“We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation. We need women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families; women who teach fearlessly.” – Elder Russel M. Nelson
When I realized that the role of women, as defined by the Proclamation on the family, is summarized in one word, nurture, I put myself to task to study it intently. That study and time of spiritual inquiry led me to know of the significance of my role as educator in the lives of my children.
One definition of nurture, is found in the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary:
- That which nourishes; food; diet.
- That which promotes growth; education; instruction. Eph 6.
- To feed; to nourish.
- To educate; to bring or train up.
To nurture is to educate.
My most rewarding moments of mothering are in the moments of having my children all gathered around me engaged in learning things of this world and things of the spirit. If ever I am feeling drained, out of balance or needing to “re-fuel”, I can find that additional sustaining power from more deeply fulfilling my role as nurturer, nourishing their hearts and minds with intelligence, education of truth and principles that are from a divine source.
I am so happy to be homeschooling my children and would invite others to consider the idea. Specifically, I would encourage you to ask God if he wants you to homeschool your children. Any potential fear or concern about the idea is swallowed up in obtaining God’s will for you and your children.
ASK GOD If YOU SHOULD BE HOME SCHOOLING YOUR CHILDREN
I often hear from mothers, “I don’t think I could ever homeschool. How do you do it?”
- Then collect your promptings, direction, study notes, fasting results, temple impressions, synchronicities, etc. over a pre-determined amount of time. Formally study the results of your “receiving” and declare your best answer based on faith that you have absolutely been divinely guided in your sincere seeking.
- God will answer you! Feel confidant to proceed as declared if you receive no correction. You have absolutely put forth sufficient effort that your plea was heard and recognized and he trusts your path. If you receive a correction or confirmation… even better and I would love to hear about it!