Overwhelmed by Homeschooling?

Overwhelmed by Homeschooling? Tips and advice for overwhelming the enemy instead of yourself. www.ruckusandrubies.com #homeschooling #faith

I wish I could say that after you homeschool for a while, you no longer feel overwhelmed. Many aspects of the journey do get easier, better, less stressful, but there are always going to be aspects of homeschooling that overwhelm us.

Whether it is Algebra, the science experiment gone awry, meltdowns over writing assignments, the phone ringing off the hook, non-supportive family members and friends, broken appliances, there will always be something that tries to ruin your homeschool journey.

We must remember: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12.

The enemy, satan, wants to steal, kill, and destroy our homeschools. He wants us to throw in the towel. Knowing this gives me a whole new perspective on my struggles. It makes me angry, but most of all motivated. It makes me want to “man up”, stop whining, and fight for my children and our homeschool.

When you feel overwhelmed, use these tips as ammunition against the enemy:

  1. Get into your prayer closet. Encourage your children to pray with you. I know it is an interruption to your homeschool schedule, but math problems can wait. Protecting your home from the enemy cannot!
  2. Reach out to your prayer warriors. Nothing bothers satan more than to hear the prayers of many saints fighting against him.
  3. Seek advice from your homeschool support group, accountability association, or fellow homeschoolers.
  4. Take a break from the overwhelming tasks, pray over them, and do something fun instead. You could take a field trip, go to the library, have a game day, volunteer, perform random acts of kindness in the community, or just take the day off and spend it cuddling and basking in His light.
  5. Speak to the enemy. Bind him in the name of Jesus. Grab your Bible and study scripture. Claim it against the enemy just as Jesus did. Include your children in this maneuver, because they need to know how to recognize who they are battling and how to defeat him.
  • And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant. Genesis 33:5
  • And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Hebrews 2:13
  • Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
  • Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
  • Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The truth is that whether or not you homeschool, there are times of trial for everyone in this life. Hang in there! Remember God’s faithfulness. Seek Him first, and He has promised He will take care of the rest. God never breaks His promises!

10 thoughts on “Overwhelmed by Homeschooling?

  1. I’ve been homeschooling for several years. I thought that after homeschooling for a while the feeling of being overwhelmed would go away. But it doesn’t 🙂 It’s good to know there are others out there who have homeschooled for several years but still feel overwhelmed 🙂 You offer great encouragement in your post!

  2. Hang in there and congratulations on the significant sacrifice and incredible gift you are giving your children to homeschool them. I did not, but our daughter of four has done that and so has our daughter-in-law of two. I have been the prayer partner for all six grandchildren and now one is a college senior and one a college freshman…..both doing excellently. I have often been at the home of our daughter when she was teaching her own or a co-op group and was so amazed at how much more education and learning was happening than in most public schoolrooms. (I have a sense of that as someone who was a teacher for 15 years.) I am very much aware of the hard work and challenges, but I see clearly the benefits. May the Lord encourage your heart today and every day when the challenges mount up higher and yes, the modeling of going into prayer is also a great example to your children. Blessings on you!

  3. Thank you for sharing this encouragement and wisdom with #SocialButterflySunday! I have been homeschooling for 3 years now, and there are days where we just have to take a breather and have a fun day to avoid the overwhelming feeling. Hope to see you link up at the party again this week 🙂

    1. Yes, those breaks are refreshing and rejuvenating! My children just asked me the other day if we could have “Stop and Read” day again where we just cuddle and devour books all day. Thanks so much for stopping by! God bless you on your journey!!

  4. Oh, Sister!! This was my prayer all week long! Homeschooling never gets easier, it just gets different! 😉 But it is a precious gracious gift when we let our hearts be humbled and changed by His goodness in the midst of the journey!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  5. Great post! The adversary will try and make the homeschool a burden (with over the top curriculums and expectations too)… Thank you for this encouragement and for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth.

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