Our family survived a period of many months–more than a year–several years back that was so stressful we avoided talking about it for a long, long time. My husband had endured a lengthy interview process and been selected for a position that promised great opportunities. To respect to his previous employer, he turned in his resignation in time to train a replacement. Then, on the first day of his new job, the boss’s nephew showed up to say that he was interested in the position after all. And that was that. We were unemployed during a terrible recession.

What does this have to do with homeschooling or walking with our children?

Those many months–so stressful at the time–blessed us in ways we are now glad to share.

One of those ways involved walking.

I ramped up my cottage industry to help cover expenses. When our youngest, who was in kindergarten and first grade at the time, announced that he’d rather go to our local school and have “a lunchbox and a pretty young teacher,” I acquiesced. How would I find time to teach him to read when it was hard to find the time even to take him to school and pick him up?

My husband continued to rise early every day, preparing for his job search, but his day was not yet busy at 7:30 when our son needed to leave for school. So every morning, father and son walked the mile from our house to the elementary. They talked about a lot of things–little boy bullies and big boy bullies, how life isn’t always fair, how Christians should respond, and how we know God defends us.

They enjoyed the time together so much that my husband rearranged his schedule so he could walk his boy home again at 3:00.

One of the main reasons my husband wanted a new job was because his old one kept him away from home for days on end. He wanted more time with his children. During those stressful months, the Lord gave him that time, and he used it fully. He built a relationship with our son that was strong enough to see them through all the years and challenges to come. As my husband walked our son through his first sometimes-rough encounter with the world, our son saw first-hand that God walked his dad through grown-up rough spots.

Lessons like that aren’t found in a textbook.

We often emphasize that homeschooling is far more than “doing school at home.” Homeschooling is a process of preparing our children to be godly adults.

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As we walk through life with our children–literally and figuratively–we have precious opportunities to teach and model what we believe.

This Friday’s suggested activity is simple: find ways to walk with your children.

 

 

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