"Mom, I lost my workbook."
"Honey, where are my keys?"
"Friend, will you babysit my kids all weekend?"
"Mrs. Daley, can you cook 48 cupcakes for the church bake sale?"
From running errands, paying bills, answering emails, responding to texts, to cooking for our families and cleaning our homes, our lives can get very hectic at times. Then as homeschooling moms, we get to add teaching, scheduling, and grading into the mix. Day in and day out, we are bombarded with things that can overwhelm us. So what do we do when we feel so overwhelmed that we want to give up? You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that says "I CAN'T DO THIS FOR ONE MORE DAY". I have been there a few times in our 21 years of homeschooling.
When I sit down feeling stressed, I think what can I do to make my life a little less nerve racking and the first thing that comes to mind in those wee hours of the morning is I could send the kids to school. It sure would take a lot of pressure off of me and I could have 6 to 7 hours of quiet everyday where I could get things accomplished without distraction. It isn't long before God brings to mind that He has called me to homeschool my children. It is my ministry in this season of life and if anything else is keeping me from doing it with excellence, those are the things I have to give up.
I have had to give up a lot over the years, and I don't regret one thing. When I felt like our homeschool was suffering due to my outside activities, I had a choice to make. I could keep trying to do it all and get burned out or I could choose to let things go that were causing my anxiety.
I had to say no at times. I couldn't let anyone take advantage of me just because I was home all day " just doing school". I had to put our family first. I had to be obedient to the Lord and make sure that my kids were getting the best of me and not what was left over.
So, my advice to you is to sit back and look at your day to day life. Are there things you could give up so that your homeschooling days are not so hectic? Do you set time aside to take care of you, so you can take care of your family? Are you able to say no when something may conflict with your homeschooling schedule?
Now don't get me wrong. We still need to be hospitable. We need to love on others. We just need to do it as the Lord calls us to. We need to follow the Holy Spirit's promptings. If God is in it, we won't feel overwhelmed. He will give us peace and strength to do what He has called us to do. It is when we step out and aren't listening to Him that we get into trouble. Make sure you pray about everything before you say "yes".
I hope this post encourages you. I will be praying for you everyday! Remember to let God have control and make sure you are taking time to spend with Him each day. He will always be there for you and will never fail you.