Nothing Worth Doing is Ever Easy -Including Homeschooling


Exhausted, really.  Some days, we wake up and we seriously don’t know where we are. Texas?  Florida? Tennessee? Louisiana? Michigan? Kentucky?

You see, the inside of the RV looks the same every morning.  Often times, we pull into a site late at night.  So it is quite often a surprise to the kids to see where we are.  This morning, we started the day in Niagara Falls, NY.  Tonight, we’ll end the day in Ludington, MI.

As I type this, the kids are settling in for six more hours on the road.  A movie is playing. RV is gassed up and tummies are full.  It’s a good feeling.

Got a lot on your plate?

But in case you get that “wouldn’t it be nice to RV with our kids” feeling, I’ve gotta admit: it’s not easy.  Just a few hours ago, kids were crying, dad was stressing, cars were cutting us off, cell phones were ringing, baby was crying and a half-gallon of orange juice was spilling behind the couch.  But that’s just this afternoon.

That brings me to homeschooling.  It’s not easy.  And anyone who has been at it for more than a week knows it.  It’s not a secret that homeschool moms sacrifice their time and energy (and sometimes, their sanity!) in order to educate their kids at home.  More often than not, homeschool moms share many things in common: her pastor thinks she’s crazy,  her mom wonders what she did wrong and  her best friend is always trying to talk her into putting her kids in school so she can “have a life.” As  my dear friend Steve Lambert says, “Only homeschool moms would choose to be LOCKED UP all day with little people while the rest of the civilized world sends their kids off to be taken care of by someone else!”

So true.  It is a sacrifice. It’s hours of work, days on end.  And just like everything else worth doing in this life, we are looking far down the road. Successful homeschool moms are not looking at today.  They’re looking years down the road. They know that the sacrifice they are making today will, Lord willing, pay huge dividends in the future.

Yes, it’s worth it, homeschool mom!  At the end of the day you won’t find a more worthy calling as a mom than to homeschool your kids. And really, nothing worth doing is EVER easy.  Take marriage for example.  Or parenting. Or being an entrepreneur. It’s difficult.  But stick with it … and one day …you’ll get to see that your little tree bears fruit. Fruit that has an impact into eternity.

You see, for the Christian parent, homeschooling provides an amazing opportunity for for you to disciple your children.  To have them by your side, to teach them of God’s love – to show them- what it looks like to “stay the course” even when it’s difficult … these are lessons that homeschooling will help you teach without making one lesson plan.

If you’re wondering if it’s going to be a pain in the neck at times, well, it is.  But if you’re looking for a lifetime investment that will yield dividends far into the future, then homeschooling is for you.

Stick with it, busy mom!  Fruit takes time to grow. But in due season, you’ll reap a harvest of JOY for the sacrifice you’re making now.

It’s worth it!

Heidi St John Guide to Daylight

About Heidi St. John

Heidi has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children and three grandchildren! The St. Johns homeschooled their kids all the way through high school. Heidi is the the author of seven books, host of the popular podcast "Off the Bench," and the founder of MomStrong International, an online community of women learning God's Word and how to apply it to every day life. She and her husband Jay are also the founders of Firmly Planted Family and the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center, located in Vancouver, Washington.

2 thoughts on “Nothing Worth Doing is Ever Easy -Including Homeschooling

  1. I love you, Heidi! Thank you so much for this post. I never really saw the “cup runneth over” in the discipleship area until my kids got older. What if I would have given up when I “thought” I wasn’t making a difference in their lives?? I am so thankful I stuck it out. I wouldn’t change it for the world!!!

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