Rea Berg says that homeschooling is a crucible, a refining fire. Nothing brings out your own shortcomings like teaching your children at home. Some days I wish I had a job where my own sin wasn’t always on display. But Rahima Baldwin, author of You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, says that home is the place where the spiritual needs of every member can be met.
I think the two quotes go hand in hand. This difficult and holy work is the means of our own spiritual growth. Our challenges come from the hand of God to refine us, but we are not called to be martyrs. Because the work is trying, it’s essential that there be times of refreshment, replenishment, rest. Our own spiritual needs–quiet reflection, gratitude, wonder, celebration–can be met even as we are meeting the needs of our children.
In the coming days, we’ll dig a little deeper into just how our life can truly nourish us.