When I was five years old, I attended a community revival service. When the invitation was given, I felt that I needed to go forward. I turned to my mother and asked, “Mommy, can I go up there?” She gave me permission, so I walked forward to the pastors at the front. I was saved that day.
Unlike many other similar testimonies, I’ve never strayed from my faith. Through all the learning moments and trials since my faith in God and my salvation have remained intact. I think that is because homeschooling protects a child’s faith.
5 Reasons Homeschooling Protects a Child’s Faith
Reason #1 – A Safe Haven
Christian parents who choose to homeschool take a lot of grief for “sheltering” and “brainwashing” their children.
The truth is, homeschoolers are sheltered, but that isn’t a bad thing.
As a homeschooler, I was sheltered from nonstop peer pressure, excessive bullying, gossip, and from having the majority of my waking hours immersed in ungodly worldviews.
I was sheltered, but not completely protected. Homeschooling was simply a safe haven so I could engage with the world in small doses. This gave me the space to reflect on the things I heard and saw instead of being swept along by the actions and words of my peers.
Reason #2 – More Time to Build My Own Faith
Most homeschool families finish their assigned schoolwork in half the time of their public school counterparts. This was especially true for me.
With more free-time, it was easier for me to read the Bible. I was also able to spend more time memorizing Scripture to make sure I truly understood everything.
As I grew up, I naturally began to develop own my faith during my spare time.
Reason #3 – Godly Friends
I’m positive there are good, godly kids in public or private schools.
But as I got older, I struggled more and more to connect with public school kids that I interacted with. I even had very little in common with most of the public school kids I met at church.
I did find my friends at homeschool co-op. While we had different hobbies and skills, we had one thing in common: “How do I live a life pleasing to the Lord?” During breaks between Monday co-op classes, we talked about subjects ranging from modesty, different denominations or wondering if God created aliens. My friends played a huge part in sharpening my apologetics and faith.
Reason #4 – Put my Faith into Action
As a homeschooler, I could be flexible with my schooling. This meant that I could volunteer time on ministry construction sites (under my parents’ supervision!) while my peers were in school. While my peers sometimes had weekend homework, I could participate in Saturday outreach events.
Seeing God work in the lives of others during these times of ministry protected my faith because it made it hard for me to backtrack on my belief system. I can never forget those days of adventure, joy, and peace I felt as I lived on mission for Him. Those memories constantly remind me to stay on track, to keep seeking God’s will for my life, and to actually apply His will to my life.
REASON #5 – My Parents
There’s one final thing that worked to protect my faith, and it isn’t something unique to homeschooling: my parents.
Each day I watched my parents model their own faith in front of us.
They shared when God told them something with phrases like, “I think God is leading me” and “God showed me.” They made the relationship element of Christianity real.
Because of that, I learned how to seek and follow God for myself.
A lot of times people miss how God is working in the moment. It’s only when we look back that we begin to realize just how amazing and wonderful His plan is.
When I look back on my own life, I can see the things that influenced and strengthened my faith.
Homeschooling your child is a ministry to their education as well as their souls.
As a child, I was excited to be homeschooled because of the extra time I had to read and write, but what I didn’t realize was the impact homeschooling would have on my faith.
Biography: Lauren C. Moye is a wife and mother, but in another life she was a homeschool student. Her internet home is www.chaoticlifeoflauren.com, where she usually writes to “help busy Christian moms manage life.” She loves the homeschool culture, though, and looks forward to one day being back in the world as a homeschooling parent. Curious about how much of a homeschool family you are? Read Lauren’s recent post “Signs of a Homeschool Family” to find out!