So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Let's part company. If you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right, I'll go to the left."
Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD... So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.
The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the LORD.
Yes, anything "free" comes with a cost. My belief is that to pray, pray, pray and then if God leads you one direction or not then follow that at all costs! It all belongs to Him, so if college is in the plan for your child, God will provide at the right time, even if you think you've missed the school district's "free" timing. We haven't rushed into using what looks good and I'm sooo thankful and God is providing now.
Yes, this post is a 'repeat'. However, the advice is still sage and exactly what I needed to hear right now. I struggle with the pressure to put high schoolers in public school's dual enrollment program. It's really hard to ignore the financial benefits of many free college classes. And it's hard not to feel foolish for not wanting to do so when others are being so smart and thrifty. But I have a hard time stomaching the idea of being bound to the 'system' at this point in the game. And I like the 'system' even less now than I did ten years ago when we began homeschooling!
Thanks for the encouragement, Lee, to persevere. It couldn't have come at a better time!!
Oh, it's a terrible pressure, for sure, BK! Other homeschoolers look at us, dumbfounded that we don't "take advantage" of what's offered for our children. But you and I know, it comes at a price! My children have all been homeschooled using both public and private options. I know now that they aren't "missing out" on anything by being homeschooled privately.
Assistant to The HomeScholar
I really needed to read this today.
It seems that ever since I became a parent, I always choose the hard way. The hard way meaning going against the flow of "normal" child rearing and teaching.
Homeschooling requires that of us. Thank you for your encouragement to keep going when it's hard. Sometimes it's tempting to just put them in school. I made that mistake with my oldest when he was in 10th grade. Never again. Not for that reason.
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
I have to keep reminding myself of this Biblical truth. It's so difficult to not fall into the trap to "keep up with the Jones". I've really struggled on this one because my son doesn't fit into the mold that a lot of his friends do. Thank you so much for blessing us with this reminder!