full of spontaneous moves, random work hours, and unknown deployment dates. Just the other day, I found out my husband’s long-distance training was to be extended another eight weeks. Eight weeks?! That’s a lot of scribbling out to do.
It’s probably safe to assume that as a homeschooling parent your day rarely goes as intended. Sure, you can decide to set a schedule and have your kids abide by it. You may have visions of one subject flowing seamlessly into another, but in between math and English, a glass of milk is spilled, a knee is skinned, or an attitude needs correcting. During science, someone asks a question about evolution and you go off on a tangent. Now you’re way behind schedule on history, you forgot to thaw the meat for dinner, and just where is that Spanish book?!
Proverbs 16:9 (nlt) says, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” As Christians, we know that God is sovereign and in control, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty details of our day, do we really believe this? Do we get out of bed each morning with our minds focused on our agendas or with hearts surrendered to the Lord’s plans? Do we trust that a good God is ordering our steps and therefore open our hands to receive His daily agenda for our families? Don’t get me wrong, a calendar is a perfectly good and useful tool for making our lives less stressful. But we as humans are prone to twist that which God created as good.
My challenge to you is this: Commit your homeschool itinerary to the Master Planner each morning. Yes, strive to keep your family on task and disciplined, but willingly embrace the unforeseen moments. For they are moments foreknown by a loving God and intended for your good.
Charity Decker is a home school graduate who is passionate about training young women to be good guards—of their hearts, to be exact! Charity received her degree in Counseling and Psychology from Toccoa Falls College in North Georgia. She went on to acquire a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In November of 2011, she married the love of her life and moved to Fort Bragg to take on the role of an Army wife. Charity enjoys taking care of her little home, teaching exercise classes, and working as the Logistics Manager for Apologia Educational Ministries. Both she and Jared (also a home school graduate) look forward to homeschooling their own children one day. Charity will be speaking in the Four-12 Track at each of the Teach Them Diligently Conventions in May.