Homeschool, Trusting God

Directed Steps

For the past few weeks, I have been busy taking care of many things, one of which is planning for our homeschooling year. Let me tell you … I loved homeschooling for the first couple weeks in August until a week ago from today, I actually started to homeschool. The past week has been a crazy roller coaster ride with all the dips, drops, loops, twists, and turns.

When I took a blogging break to face this task of planning for school, I set to work on checklists, shopping lists, book lists, and schedules. Schedules are my favorite part. Call me strange, but there is just something about a color-coded, hour-by-hour spreadsheet of the activities for the day that makes me feel orderly. This was certainly the case in my high school and college days. But, take that nice pretty schedule and mix in four rambunctious, little personalities along with my own, and it is a far cry from orderly. It looks so good on paper, but the execution of it was the beginning of my roller coaster ride.

How timely to be reminded of this precious proverb as we begin our second week of school.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

This morning, I prayed that God would loosen my grip on my plans and submit to His complete control. I prayed that He would enable me to stay fixed and focused on Him, even as I make my plans and preparations.

Whatever our plans are, He will direct me and you in ways that cannot be confined to a spreadsheet. It may not always be what we anticipated, but it will always be good.

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)


(Photo credit: Dirk-Jan Kraan)

18 thoughts on “Directed Steps”

      1. Not at all weird!! It can actually be great for memory too! I did a lot of my exam study in uni and high school using colour coding, and still to this day, when I’m trying to remember a verse in the bible, I might have no idea which book it’s in, but I can always remember, if I’ve coloured it in, which position on the page its on!! Must be a visual learner!
        PS. I’m not actually spelling colour wrong… Aussie spelling 😉

  1. My daughter is just starting teaching three of our grandsons with our granddaughter (age 4, so not quite ready for school) making it an even bigger challenge. I will pray for you as I have for my daughter, that your confidence in God’s ability to shepherd you and your little flock will soar. Congratulations . . . one week down! ( ;

  2. My 2 favorite verses from Homeschooling days:
    “You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our Savior…” Ps 65:5
    “For the Lord God helps me, therefore have I not been ashamed or confounded. therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.” Is. 50:7
    Bless you all- Anna

  3. This made me have a huge smile!! I am probably going to write a post similar to this soon. I am the opposite of you though. I don’t like schedules. I know I need a schedule because when I don’t have one (and I haven’t been good about it for pretty much all of summer) I fall into this trap of guilt and anxiety because I am not getting anything done. Just unproductive. God has been so patient with me though. Love how He is working on both of us, but on the other ends of the spectrum! Pretty cool!!

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