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January 22, 2014 Edition 

I Want to Quit! (But I Won't)       

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The Wuehler Family

There is probably at least one day a month or more that I want to say, "I Quit!" to something in my life. Whether it be teaching, cleaning, cooking, transporting, marriage issues, or disciplining a child. We all share the same thoughts and feelings. That feeling of wanting to quit probably stems from a lack of peace. Because of the difficult (or tiring or boring) circumstances in our life, we lose our peace, and therefore feel that if we quit, we will find that peace. But, peace won't magically come in a change of circumstance. You will still be you wrestling with you. However, I have found the way to find peace! Here is what the living Word of God says:  

 

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength"

Isaiah 26:3, 4

 

Our MINDS need to be stayed: focused, kept, continued minute by minute, on HIM. Take your mind off your circumstances and put it on HIM. Magnify Him and not your difficulty.  

 

Our minds are able to stay on HIM because we TRUST in HIM. Do not trust in what you see or feel. Trust in your God forever--He is the only unchanging thing in your life!

 

In Him is everlasting strength--you don't have it! Tired, weary, discouraged? In the Lord alone is everlasting strength.

Don't put more things into practice until you put this into practice. Don't try to find solutions to your problems; first find peace in God alone. Nothing in your life needs to change but your view of God.

 

Here's a list I gave last year of 25 reasons not to give up--I pray it will strengthen your resolve:

 

25 Reasons Not To Give Up

  1. God's grace is sufficient
  2. God gives us everything we need for life and godliness
  3. God's mercy endures forever
  4. It is God who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure
  5. Our children need Godly parent mentors and teachers
  6. Our children need their questions answered from a biblical worldview
  7. Our children need and are permitted room to grow and time for creativity
  8. Our children need and receive Godly socialization
  9. Our children learn to be unselfish and how to serve others
  10. Our children retain their innocence
  11. Our children will have a lasting legacy of love and commitment
  12. Our children and our children's children will be spared worldly indoctrination
  13. We know where our children are at all times
  14. We know what our children are being taught at all times
  15. We know who our children's friends are and who their parents are
  16. We retain our God-given right to educate our own children
  17. Our children receive a superior education no matter what philosophy or curriculum
  18. Homeschooled children receive one-on-one attention and specialized training
  19. Homeschooled children can see and experience the world around them regularly
  20. Homeschooling permits the teaching of important life skills
  21. Homeschooling builds strong character and strong relationships
  22. Our children will not have to walk in the counsel of the ungodly
  23. Our children will not have to stand in the path of sinners
  24. Our delight will be in the law of the Lord and everything we do will prosper
  25. Our God never gives up and He gives us His strength to continue the journey

Still want to quit? Here is an encouraging article called,"I Quit!

 

Hanging onto my Great God with you,

 

~Deborah

dwuehler@thehomeschoolmagazine.com   

 

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You want to quit homeschooling? Go ahead and QUIT!!!!

 

But before you sell the books on eBay and stick your kids out at the bus stop, let me tell you a story. Actually, it's not one story, but several stories combined that I've heard from lots of parents. It goes something like this:

 

"I homeschooled our kids for several years, but it was so hard. The kids seemed like they weren't getting it, and I didn't enjoy homeschooling anymore. I looked around at everyone else's children who were in school and they looked like they were learning so much and having the time of their lives. So I put them in school." Then they pause and purse their lips together and add, "I thought we had problems before, but they were nothing compared to the issues we're facing now; it was like throwing gas on a fire."

 

So, go ahead and quit, but before you do, you might re-read the above paragraph. Those aren't my words. They are the words of moms and dads who did quit, and who gave up because it was so hard.

 

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time WE WILL reap if we do not grow weary ... (and stop). Galatians 6:9 (NASB)

 

Be real,

Todd

 

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Yep, it's January. Gray, cold skies. Just what we needed to make our depression complete. And then, the children. Hyped up on Christmas treats and freedom, they're bickering, irritable, too energetic, and lazy (How do they even manage to do both?), which just emphasizes our failures as parents, doesn't it?

 

It's tough and we're there, too!

 

When we're tempted to throw up our hands, we need to remember, though:

 

We serve the God who "is faithful and just to forgive us our sins." (1 John 1:9)

  • There's an answer when we feel guilty for spending too much time on the internet instead of reading to our children or when we find ourselves yelling instead of being the adult in the situation. Uh, huh. Repent. The Catechism for Boys and Girls puts it this way, "Be sorry for our sin and hate it and forsake it because it's displeasing to God." When we do that and trust God to forgive our sins because of what Jesus did on the cross, He does. Thankfully, He really does.

We serve the God who "will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten." (Joel 2:25)

  • Homeschooling gives us flexibility and freedom to recover from all kinds of messes. It's January and though it feels like, "Oh, no! Half the year is gone! We're ruined!" Instead, realize that it's almost eight months until the next school year starts. Even if you had a catastrophe (and we've been there--cancer, sickness, hospitalizations, moves) and you've gotten almost NOTHING done so far, you can still catch up before next year. Pare down and focus on the essentials. Close the computer, turn down your phone, and just start wherever you are to make progress in the right direction. God is amazing when you do things like that. He is so merciful!

When your children are grown, you'll look back and realize that many of the things you were anxious about weren't really the point at all.

  • We have a few grown children, now, and they've turned out all right. They're good guys who love the Lord and we're proud of them. We've realized, though, that the most important parts of what we gave them in homeschooling weren't the days when everything went well and we accomplished all the academics on my list. Instead, it was the side-tracked days Melanie felt awful about. The days we spent disciplining and discussing and counseling. The days that felt like a waste back then are the days that shaped the men our boys would become. Don't begrudge them.

The very next verse in Joel after the one about the locusts says it so well, "And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed." (Joel 2:26)

 

Don't be discouraged in the days of battle in your homeschooling. It's the end that matters. Disciple those children, friends!

 

Yours in the battle,  

 

Hal & Melanie

 

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