Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. I Thessalonians 5:24, NASBA woman I know trusted that “calling or sense of what the Lord wanted her to do" and began homeschooling when the odds seemed to be against her. Having several small children, limited finances and a child designated as having several special education problems, she responded in faith by taking her child out of public school. She sought counsel and help with the academic considerations and then put her hand to the plow. She told me of timely encouragement from the Lord and other sustaining graces. The results she described to me at the end of the year were amazing, and the very words she spoke pointed to God’s faithfulness to her and her family. Success in homeschooling is not limited to certain test results, it is the restoration of a discouraged spirit, the acceptance of a limitation, or the realization of a particular gift. Homeschooling successes come in the form of renewed or strengthened love between parent and child or brothers and sisters. It may be as simple as the ability to obey a parental request cheerfully, but one thing is sure - it will never be the same for every homeschooling family. My faith was built by my friend’s simple testimony. I know that God can do similar miracles for us and through us if we will trust Him enough to do what we hear Him saying and let Him be the author of the outcome.
___________Debbie Strayer was the co-founder of Homeschooling Today magazine. She became a part of the homeschooling movement in 1988 when she and husband Greg began their journey as homeschoolers. Prior to that time, Debbie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in education. Debbie always felt that her most important accomplishments were that she was the wife of Greg Strayer for 35 years, the mother of homeschool graduates Nate and Ashley and a homeschooling parent for 16 years. Here are a few of her accomplishments: