In 2015, while pregnant with my oldest son, Nehemiah, the Lord began speaking to my heart about leaving the classroom as a public school teacher, being a stay-at-home mom, and eventually homeschooling him and my future children.
It was NEVER in my plans or my desire to stay at home.
I loved working outside of the home, teaching my students, and making a positive impact in their lives. It was so hard for me to let go. Honestly, I felt like leaving the classroom was taking away from my purpose (Ha! Like I knew what was best for me). But with tears in my eyes, and an unclear vision of the future, I surrendered and trusted God in His direction & leading.
Fast forward through a few years of growth and challenges and wins and lessons. God was continuously speaking to my heart and grooming my mindset through various opportunities, events, circumstances, and conversations to understand the calling of being a homeschool mom.
My home became my classroom for my children.
As a homeschool mom, I have the opportunity to have a front-row seat to my children’s education–fully knowing and learning their strengths and weaknesses and finding ways to help them accomplish feats while being successful in learning and growing in God’s Word.
Along with homeschooling my own family, I am also living a God-given dream as the Founder & Director of Imagodei Academy, a non-profit homeschool education program focused on improving education practices, serving other homeschool families, and “Redeeming Education Through a Biblical Worldview”.
Now, I know that God had purpose in calling me to serve in my home and it’s been a gift that keeps unfolding in unimaginable ways. The Lord has been faithful to me and my family along our homeschool journey. He’s provided our needs as well as our heart’s desires.
The blessing of obedience
Back in 2021, Nehemiah completed his kindergarten year. One thing I wanted him to experience was a formal kindergarten graduation. Yes, I’m that mom who wants the “all-out” event photos of milestones and memories. I didn’t want him to miss out on that experience and coincidentally neither did he. And of course, God provided once again.
“Mommy,” he said, “I want to have a kindergarten graduation. One wearing a hat and everything.” And exactly one week later, I found a local homeschool co-op graduation event.
If you’re unfamiliar with the endless dynamics of homeschooling, you’re probably thinking, “Wait? Homeschool kids have graduations?!” Yes, they do! Thankfully, our homeschool community at that time hosted such events to give students a full educational experience to celebrate milestones and achievements. And now, my baby has a forever memory of a kindergarten graduation.
That moment represents a blessing of obedience and trusting God with my surrender. Now understand that I am not “anti-formal school settings”. I am a product of a public school system. I taught in public schools, and use part-time private Christian school settings within my children’s homeschool routine. However, homeschooling is the best educational setting that works for our family vision and dynamics.
So here I am; 8 years later, STILL a working stay-at-home mom, homeschooling 3 energetic and loving sons, Nehemiah (7), Malachi (5), and Elijah (1). It hasn’t been an easy road but the journey thus far has been worth it. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Reflection: Is there an area of surrender you feel God calling you to? Take some time to seek Him about it.
I hope that what I shared encourages you towards obedience in trusting God with your surrender. He will be with you every step of the way. I am praying and rooting for you!
Kamika Raby is a devoted military wife, homeschool mom, and believer. She’s married to Terrence, her supportive husband of 12+ years, and together they are raising three incredible sons, Nehemiah, Malachi, and Elijah. Kamika is a gifted educator with over 15 years of educational experience. She is also the founder and director of Imagodei Academy, an education homeschool program focused on improving educational practice options, serving and supporting homeschool families, and “Redeeming Education Through a Biblical Worldview”. She is passionate about impacting education, building strong families, Biblical discipleship, and helping others manage life in spaces God has purposed for them. You can learn more about Kamika at www.kamikaraby.com.