Mom! Where are my shoes?! Somebody took the toothpaste! Where’s the toothpaste? Honey, have you seen the car keys?
How many of us have lives filled with mornings like these? Sometimes I wonder how we even get past the chaos. I really don’t know why we can never find an exact pair of socks or why clothes are thrown right NEXT to the laundry basket, but there is something I do know. The Lord can have his hand on every single morning.
Starting your homeschool day off with the Lord is like water to the desert, like sunlight to a tree. We need His guidance to sustain our days.
I personally have been through times when I tried to make it through my homeschool day without Christ. It just doesn’t work for very long. Like a tree starts whither without sunlight, that is how I feel when trying to get through the day without Him.
I get in a rhythm of doing my morning devotions and getting the kids to do their devotions. Then something happens to throw us off the curve. We have a late start to our day or we get a call to help someone out, so we skip the devotions time because —well, we have to get math done or we have to get our lab in. Think for a moment just how that sounds. We have to get a subject done, before spending time with Jesus. How could we even think this is a good idea? We aren’t thinking well at all.
Getting our family in the routine of starting the day off with devotions will make a huge difference in our lives. There is no doubt about it.
Homeschooling allows us the flexibility to teach our kids about God’s Word and to show them how to Love God. I have made devotions a priority in my home without wavering doing a few things and I hope they can help you do the same.
Many moms wake up earlier than their kids to do devotions. I have a different perspective, and it may be contrary to what you have heard in the past.
I am just not a morning person. I am a work-at-home mom, which leaves me working late after the kids are in bed. Waking up early makes me a cranky zombie, ask my family and they will tell you. I found that as much as I wanted to change that in myself—I wasn’t not there yet and I am still not there. I do wake up and read the Bible as soon as I wake. Sometimes it’s only a few verses, sometimes it is a chapter. I have to pray and read God’s Word when I open my eyes, but not a devotion. This is what I do.
My day doesn’t start off with a devotion but my homeschool day does. I make it a point to have our devotions together right before we start school. It doesn’t necessarily mean we are doing them TO-gether, but we do them at the same time. We all sit at our desks, pray, and then start on our devotions. We can then move on with our planned day.
We don’t do school on Fridays. We use it as a make-up day or free day after chores. Regardless of what our plan is for the day, we start off homeschool days, Fridays and Saturdays after breakfast with devotions, no matter what.
A devotion is setting aside time for the observance of God’s Word to reflect it in our lives. We live day in and day out, one day after the next, taking kids to football practice or ballet. We assure they are reaching an academic level they should be in. Yet when God tells us to train a child up in the way that they should go, what precedence are we giving to that command?
Devotions should be a priority at the beginning of our homeschool day so that we can start the day off right. I love the word devotion. It is a selfless dedication to something. What more should we selflessly dedicate time to other than the Lord, the very author of our days?
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!