Building your homeschool: Lessons from Nehemiah, Part 1

About this time of year, when the first buds begin to peek out among the dead leaves still scattered on the ground, I start yearning for the finish of our homeschool. And while I yearn quietly, my kids put a voice to it. Daily.

It’s hard to finish well. I find so much more motivation and energy in thinking about what’s coming next. How can I start something new? I think that’s why Scripture encourages us this way so often: “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,” Ecclesiastes 7:8a.

A while back, I read through Nehemiah, which wouldn’t seem to be a book about homeschooling. 😀 But as I read it, I found so much encouragement for my homeschool journey, in particular. My hope is that I can share some of the encouragement that I gleaned from this study to help us both finish out this school year not limping past the finish line, but having built something that is complete and lasting.

So let’s dive in!

“The wall of Jerusalem is broken down,” Nehemiah 1:3

Thirteen years before Nehemiah received this news, the Lord had stirred the heart of the king of Persia to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. More than 42,000 Israelites, who had been scattered and in captivity under Nebuchadnezzar, gathered together, gave their treasures, and began the work.

And now the joy of that beginning had faded. The walls were broken down. For the Israelites, this meant vulnerability to outsiders and corruption within.

“They said to me, ‘The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are burned with fire,” Nehemiah 1:3.

We begin this way too, with our shiny new curriculum and our big plans for the year. It’s exciting, and we are ready to build! And then comes the discouragement, the tears, the fussing, the complaining, the messy parts of childhood that we feel every minute of with them. In some ways would it be easier to send them to school? Yeah, it would.

So our big plans fade. We go into survival mode, just trying to limp toward a break. Good habits are broken, we let ourselves and our children slide toward complacency, and we fall into an attitude to just. get. it. done.

And for a season the beauty is lost. The wall begins to crumble.

But in this history, and in yours, too, that’s only the story of three verses. What comes next brings all the hope in the world.

Next week: Nehemiah’s, and our, immediate response.

Nicole Paitsel is the co-founder of Learning with Friends, LLC. A former high school public educator, she has homeschooled her children for six years, and is still learning and wondering alongside them!

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