New Devotional for Catholic Homeschool Moms

Homeschool Moms at the Feet of Jesus: 31 Days of Encounter with Our Lord by Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag is a new devotional designed to “help homeschool moms develop the habit of allowing Jesus to teach her first so she can be an effective teacher to her children” and to inspire moms to try homeschooling or to persevere if they are struggling.

Each of the days includes a Scripture passage, reflection by the author, reflection questions for the reader, and prayer. Each day, you are invited to consider what concerns you want to bring to God and what three things you are grateful for in your homeschool. That emphasis on thankfulness is important. So often we focus on what is going wrong in our homeschooling lives. It is valuable to consider what is going well.

Gumap-as Dumadag focuses on topics such as experiencing fear about homeschooling and learning to trust in the Lord, relying on God for wisdom and strength, being thankful in all circumstances, offering God what you have, and obeying the Lord. One of my favorite quotes in the book is:

It is not by your strength, abilities, intellect, or will that you can homeschool your child successfully. If God has called you to this mission at this time, it will only be through the power of His Holy Spirit that you can accomplish it.

The author writes from the Philippines and is a homeschooling mother of three gifted children. As such, while this devotional has much to offer, it is best suited to those with gifted or twice-exceptional children. As an added bonus, it will be available for free download on Amazon during its virtual launch from June 30 to July 1, 2021.

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Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fourteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Power of Forgiveness". She blogs at spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com