I know this both from reading the whole Bible, and from forty-four years of walking with Him. I know this from homeschooling ten children (nine of whom are now adults).
My desire is that each of you reading this would know in increasing measure, in the depths of your being, just how trustworthy God is; that whatever hard things you are going through in your homeschooling, or in your lives, perhaps because of covid-19, you would have the peace that comes from knowing that God is in control, and that He indeed causes “all things to work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
I would like to give you a couple of testimonies:
As you are aware, children are all unique individuals. In our family, nine of our ten children loved reading and being read to. One didn’t. This one is extremely gifted in many non-academic things such as music and dance and most especially in “people skills” – she can talk to anyone, friend or stranger, and make them feel valued and loved. A few years ago, after graduating our homeschool, she suffered with an illness that had her bedridden and in pain. God used that time to grow her faith (which had already been strong). Also, she began to read more. She is now healthy, able to live a normal life. She decided to apply to a college. This college is homeschooler friendly, and students who have been homeschooled through high school need only pass an English test to get in. This daughter wrote it and received an 88%. This was my non-academic daughter, who never dreamed she could do so well on a test of this kind.
Our oldest daughter for the last 10 ½ years, has been a missionary, most of that time, in Haiti. She taught in a Christian school on a mission base (never having been in school a day in her life) and after the 2010 earthquake, she gave medical aide (without formal training) She has worked with children, youth, and young adults. She married a Haitian man and after several years, they decided to come to Canada for some years. Two years after they started the arduous application process, her husband was approved to receive permanent resident status. They had a ticket for March 25, but for reasons I won’t go into, they changed it to March 18. They arrived in Canada and the very next day the first two cases of Covid-19 were found in Haiti, and at midnight, March 19, the day after my daughter and her family arrived, the airports were shut – no more flights in and out of Haiti.
God is trustworthy. All the time. He never isn’t. So whether it’s family hard times, homeschooling hard times, or life hard times, may the peace that comes from knowing how trustworthy our Heavenly Father is, be your portion.
Written by Robin Herman. Robin graduated from Guelph University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1996, heart set on specializing in surgery, but God had different plans! Six children and two decades of homeschooling later, the Lord continues to lead her into surprising places. She is committed to going wherever the gospel takes her, both inside and outside her home—recognizing that the mission field is everywhere. Currently there are five in the Herman homeschool: ages 18, 16, 14, 12 and 10. Their firstborn graduated after being homeschooled all the way through, and is excelling in sophomore year at Central Michigan University on a combined athletic/academic scholarship. The next to graduate is accepted into the nursing program at Cedarville University in Ohio for the upcoming fall, also on scholarship.