In the past 34 years, God has blessed Mike and Vickie Farris with 10 children, 24 years of homeschooling, and a ministry with Home School Legal Defense Association, where Mike is chairman and general counsel. Join them today on Home School Heartbeat as Vickie shares some encouraging words for homeschool mothers.
Welcome back, Vickie.
What do you do when you feel like you're having a bad day or a bad week or a bad month? How do you maintain the joy of homeschooling?
Well, as you know, I don't always maintain the joy of homeschooling. There are times that I have really bad days and I feel like quitting. In fact, I had one just last Friday. But the fact is that really we should not be homeschooling for the joy of it. I really think that homeschooling is done out of obedience. We have had a call from God to do it, and we're not always going to feel joyful, but we still need to stick to our commitment and obey the Lord in this. The neat thing is even on a bad day—the day that I had last Friday—at the end of the day we got together and talked about what happened and apologized to each other and prayed together. That was really a joyful experience for me, just to see that we could mend what had been done in the right way. So there's all kinds of ways that we can find joy in the days that we have with our children. We just need to be looking to the Lord.
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