Hold On, Homeschool Mama! An Allegory to Inspire You


The Ravine That Changes Everything

Next we see a raging river (and a huge ravine!) ahead. This is more than just something annoying or difficult–this is a fierce challenge to our expected journey.


Our homeschool journey is now at a standstill.

Maybe unexpected long-term illness invades the family. Or our husband loses his job. Or our one homeschooling friend moves 2 states away.

We are shaken to the core.

Our well-laid plans must be changed and homeschooling seems horrible and hard…. and lonely.

Why, oh why, did I sign up for this? we ask.

We know we have to go forward… but how?

And then, through our tear-laden prayers, we hear a whisper of “I’m still here.”

And as we stop (and really listen to that still, small voice), a new reality emerges, a new vision based in “What if…?”

What if we decide to go around the ravine instead–and climb those mountains?

We’re not abandoning our mission. We’re just getting there by a different route than we expected.

It’s out of the plan. It seems crazy. But it’s our best option and we know it.

We take a deep breath, face a new direction and with move ahead with shaking knees…


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Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) - May 7, 2016 Reply

I loved this – I felt I was there, twisting and turning with the journey. It can be scary to step away from the path we think we should be taking, but it might be leading us in the wrong direction. x

Thanks so much for sharing at #FridayFrivolity

Mother of 3 - May 7, 2016 Reply

I love this! The photos you have to go along with the post are just beautiful too.

Gwen - May 13, 2016 Reply

This is beautiful! I have taken this trip myself and struggled and ached, (mostly from my heart) and wondered if we would make it. I have also, at last, reached the point of peace you write about, enjoying the victory and suddenly become overwhelmed with gratitude, suddenly so aware of the blessings, opportunity, and love constantly surrounding me. It is not easy being a homeschool Mom. It is, however, the most rewarding position you can hold, if you hold on. Stay the course and stay in prayer. God has got you and so you have got this. One day at a time, girls!

    Alicia Michelle - May 13, 2016 Reply

    Yes, yes, YES!! Love this. We can do this one day at a time, through His grace and direction. Thank you for your encouragement, Gwen!!

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