Encouraging Moms to Homeschool Their Children

By Liz Nieves
I’m a homeschooling mom of a 9-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. How did I know I was
called to homeschool? It was when my son was just a little tot of 2 years old. I didn’t know
anything about “homeschooling,” much less ever heard of it. All I remember is hearing it in
my heart and thinking, “What is homeschool?” I mentioned it to my husband, and he simply
said, “Our children would be a light in the public school.”
With that said, I never mentioned it again. I just prayed about it and asked the Lord to
reveal it to my husband if He wanted us to homeschool. Within a short time after that my
husband asked me what I thought about homeschooling our kids. I about fell over! God is
faithful! I knew at that moment that it was the Lord telling us to keep our children home. I
hit the ground running and have never looked back, no matter how hard it seems to get.
Since I have been on this homeschooling journey, God continues to unfold His exciting Word
to me about home education. Homeschooling is not just school three to four hours a day but
a lifestyle that is all day every day. Homeschooling is truly discipling your children.
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt
teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine
house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest
up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets
between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy
gates” (Deuteronomy 6:6–9).
How can you do that when someone else has your child six to eight hours a day?
Often I get the privilege of responding to women who ask me about schooling their kiddos
at home. Either they are asking me because they hear horror stories about public schools or
they are having trouble with their kids in public schools. I count it all joy when the Lord
gives me an opportunity with His precious daughters to encourage, build, and exhort them.
I encourage moms to know that they are divinely called and equipped to minister to and
teach their children. It all started right back in the Garden of Eden:

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28).

God said that we should fill the earth and subdue it! The word subdue means “to take
control or authority over.” As parents, we have God-given authority over our children. If we
don’t use that authority, someone else will. If we allow others to teach our children the
world’s ways, then we will have foolishly relinquished our rights.

The Bible also says to “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will
not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Parents are the best ones for the job! No one knows a
child better than Mom and Dad. God has designed it that way for His plans and purposes.
The Bible also says,
“The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master”
(Luke 6:40).
As mothers, we will also learn, along with our children, on this wonderful journey. We get to
do life together! That’s eternal!
I tell moms that they are impacting the nations when they answer the call to homeschool
their children. It is not something to take lightly. It’s an honor and a privilege to have
precious little ones to train up. As believers we need to renew our minds with the Word of
God. Once we start doing that, our faith kicks in and we have a hope and a peace that the
world cannot know. And the renewing of our minds goes on until the day of Jesus Christ.
We have a beautiful manual to live by; it’s called the Bible. It tells us how God wants us to
live our lives. I also encourage moms to search the Scriptures to see what God says about
our children. We should never label our children; only allow what God has said in His Word.
His Word says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made: “I will praise thee; for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right
well” (Psalm 139:14).
I also encourage moms to explore the homeschooling world by attending conferences and
checking out homeschooling websites, magazines, books etc. I recently got a phone call
from a friend whom I hadn’t seen in quite some time. She is a full-time working mom who
has children the same age as mine. The school was telling her that her boys needed to be
assessed because they seem to have an attention problem.
My friend started talking to other moms about this, and they were encouraging her to have
her boys assessed so that they could be medicated to function in class. At that moment she
thought of me because she knew I was homeschooling my kids. I encouraged her to do
whatever it would take to bring her boys home. I took her to a homeschooling conference
that I was about to attend and gave her some books to read and articles to ponder, and she
now homeschools! She says her boys are so happy being at home in a loving environment
learning at their own pace and being able to play outside and explore God’s creation. I can’t
even tell you what joy that brings to my heart!
Every time I have the opportunity to talk to a mom about homeschooling, I know it’s a
ministry from God. Long after my children are grown and are homeschooling their own kids,
I will still be encouraging and praying for moms to answer the call that is on their lives.
Elizabeth Nieves has been happily married to Rick Nieves for the last fourteen years. They
have a son, Ricky (9), and a daughter, Julia (7). They reside in Cypress, California, and
have been homeschooling for the last four years. Together as a family they recently have
been serving in a new church plant in Long Beach, California. Liz’s husband serves as an
Assistant Pastor and sound man, and Liz serves in the Children’s Ministry.
Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in
the May 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine.
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