Overcoming the doldrums
In the equatorial regions of the Atlantic is a band of water several hundred miles across known as "the doldrums," that derives its name from the abundance of calm weather it experiences. Early sailors dreaded this area because of the dangerous possibility they might be stranded for weeks in its tranquil expanse-facing death by thirst or starvation.
It is not uncommon for home schooling mothers to feel stranded in "the doldrums." For home schoolers, this is commonly a
several-month span stretching from mid-January to spring. Rather than an uncanny calm, which most moms would welcome, it's a period of tedious "sameness," involving lesson plans, laundry, dishes, uncooperative children, and other daily tasks. Unless these mothers can find wind for their sails, they face near certain discouragement and failure.
But where do you find the wind to move on? Vickie Farris, mother of 10, who has experienced a few doldrums, writes that she was able to go on by remembering her ultimate goal-the goal of raising godly generations for the future. In her book A Mom Just Like You she explains,
The life of a home school mom is about much more than textbooks and dirty dishes. As we ordinary
home school moms give of ourselves to create Christ-centered homes, we show the self-sacrificial love of Jesus to a hurting world. As our children grow, they can go forth into the world as "arrows in the hands of a mighty warrior." And as our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren are trained to serve God, our spiritual heritage can become deeper, richer, and more widespread throughout our community, our nation, and even our world.
Indeed the vision is amazingly large. But I believe it can be realized as we rely on the extraordinary power of God to work in our ordinary lives. Remember that all the daily mundane elements of your life . . . are simply playing a tiny part in the mighty plan God has for your family and His kingdom.
As you wrap up your school year, you may feel that your sails are hanging limply and your resources are running low. But, remember, you are a part of a larger purpose and God stands ready to supply every need in your life, including the wind of the Holy Spirit in your sails. Remember, too, that we at HSLDA regularly pray for you, recognizing your sacrifices on behalf of the next generation. We commend you! And if there is anything we can do to assist you on your journey, let us know.