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I vividly remember the moment I realized God was calling me to homeschool my kids. I remember the emotion of the moment, some excitement, but most of all, the feeling of inadequacy and fear.
“You’re asking me to WHAT?? How in the world can I do this, Lord, with everything else already on my plate?”
“What will I teach? How will I know what to do? Will I be enough? I don’t think I’m good enough for this!“
I remember divulging these thoughts to my dear friend a few days later. She spoke truth to me that I cling to even to this day, 4 years later: “If God has called you to it, He will lead you through it.”
What a blessing this truth was to this scared, new homeschool mama’s heart!
The beautiful words my friend shared have been continually reinforced to me through God’s Word: God will equip us fully for the tasks He leads us to. Knowing and applying this can be transformative to our lives and our homeschools.
Obedience Despite Insecurities
With any new challenge, we can be caught up in fear and worry. The feeling of inadequacy. Sometimes it can paralyze us from moving forward at all.
Do any of these thoughts ever run through your head, or something similar?:
- I am not very good at this homeschooling thing, everyone else seems to have their act together much more than me.
- I know you want me to do this, God, but I just don’t think I can anymore.
- Someone else would probably be better qualified to teach my kids.
- I’m not sure I am doing enough with my kids – what if I don’t give them a good enough education?
If so, you’re not alone. There are still moments that I struggle with doubt and worry whether or not I am capable of what I know I’ve been called to do.
There are multiple examples in the Bible of people God used who also felt inadequate about what God was asking them to do: Moses (see Exodus 3:11 for example), Joshua (how many times did God have to tell him “Be strong and of good courage”?), Jeremiah. And many others.
We see the end of their stories and the amazing ways in which God used them. In seeing the big picture, we may wonder how they could question God in the first place. But what blessings came from their obedience!
Because we can’t see the big picture in our own lives as they play out, because we can’t see exactly how God is working, that fear and insecurity can creep in for us as well. What comfort it is to know that God can see the beginning and the end of all things – and has a purpose and a plan for everything He leads us to.
Fear is a Liar
The fear and doubt that can cripple us is not from the Lord. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV). God doesn’t want us to live in a state of insecurity. On the contrary, He wants us to rest assured that we will be made complete with all that we need to carry out His will.
God always keeps His promises. He kept the promises he made to Moses, Joshua, and Jeremiah; we need to be obedient just like they were, even though we might face uncertainty.
This week I was drawn to the following verse from Hebrews, in which the writer is praying for persecuted Christians to persevere:
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
I’m sure those Christians felt a lot of fear about the challenges they faced, and wondered if they had what it took to carry on doing God’s will.
The prayer in Hebrews 13 is that God would equip them with everything they good they needed, working in them through Jesus. He was working in them, and as Christians, He is working in us right now to conform us to the likeness of Christ and have the desire and ability to do His will (Philippians 2:13) – how amazing is this promise!
We don’t have to remain fearful or insecure. We can run straight towards our calling knowing that God will equip us and be with us every step of the way.
Putting Our Trust in the Right Place
Just this week, as I am writing this post, my husband and I have been called to fulfill a role in our church. My first reaction? Feelings of inadequacy. Uncertainty. Definitely worries that we would not be able to be the Godly examples we needed to be, that we would be imperfect in fulfilling this role. So many similarities to my initial response to the call to homeschool.
What timing! I’m so thankful for the truths that were laid on my heart this week to allow me to stand firm against the lies of the enemy.
We don’t need to give in to our feelings of inadequacy; we have access to the strength of God, and we can rely on His power! I hope that this truth encourages you this week as well when you feel overwhelmed or inadequate, in your homeschool or anything else the Lord has laid on your heart.
Let’s begin to respond to our callings in a new way: with prayer, drawing close to God, and faithful obedience, knowing that if He calls you, He will equip you fully, every step of the way.
I am so thankful you know my heart and have called me to homeschool. I confess that sometimes I lose trust that I have what it takes so do this, and lose sight of the fact that you will provide for us and equip me for the task.
I need your guidance and I want to rely on you more than I already do. I pray that you open my heart daily, hour by hour, to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit to do your will.
Work in me what is pleasing to you so that Jesus Christ may be glorified in our homeschool.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Thank you so much for joining me in 52 Weeks of Prayer for Our Homeschools! To help you with this challenge (it’s a big one!), each week you’ll be emailed a new printable you can download to guide you in your daily bible study and prayer that week.
This Week’s Printable
These printables have short, totally do-able prompts and reflective questions to help keep you in the Word daily, and a sheet with the weekly prayer on it you can print and hang in your homeschool room.
It’s my hope that this printable helps serve as a reminder to be in God’s Word each day, praying and seeking His will for your life and homeschool.
This week, I also created some printable Scripture Cards with a few verses relating to this week’s theme and prayer. Click the image below to grab them, print them out (laminate them if you’d like) and carry them with you to meditate on throughout the week. You could also stick them up on a mirror, the fridge, or in your homeschool room.
Join the 52 Week Challenge!
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I would love to hear your comments and reflections below: have you had feelings of doubt as a homeschool mom? How have you learned to lean into God and His strength during challenges He calls you to? How will this scripture encourage you moving forward?
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