Overcoming Feelings Of Inadequacy

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Hey, homeschoolers! I have done a podcast episode on wondering if we are doing enough in our homeschools. But we also wonder if WE are enough.

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My guest is going to help us find the truth about feelings of inadequacy. Sharla Fritz is a Christian author and speaker who weaves honest and humorous stories into life-changing Bible study. Author of eight books, including Measured by Grace: How God Defines Success, Sharla writes about God’s transforming grace and unfailing love. Sharla lives in the Chicago suburbs with her amusing pastor husband. I met Sharla many years ago at a women’s retreat where we were both speaking. Chatting with her encouraged me and I know she’ll encourage you too.

Introduction:

    • Melanie reflects on when she first met Sharla, and her daughter was moving to China 10 years ago.
    • Sharla shares her homeschooling journey and how her husband’s suggestion to homeschool surprised her.
    • The advantage of homeschooling for a pastor’s family—more time for family activities.
    • Melanie and Sharla discuss their initial reluctance to homeschool, despite its eventual positive impact.

Believing You Have Adequate Time:

    • Sharla acknowledges struggling with time management during homeschooling.
    • The challenge of wanting to do everything recommended by homeschooling experts.
    • Emphasizes the importance of seasons and seeking God’s guidance for what is needful in a specific season.
    • Quotes 2 Corinthians 9:8 about God’s ability to provide grace and sufficiency, even in time management.

Believing You Have Adequate Skills and Expertise:

    • Melanie asks if Sharla ever felt inadequate in certain subjects while homeschooling.
    • Sharla admits feeling inadequate in areas like math, science, and teaching reading.
    • Encourages homeschoolers to lean on God’s strength and emphasizes expertise in understanding and loving their own children.

Self-Worth and Comparison:

    • Sharla discusses societal expectations and criticism of homeschoolers, especially women.
    • Talks about signs of unworthiness, such as negative self-talk and unhealthy comparisons.
    • Encourages combatting feelings of unworthiness with scripture, particularly Isaiah 43:4.
    • Melanie and Sharla discuss the importance of celebrating smallness and doing the next thing God has given with love.

Conclusion:

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You may also like an episode I did with Deb Wolf on insecurity.

Have a happy homeschool week!

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