In the Limelight

Did you imagine your role as a homeschooling mother to be quiet and obscure? Did you picture yourself being behind the scenes and working as a support person only? Nothing could be further from the truth! Every time someone asks, "Where do your children go to school," you are immediately thrust into the spotlight and find yourself facing an endless barrage of questions.

Many great women of the Bible also faced the same challenge. They had to stand up or speak up for the cause God placed in their lives. Abigail was led by God to save her family by going ahead of her husband's foolishness and providing a meal for King David and his men. Ruth braved danger in gleaning the wheat from Boaz's field in order to save Naomi and herself. Rahab believed in the God of Israel and put out a scarlet rope to save her family from Joshua and his army. Deborah was a prophetess who went to battle because Barak didn't have enough faith to fight without her.

Take courage and know that the God of the universe is with you. Just as He went before Israel as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, He will go before you and give you the words to say when you are confronted. Matthew 10:19b-20 says, "Take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." Trust the Holy Spirit to lead you and be not ashamed of the wonderful opportunity God has given you to homeschool your children.

Lord, make me courageous today and not afraid. Give me the words to say to represent You to a lost and dying world. Lead me today, so I can guide the children You have given me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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MECHELLE B 07/27/2010 11:37:26

Thank you for posting this article. It is something I face everyday. I was just thinking the other day that during our summer vacation we can relax and not have to be concerned with the dreaded question. Where do you go to school? When my daughter is asked this question she has come to feel the same spirit of resistance that I have noticed throughout her years of being homeschooled. She will politely answer the question and hope to be received with encouraging words of praise. That unfortunately is not always the case. I find myself holding my breath in anticipation of the reply. Thank you for reminding me to 'Breath" and let God do what is needs to do. I am glad you reminded me of the purpose God put in my life. This journey is nothing like I had invisioned it to be but I am so thankful to know that I have these years with my daughter. She is going to be in the 6th grade this year and has always been taught at home. I often talk with her friends and family that attend our local public schools and have discovered that my daughter is learning above the academic level that these children are being taught. I would not trade these days for anything. We have learned a great deal in the six years of schooling her, and look forward to what God has prepared for us in the future. This is truly a calling from God. Hold on and enjoy the journey the rewards are amazing.

ANA B 07/27/2010 13:45:40

Jeremiah 29:11 I loved the devotion... Psalm 32.8 Ana

Kelly L 07/28/2010 21:44:29

I am so glad that I stumbled across these daily devotionals. I am new to the homeschool world. I am nervous but excited mostly. I have caught myself already trying to avoid the "school" topic when talking with others. I have been very surprised, though, at whom the negative responses come from. My mother and best friend have been the least supportive. My mother-in-law was the most positive and supportive which is unlike her completely. "What about socialization?", "Don't you have to have a degree to teach?", and "Why? What happened?" are the questions I get from people. I have doubted my decision often but every day when I check my email, I am reminded that God has steered me in the right direction...his direction. It's true that the straight and narrow path is paved with kneeprints. Praise God for the gift of the Holy Spirit that helps us along the way.

CLARISSA W 07/27/2011 05:54:28

God is using these devotionals in a mighty way! They seem to be perfectly timed in so many ways. I am facing a big decision on Friday and have been back and forth about it, and after reading this, I know the Lord is using it to speak to me as well--not only in reassurance that He is guiding my steps like the Isrealites, but that He also will give me the words to speak Friday in front of these important people because it will be the Holy Spirit and for His own glory, as these are non believers. I know that I can speak with boldness now. Thank you for this ministry. This just goes to show that scripture is true for all situations, not just homeschooling, but all facets of our lives. Thank you.

SUZANNE S 07/27/2011 08:30:38

I was just talking to God last night about homeschooling and everything going on right now with my family. It's wonderful to read a devotion that "strikes a cord" and the faith that I was meant to read it! Helps put my mind at ease and I know this is God speaking to me!!! So made my day, thank you...

CATHERINE D 07/27/2011 10:13:29

Thank you so much for posting this article. It spoke to me in a bit different way. I am still in the first year after losing my mom. Just knowing that school is soon to start again, I have been struggling with the concept of whether I can do another year of home schooling and had been considering private school. This devotional was just right to remind me that I am not alone (I did know that but sometimes it helps to be reminded). Thank you so much...

JENNIFER H 07/30/2011 12:24:16

Your devotionals daily are very encouraging. Thank you. I am sending my son to a private Christian school for 3rd grade and I am seeking the Lord's guidance and direction on the decision for 4th grade. Even though it is a Christian school I already see the influences of the world encroaching in on the lives of the students daily. The circumstance of my life at this moment require me to do this for now. Having said that - the decision to send my son to a small private Christian school get's responses from people that think he is "missing" something by not being in a public school. My response is "If I have to explain it to you - you probably will not understand" BE PROUD YOU CAN HOMESCHOOL there are so many INFLUENCES on our children daily that if can shield them from some of them until they build the ability to discern the wicked in the world - Amen for that. I support all homeschooling parents and I pray a blessing on you all that every need is met for you to be able to continue your journey with your children. God is good and He gave us our children to bless us and what better way than to teach them His precepts and promises by homeschooling them. Be blessed all of you!

MARLENE T 07/27/2012 05:10:41

Wow!! I to have been wrestling all summer long trying to make a decision whether I should home school or not and then the issue of what curriculum to homeschool them with is another struggle as well.. Lord, help me to hear and obey our will for our children!! LORD, speak for I am listening! Marlene

TRISCH W 07/27/2012 06:46:30

I have struggled with whether or not to homeschool my son. We haven\'t come against so many challenges within the past 2 years. I finally decided to home school this year. My son would be entering the 10th grade. I also have had a lot of negative feed back from family, but my church family has been so supportive. My church has a home school coop and I get nothing but positive feedback from other moms. I know that if God has placed something upon your heart and I have been praying for along time. He has given me the resources to teach my child and what I will be teaching is Biblically sound. I look forward to reading all the material Alpha Omega is sending me. God Bless Trisch

KATHY S 07/27/2012 07:20:58

I\'m starting to realize that the question of \"Where do you go to school?\" is nothing more than a question presented by strangers that have no idea of what else to say to your child. Similar to \"How are you today?\" and \"Isn\'t it just so hot outside today?\" I realize that some people genuinley care, but some it\'s just part of an awkward trying to make conversation. At Cardiac Rehab yesterday, all 3 of the ladies asked my son where he went to school, he proudly said \"HOMESCHOOL\", and I mean very proudly. The ladies got stumped, one said \"OH\", and one actually said \"I know someone who\'s homeschooled\" 3rd lady just smiled. So, I immediatley say \"WE JUST LOVE IT, BEST DECISION WE EVER MADE\", and my son (who is so shy) chimes in, \"It\'s just so much better than the schools I went to, I learn more and understand it better\". So, of course at that point, I am beaming with joy. WE are so happy with our homeschooling, so the heck with everyone else! I\'ve had alot more questions and answers from family, friends and strangers, no matter what they ask, when they hear our story of the abuse my poor son suffered at Public and Catholic school, they BACK OFF. If they don\'t I keep on fighting, and so does my son. Also, there are some peopple who actually think homeschool is great. I had an old friend tell me the other day she wish she had homeschooled her children. My Mom is my biggest support on this, she saw the suffering my son had, and see\'s his happiness now. My biggest prayer is that our government never takes this precious right to homeschool away from us.

KARI T 07/27/2012 12:17:24

Thank you for the encouraging post! It is a relief to remember that God speaks through us as we are willing to be the vessel.

ELIZABETH C 07/27/2012 21:36:44

Amen for these devotional\'s! I love the reinforcement and confirmation that we all receive in the right moments thru these words.

Amy Spencer 07/27/2014 12:31:54

This is our 1st year of Homeschool, and when we told our families we received an unexpected backlash. It started to make me a doubting Thomas, but I realized I've been praying about this for months and continue to get the same answer. I'm not Homeschooling to have control but to make sure God's will is being fulfilled. He and He alone, has put this task in front of me and I'm beyond excited to take it on. I'm reminded daily that God's hands are fully over me during this, because every time I get upset or worry about something He throws the answers at me in a way that even this hard headed woman can't help but be humbled and made shameful of my attitude. I thank God for this opportunity and can't wait to see what He has planned for us!!!

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