Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time for a change around here....

I'm taking a big step.

I'm venturing into unknown and for me, uncharted territory. I'm joining the ranks of homeschooling moms. Crazy, I know.

Twenty years ago, when my husband decide to join the military I wasn't really exited about those changes in my life. But I've gotten use to the idea. And we do this life pretty well. We have adjusted and we have grown.

Then 15 years ago, when my husband started talking about going to seminary, I was scared. I didn't think I could live up to the demands of a pastor's wife. I didn't think my, then only one child could behave the way a pastor's child should. But we've made it through that hurdle too.

Then when my husband started talking about becoming a Chaplain. I REALLY didn't like that idea. I had known a chaplain's wife who (to me, on the outside) seemed too perfect. She had perky hair, she taught Bible studies, she had perfect children. That wasn't me. I couldn't possibly manage all that. But then I've met other Chaplain's wives who have assured me that the military needs all kinds, and that I would do ok.

And now this. Through much prayer and discussion, we have decided that homeschooling is right for our family. I've said for about 12 years that I wouldn't homeschool. You see, I taught our eldest son at home and I didn't do a very good job. He was difficult. He wouldn't listen to me. I understand now that it wasn't me. The outcome of my first attempts doesn't mean that I doomed to repeat the success or failure this time.

I've since come to realize that Philippians 4:13 is for me. "I can do all things THROUGH Christ who give me strength." It isn't my doing at all. He works through me to make me the person that I am.

That's why this newest change in my life doesn't scare me so much. I know that if God wants me to do this thing, homeschooling, then He will provide the strength I need to get through it.

So, dear reader, all 3 of you, keep praying. I'm going to need all the strength I can get.


The Parson's Wife said...

So glad we have "connected" again! God is faithful and He will continue to be there for your home and school. How exciting! I am adding you to my Chaplain Wives blogroll. Bless your family.

Carol said...

Hope the home schooling goes well for you and that you have really good local homeschool support.

omashee aka Barb said...

Marylu, I may only be the third reader to comment but be assured there are more than three of us that read your blog faithfully.
May you be blessed in your homeschooling. We learn so much from our children. Take them out to see the world & get them involved in giving back via volunteering. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Hugs, Barb

Rachel said...

I am praying for you! Anything you need from me I am home at night! My thoughts and prayers are with you now as they are always! Luck and love to you all!



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