Stress-free Homeschooling?

Stress-free Homeschooling?

Make Music with Our Lives
Make Music with Our Lives

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could experience stress-free homeschooling?

Stress. It’s often linked to anxiety and fear. It can make your heart race, palms sweat, and stomach churn.

Stress is painful.

We desperately want to escape it, but some stress is unavoidable...perhaps even necessary. (I would even go as far as to say that some stress is good.)

The Power of Perspective

One writer compared stress to the tension on a stringed instrument: Too much tension, and the strings snap. But without tension, there is no music—only a dull, raspy sound.

Is there a way we can use stress to “make music” with our lives rather than become so overwhelmed by it that we “snap”?

The key lies in perspective.

What does Scripture say about stress?

As you may know, our company provides resources that teach “critical thinking from a biblical worldview.” So, naturally, I approach this topic from a biblical perspective.

If you equate stress with fear, Scripture has a lot to say about it. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:13, Psalm 34:4 are a few verses that may encourage you.).

“Fear not!” is repeated throughout the Bible. It appears frequently enough to indicate that fear is a real problem.

If you struggle with fear, you are not alone.

My worst homeschooling-related stress was provoked by fear:

  • fear of ruining my children’s lives
  • fear that my sons would suffer because of my inadequacies
  • fear that they wouldn’t be prepared for life.

Have you ever struggled with similar fears?

If so, you may be encouraged by an article on fear that I wrote for the 2016 Annual Print Edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. (You can find it here.)

You might also be interested in our blog series titled, Overcoming Your Greatest Fear About Homeschooling.”

The Hidden Blessings of Stress

How we respond can determine whether we will transform painful stress into productive stress.

When fear motivated me to evaluate our homeschool progress and consider where we needed to improve, the subsequent insights and course corrections were a blessing.

It doesn’t feel good to be in a state of desperation, but when fear motivates me to pray and humbly ask for God’s help, I’ve been amazed by the way God has graciously answered my prayers!

Put Stress to Work.

Stress-free homeschooling may not be possible, but we can put stress to work for us. When stress moves us toward reflection and prayer, blessings follow.

So, when you feel your pulse picking up, your palms getting clammy, or your belly begin to ache—take a deep breath and pray!

Pray. Trust that He has heard you. Then do whatever you can right now to make the best use of this day that the Lord has made—knowing that:

  • His strength is made perfect in your weakness.
  • He is trustworthy and knows what is best.
  • He is for you.

Rest in Him, dear friend.

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2 thoughts on “Stress-free Homeschooling?”

  1. Jeanine Baberadt

    Thank you for this post. It was a reminder to continually trust the Lord as we journey through this life. Homeschooling has been a great adventure for my family and there were many times I wondered if I had created deficits for my kids. They are all through the process and now I find myself homeschooling my grandson. I have learned through the years that the “step back and PRAY” is the best way to walk through every day. Thank you again.

    1. Thank you for sharing your journey. It’s always encouraging to me to hear of God’s faithfulness. (No doubt, you are inspiring others, too.) Thanks, also, for investing in two generations. Well done, Jeanine!

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