Many women who have homeschooled their own children are looking for ways to serve, but don't always see the connection between their experience and acquired knowledge and God's desire that they use such things to assist others. I am mentoring a number of such women and count it a blessing to see the effect of godly counsel in the lives of those I teach. The following email came just the other day:
Good day! Interesting day. Had an opportunity and seized it.
The end result of my conversation with a delightful mom (homeschooling three daughters ranging in ages from 15- 7) was that she shared the very difficult day she had had and her many questions and worries. And you know what I did? I listened. And then the door opened and I was able to genuinely encourage her and tell her what a remarkable thing she was doing, and that, â€œThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
She said that many of the homeschooling mothers are going through real doubts, etc. You know the picture. She has asked me to be the speaker at the first meeting of their new homeschool support group!
Andrea, go figure. I told her what a wonderful mess my homeschooling was and how wonderful God was in covering my mess. I am delighted to be their first speaker. Because what I am really going to be is their first LISTENER! And my prayer is that God will be glorified.
Thank you for what you are sowing into my life.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled (Titus 2:3-5).
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- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected].