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Do we follow the Lord’s leading? Sometimes we have to get out of His way! I invited Jennifer Slattery to share about her experience homeschooling her daughter and the lesson she learned. Welcome, Jennifer!
I had our daughter’s life planned out by the time she was four, and one thing I knew for certain? We were going to homeschool. I knew, that was what God wanted us to do. It was a strange, very deep, almost instant knowing. No questions, no fears, no need to research all the pros and cons. I just knew.
That’s kind of how my parenting has been. When God is leading me toward something important, I just know. This was one of those times.
But… I hit a major roadblock. A stop-all-planning roadblock… called my husband. He was not at all for homeschooling our daughter, and he made that clear with a simple yet firm, “No.”
Remember what I said about knowing with absolute certainly when God calls me to something? Uh… yeah… I was confused. Two major truths in my life were smacking each other in the head. God wanted us to homeschool. I knew it with every fiber of my being!
But He also wanted me to submit to my husband.
Sitting in my prayer corner, I shook my head. “I don’t get it, God. Either I heard you wrong or you’ve got to change my husband’s heart.”
Considering how adamant my husband was, I felt certain the latter wouldn’t happen, so I went about planning my life. Deciding what I’d do with all that free time I’d have once our daughter started school. I could return to work, take college classes, serve at the church more. And as the time to register her for school came around, my excitement grew. Everything was falling into place. The principal of the school she’d attend even went to our church! Surely God was in this school thing, right?
And my ability to hear Him? Clearly I’d failed in that area. Not exactly comforting.
But less than a month from the start of school, God flipped things. One night, as I cooked dinner, chatting with my husband, he said, “Have you considered homeschooling?”
It was like a punch to the gut. Remember that plan I made? All the things I’d do with my free time? Gone. Because the moment those words came out of his mouth I knew, God had answered my prayer. He’d changed my husband’s heart.
I learned something that day. When God wants something to happen, it will. He doesn’t need to nag, beg, threaten or pout. He doesn’t need my help at all. In fact, had I done that, I may have gotten my way, but I’m pretty sure my husband would’ve been resentful. Not bought in. But the way God worked things out, my husband became our biggest supporter.
Though we don’t homeschool now, those hours spent reading books on the couch or exploring caves bound our hearts together and developed maturity, integrity, and a strong spiritual foundation in our daughter. A foundation He’s still building upon.
God always knows best, doesn’t He? And He’s working things out, He’s fighting for us, our kids, and our family, right this moment. Sometimes we just need to get out of His way.
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.
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