Give Yourself Permission to Do These Ten Things!

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Last week I gave you ten suggestions for an abundant homeschool. This week I’d like to encourage you to give yourself permission to do the following ten things.

  1. Do what you really believe is best for your children — even if “everyone” else is doing x, y, or z.
  2. Include time in your schedule for sitting on the couch in your own home with your children gathered around you.
  3. Choose what is tugging at your heart, instead of what is screaming in your ear.
  4. Schedule less than you did the last time you felt more like a chauffeur than a mama– if possible, much less.
  5. Give your husband more of you than you felt you had time for last year.
  6. Trust God and don’t let fear control your decisions.
  7. Believe that God wouldn’t have given you your children to teach if He hadn’t thought you could do it.
  8. Make decisions that will keep your children at home more and on the road less.
  9. Give your children time to become closer to each other and to you and their daddy than to their friends.
  10. Teach the way Jesus taught His disciples.

And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him . . . .
Mark 3:14a

When Jesus taught that way, He was teaching the same way that God told the Israelites to teach their children hundreds of years before. Our Father began by telling the Israelites to take His words “to heart and to soul.”

Children are taking the words they hear into their hearts and souls. As a homeschooling mama, you have the opportunity to make sure those words are good for your children’s hearts and souls.

You shall therefore take these words of mine to heart and to soul;
and you shall tie them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be as frontlets on your forehead.
You shall also teach them to your sons,
speaking of them when you sit in your house,
when you walk along the road, when you lie down,
and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 11:18-19


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  1. Thank you for a timely post. I am in the process of scheduling next year, and while we will have one less co-op (long story), the reading load is heavier and my daughter is a serious musician so practice time during the day is a priority. I am finding each point on the list a great help today!

    • This has been heavy on my heart for the last several years as I see homeschooling families SO busy and pressured. I hope this is a good year for your family.

  2. Forgive me! I meant to offer joyful congratulations about little Toby first, before launching in on the comment. He is handsome!

  3. So delighted for John and Audra! Toby is absolutely beautiful! As for your list…just reading it makes me feel so peaceful and warm inside! Thank you so much for the timely reminder…I am praying that God will keep your suggestions at the very front burner of my mind as I plan for next Fall. And yes, this homeschooling Mama has indeed already thought about Fall.:-)

  4. This hit my heart hard! I am going to print this out and put it up so I can see it everyday. Thank you for all you do . We love you and really enjoyed meeting y’all at the HEAV convention. God bless you .

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