The Passion of Homeschooling

"Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways" (Psalm 139:3).

What makes people invest 20 years or more of their lives to homeschool their children? Ask homeschooling parents anywhere, and they'll tell you that it's for the joy of seeing their children learn. Watching your child discover God's creation creates a passion that transcends any cheap shot from uninformed critics. Daily, you have the opportunity to discover, play, and learn what God has planned for your family. You share love, devotion, loyalty, and faithfulness as you work toward educational goals and a deeper faith in Christ. Perhaps the question should be, who wouldn't want to experience a life homeschooling their children?

As Christians, Christ desires a far greater passion from us as we live for Him. Lukewarm love is something He detests in His children (Revelation 3:15-16). Every day we have the opportunity to love and learn from the Most High as we read His Word and pray. Confessing our sins daily (1 John 1:9) keeps our hearts close to the Father, so the Holy Spirit can guide and fill us with His presence. God's jealous love desires an intimacy with us that transcends any love known in this world.

Have you experienced the passion of Christ? He gave His life for your sins and wants to give you an abundant life full of His love. "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10b). Rediscover the joy of being called His child this new year and yield yourself to His Lordship. "And he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:21b).

Jesus, thank You for Your wondrous love and the joy of being in Your family. Teach me to love You more fully and help me to yield my life to You in every area. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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Comments(4 comments)

PAMELA R 01/01/2013 08:33:29

Thank you. This has been on my heart as we were approching 2013. It is always refreshing to begin a new year. Even with the challenges of teaching a child with a learning disability, I am so thankful for the opportunity to have her at home, and also for the years I had our now grown children at home. I can't imagine it being any other way.The new year not only offers me a fresh start in my commitment and endeavors as a homeschool mom, but it also helps to renew my commitment to endeavoring to be faithful in my daily walk with the Lord. Have a blessed 2013!

MARGARET H 01/01/2013 10:40:48

Thank you for your devotional every day it has really been a blessing to my life. Homeschooling is not an easy task but God has giving me the passion to go all the way through and as I look back it has been the best decision for my children. Each year year home schooling has its challenges but with Gods help and wisdom we get stronger and better each year.My children are now in 9th, 11th, and 6th grade and AOP has been a blessing to us. Have a wonderful and blessed New Year and I will keep enjoying your devotions.

Christina Tucker 01/02/2014 14:20:43

I really look forward to reading the devotionals and this one in particular touched me. I am interested in reading the Daily Focus, but I have a Nook. Is there anything that would be comparable that I could download to my Nook? There are a few out there that are for homeschooling parents/moms, but I am interested in what you would recommend. Thank you!

CARL VAN STRYLAND 01/02/2014 14:26:31


I'm glad to hear that the Daily Focus has been a blessing to you. Unfortunately, the Daily Focus is currently only available in eBook form for the Amazon Kindle, but I will pass along your comment to see if we can make it available for the Nook as well in the future.

Another option is buying a softcover version:

May God bless you and your homeschool family in 2014!

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