The Perfect Homeschooling World

• In a perfect homeschool world, your children would greet you with a smile each morning and help prepare breakfast and clean up afterward.

• In a perfect homeschool world, there would be no sibling fights, lost workbooks, or unprepared students.

• In a perfect homeschool world, your children would learn their lessons the first time, eliminating any review.

• In a perfect homeschool world, you would have brilliant applications and visual aids prepared for every subject area you are teaching each day.

• In a perfect homeschool world, the laundry would clean and fold itself, so you could enjoy the evenings with your spouse.

• In a perfect homeschool world, there would be enough money to buy all the curriculum you wanted.

• In a perfect homeschool world, you would find encouraging notes from your children thanking you for being such a wonderful parent and teacher.

• In a perfect homeschool world, you would always have the right answer to every one of your children's questions.

Unfortunately, this world is not perfect. We live in a fallen and sinful world that tempts us (1 Corinthians 10:13). Every day I must go to the One who is perfect for strength, wisdom, and guidance to live my life as a shining example of His love to my family and the world. I am not perfect, but He is (Hebrews 7:25-26)! I rejoice that although my homeschool world is not perfect, I know the One who is. He goes before me each day and prepares the path in which I will walk. Today, I trust Him again to take everything I experience as a homeschooling parent and cause it to work together for good (Romans 8:28).

Lord, I know that I fall short each day in living a perfectly holy life. Help me to be patient and loving toward my family and others when they fall short as well. None of us is perfect, except You. Thank You for being a holy God who loves me in spite of my shortcomings. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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ELISHA H 11/01/2009 05:31:49

our God an Savior is perfect and Holy and it is a priviledge to serve Him. I get to set at His feet today! While I am there He will pour into me His attributes. Homeschooling me and my husbands rewards is a blessing! Thank you Father God for this devotional writer who continues to remind me and encourage me in the work that you have started in me and my family.

PATTI C 11/01/2009 07:36:30

This, I will print and keep in my Bible to remind me of my unperfectness and my children and husband's unperfectness, so that my unrealistic expectations keep me from loving my family. I want to be a loving, sweet, and kind mama and wife....always, yet I too must realize I am not perfect, yet through Christ, He will continue to help me in this area. Thank you for your misistry helping us in the trenches. God bless you and your family....

PATTI C 11/01/2009 07:38:19

Oops! Imperfect it is!!! Above I meant to say, "so that my unrealistic expectations ~don't~ keep me from loving my family!!"

And...unperfectness sounded like a better word than imperfect! ;-)

MELANIE D 11/03/2009 08:10:23

...all school assignments AND housecleaning would be completed every day. ;-)

HEATHER S 11/03/2009 08:51:26

my patience level would at least keep pace with the noise level in my house:-)

RENELLE J 11/01/2010 01:20:51


PAMELA A 11/01/2010 04:14:00

I sure needed this today. Thank you Lord for everything that you do!

MICKI W 11/01/2010 06:43:25

Praise God! So good to know I am not in this alone.

Jody F 11/01/2010 07:44:00

Somedays it does get tedious, telling them the same thing over and over again, and stressing the need to be sensitive to each other's needs. But I know in my heart that this is the best gift I could give them, my time and I know they will someday thinki back and have great memories. Jody F.

CHRISTINE K 11/01/2010 10:06:58

Thank you!

EILEEN M 11/02/2010 04:01:21

Yes, it can be a cross - but oh, what a glorious one! The choice to homeschool is one of the most valuable decisions one can make in life. You are being a true disciple in bringing your children to Our Lord. We all fall short of His perfection. Nevertheless, His love and mercy pull us through to see the greater treasures in life that are ignored in the public school system. The sacrifice you are making is of the utmost importance because it will save the souls of your children!

OLIVIA S 11/02/2010 05:56:20

This devotion was what I needed to hear today, I am a student who tried to be perfect when no ones not. Sometimes I forget I'm not wonder woman. I wash my clothes, fold then, clean my house, my grandma's house, I clean the dishes at my house, and grandma's house, I throw the trash, I sweep, cook, and at the same time try to balance 9hrs of homeschooling. School is hard when you're teaching yourself, I have to constantly wait till 11pm to call AOA due to time differences, and ask for the help I need.

But after all of this I am not ever going to give up, as long as God is alive I won't which is for eternity. If he is perfect what makes you think he won't give you the strength, endurance, and what every you need, say wisdom to complete all that you need to do during the day. I just realized I need to depend on God more and seek him before I do anything else, he will provide as long as I ask!


JODI N 11/01/2012 06:19:08

Olivia S., oh my goodness! What a load you are carrying! May God richly bless your efforts!

JODI N 11/01/2012 06:20:31

I REALLY needed to read this devotional today. I feel like I\'m failing my kids at every turn this school year. Sometimes life can be so overwhelming. I really appreciate this devotional and will keep it in mind as I continue to trudge on.

KATHY S 11/01/2012 09:56:25

Olivia S.

You just continue to touch my heart. May Jesus be with you every minute of every day and help you with all your schoolwork, housework for 2 homes, just for everything. I am so amazed at all you do! You seem like just a WONDERFUL young lady.

I will share with my son today all you do. I don\'t think other children really realize how blesed they are to have Parents who actually are homeschooling them. My son does thank me for homescjhooling him all the time, but he is \"special\" and has a hard time with motivation.

You are Brave and STRONG! Keep up the EXCELLENT WORK!!!

May God Bless you!!!!!!

ALEZA J 11/01/2012 11:00:40

Eileen m. Thank you for your comment. I think im going to write it down as a reminder. Thank you

SUZANNE CARRIER 11/01/2013 11:39:10

As a veteran homeschool Mom I'd like to say "keep pressing on". All your diligence will be wonderfully blessed. You will reap what you sow. And all the hardships are just to keep us humble, crying out to our precious Lord and Savior. Training is just as important (if not more important) than teaching. I have two adult children and remember in the past that some days used to turn out to be just "training days", feeling little accomplishment, but there was an eternal work being done, now reflected in their adult lives. Remember it all happens line upon line, precept upon precept. A little here, and a little there. Don't weary the kids with schoolwork, the training is more important. A well trained heart and mind will yield wonderful results. See Psalm 1. God bless you.

ANDREA STRICKLEN 11/01/2013 13:19:34

Printing this and posting it to remind me perfectionism is NOT attainable and to live in the now not the what ifs..... My children are quickly growing and it won't be but a few short years when my nest will be empty. I want to live life with them NOW. The imperfect, beautiful life. Thank you for the reminder.

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