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Can You Hope to Homeschool With a Chronically Ill Child? Plus Huge Cash Giveaway!

by PHYLLIS SATHER on AUGUST 18, 2014[EDIT]

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Our son Eric was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 1991 when he was 16 months old. That was the year our oldest daughter was to start school in the fall.

For years we had been praying about and planning on homeschooling our children. We knew several families with children older than ours who were homeschooling and we liked what we saw happening in them. We had waited two years to purchase our home because we wanted something in the same neighborhood where several families from our church lived. Most of them homeshooled and we wanted to be close so we could be supported in our efforts, since we were new to this adventure.

Now here we were with a critically ill baby. The thought of trying to homeschool seemed more than just a little overwhelming at that point. But we really felt that it was something the Lord was calling our family to do, so we prayerfully sought him during that summer.

In the end, Eric having leukemia became the deciding factor. We knew he would be healthier (if you can talk about being healthy while you have leukemia) during his treatment if his sister wasn’t bringing home a lot of childhood illnesses from her classmates. So the decision was made: We would homeschool!

Now we just needed to figure out how to do it. Our days were very unpredictable. The world of leukemia really ran our schedule. In addition to our regular weekly and sometimes bi-weekly visits to the clinic there were many different reasons that would prompt an unexpected trip to the clinic or hospital. If Eric had a temperature over 102 degrees, it was an automatic trip to the clinic. If he had an allergic reaction to one of the drugs, which seemed to happen on a regular basis, off we went. One time he woke up from a nap and his catheter had somehow fallen out. That time it was a hospital stay and unplanned surgery to replace the catheter.

In addition to that, our children were only five, three and one.

We needed a plan. We really wanted school to be fun and interesting. We were excited to be teaching Emily, but having mom all tense and nervous about what wasn’t happening didn’t sound like much fun to any of us. And that’s about where I was – tense and nervous because I didn’t see a way to make this work. I had visions of just getting started and being interrupted to take Eric to the doctor. That in addition to the normal interruptions of a one year old and a three year old really made it look impossible.

But God…

As we sought God in this I believe He revealed His plan to us. It must have been His plan because it worked so well.

Some of the verses He used to guide us were:

1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous:

Psalm 18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Psalm 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

It was a simple plan. Isn’t that so like God? I quit trying to fit in school at home. I packed a bag with all the things I would need to teach Emily. As we sat in waiting rooms, emergency room, and hospital rooms, we “did school”.  Rebekah and Eric listened in as I read to Emily. They watched as she learned to read and watched her write in her new workbooks. Soon Rebekah wanted to know when she could have her own workbooks. It became something everyone looked forward to whenever a doctor’s visit was necessary. One of the girls would always grab the “special” bag as we headed out the door.

Not only did it work – and work well – but it was such good use of what otherwise would have been a lot of down time, time spent just waiting! I would have been looking for ways to entertain bored children, but instead they all looked forward to watching Emily do school.

Now I can see that from God’s perspective everything was in order and working as planned. Sometimes we have to step around a situation that we see as a problem and get God’s perspective. What is His plan in all of this? How does He see us in this situation?

This taught us a valuable lesson that we used often during our 18+ years of homeschooling. When things get tough or difficult or even seem impossible – we don’t look for a way out. Instead, we ask the Lord to help us get His view – His perspective. He’s the best consultant available – and He’s always ready and willing to help.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Homeschooling can be especially challenging with a chronically ill child in the family, but if the Lord is calling you to do it He will also provide a way.

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Continuing Education for Wives and Mothers Tags: children Christian walk Homemaking Parenting

The first week in May finds us in Rochester where for the past 20 years my husband has attended a week long seminar to update him on information for his career. It’s been time well spent as he doesn’t usually get too much time to keep up on his own; and this is a well- run seminar that makes the most of the time he has to get up-to-date in many areas. Since the class times are usually shorter than his work days we also get some prime family time too so it’s a win/win week and one we all look forward to.

Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that wives and mothers need to have some continuing education for their chosen careers – mainly being Godly wives and mothers.

We are constantly swimming against the flow of our modern, liberal society that looks down on our careers as a waste of time and talents or something they can’t imagine doing without being totally bored to death.

We need to be reading and hearing material that reminds us that our career choices are the best and most important ones we could make. Being a Godly wife and caring for the spouse the Lord has given us is truly a blessing. Having the opportunity to parent and train our children to be followers of the Lord is a huge blessing, but also a big responsibility.

I’m not trying to put another burden on already overwhelmed wives and mothers; but I do want to suggest some ways you can continue to grow as a Godly wife and mother.

First, be sure you are feeding yourself on God’s Word daily. I know I just said I wasn’t going to burden you, but this is not a burden. This will actually lighten your burden as you fellowship with the Lord and feed on His Word.

He doesn’t expect you to do this alone. He expects you do to it with Him.

Mat 11:28-30 KJV – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Second, learn and listen to Godly women who have gone before you.

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5 KJV

I know with how busy women are today that finding a good mentor is difficult to find. Having someone in your church would be ideal, but the ideal isn’t always possible.

I’ve found that online I am continually amazed at the relatively young women who are sharing much of their wisdom as Godly wives and mothers. These are no-nonsense ladies who call us to turn from the lies of the world that would drag us down and follow the Word of the Lord.

As with any resource, internet or otherwise, you need to run every teaching through the teaching of the Bible.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14 KJV

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrew 4:12 KJV

Or as a pastor of ours said – “Eat the meat and spit out the bones.” To do this you must saturate your mind with the Word of God at every opportunity.

With that in mind, I’m going to share a couple of links with you to articles from women I’ve chosen as my online mentors, many of whom are much younger than I am, but have availed themselves of the Word and applied it to their lives so that they are able to teach others.

Knowing that a lot of you are still in the training phase of parenting I decided to include this article from Kathie Morrissey from The Character Corner on first time obedience.

The first week in May finds us in Rochester where for the past 20 years my husband has attended a week long seminar to update him on information for his career. It’s been time well spent as he doesn’t usually get too much time to keep up on his own; and this is a well- run seminar that makes the most of the time he has to get up-to-date in many areas. Since the class times are usually shorter than his work days we also get some prime family time too so it’s a win/win week and one we all look forward to.

Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that wives and mothers need to have some continuing education for their chosen careers – mainly being Godly wives and mothers.

We are constantly swimming against the flow of our modern, liberal society that looks down on our careers as a waste of time and talents or something they can’t imagine doing without being totally bored to death.

We need to be reading and hearing material that reminds us that our career choices are the best and most important ones we could make. Being a Godly wife and caring for the spouse the Lord has given us is truly a blessing. Having the opportunity to parent and train our children to be followers of the Lord is a huge blessing, but also a big responsibility.

I’m not trying to put another burden on already overwhelmed wives and mothers; but I do want to suggest some ways you can continue to grow as a Godly wife and mother.

First, be sure you are feeding yourself on God’s Word daily. I know I just said I wasn’t going to burden you, but this is not a burden. This will actually lighten your burden as you fellowship with the Lord and feed on His Word.

He doesn’t expect you to do this alone. He expects you do to it with Him.

Mat 11:28-30 KJV – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Second, learn and listen to Godly women who have gone before you.

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5 KJV

I know with how busy women are today that finding a good mentor is difficult to find. Having someone in your church would be ideal, but the ideal isn’t always possible.

I’ve found that online I am continually amazed at the relatively young women who are sharing much of their wisdom as Godly wives and mothers. These are no-nonsense ladies who call us to turn from the lies of the world that would drag us down and follow the Word of the Lord.

As with any resource, internet or otherwise, you need to run every teaching through the teaching of the Bible.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14 KJV

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrew 4:12 KJV

Or as a pastor of ours said – “Eat the meat and spit out the bones.” To do this you must saturate your mind with the Word of God at every opportunity.

With that in mind, I’m going to share a couple of links with you to articles from women I’ve chosen as my online mentors, many of whom are much younger than I am, but have availed themselves of the Word and applied it to their lives so that they are able to teach others.

Knowing that a lot of you are still in the training phase of parenting I decided to include this article from Kathie Morrissey from The Character Corner on first time obedience.

The second link I want to post is from someone I’ve started following recently. Erin of Keeper of the Homestead is doing a series on how to clean your house – room by room. She is also making videos to show the process.

Since I know many of you are struggling to raise and train young children, possibly homeschooling some of them, and keep your home tidy I thought you might find these simple steps helpful.

I’ll stop there, and pick this up in another post. Please ask me questions or share a parenting or homemaking tips in the comments so we can all grow and learn.

Finding Joy in the Journey,

Phyllis

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