I find that I sometimes forget exactly why I am homeschooling. It is good to have the support of other homeschool moms to remind me. Some homeschool moms and I got together and prayed this evening and it was very powerful. The worship bought me back to basics and helped me to remember what is important.
I am homeschooling because: I feel a mandate from God to do so, I desire closeness for my family and I feel that individualized learning is the best possible learning.
There may be some other reasons such as wanting to teach my child about the Bible from a young age, dislike of public school philosophy and curriculum, concerns about safety and peer influences in public schools, the expense of private schools which may still tend to have many of the problems of public school for instance.
But my top 3 reasons, the ones I listed first, really get at the heart of the matter.
I came across a story about a Christian family who were among the earliest homeschoolers in their state. Their main reason for homeschooling was to promote family closeness because the mom had been diagnosed with cancer.
This story confirmed what the Lord laid on my heart during our prayer time about exactly why I am homeschooling.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be obedient to God and to serve my family faithfully.