Homeschooling in the Spirit

Young boy laughing joyfully while reading Scripture

Is it possible to educate our children in such a way that we are homeschooling in the Spirit? I always stand amazed at the work of the Holy Spirit each time I read the book of Acts. For example, today I read Acts 8 and was reminded of how in verse 29 the Spirit says to Philip “Go up and join this chariot.” Philip follows the lead of the Holy Spirit and guides the eunuch in his understanding of Isaiah and “preached Jesus to him” (verse 35). The eunuch believes in Jesus and asks to be baptized.

A similar event happened to my friend, Sue, this week. Sue was walking the trails of Fullerton and she passed by a truck with two workers, she felt a nudge from the Spirit to go back and share with the workers. She turned around, walked back, and struck up a conversation with one of the men.

She asked him if he had a personal relationship with the Lord. He replied, “No, but I need one.” After further discussion he prayed to receive Christ.

Homeschooling in the Spirit

There have been countless times in my life where the Spirit has told me to do something… and I did, and it was clear that He was working… whether it was leading someone to Christ, praying for a student, or going the extra mile to serve someone.

In the busy hubbub of our daily homeschool activities, are we listening to the Spirit and taking time to follow His lead?

Prayerful Reflection

Take 10-15 minutes to prayerfully reflect with the Lord on the following:


  1. Lord, do I homeschool independent of Your Spirit? or in tandem with your Spirit?
  2. Jesus, am I listening to your tutelage each day or barging ahead into battle without your guidance?
  3. Lord, am I sensitively considering the spiritual elements of each day’s study and listening to Your guidance, or am I homeschooling independent of your Spirit?
  4. How aware am I of the spiritual place/stage/readiness/each of my children?

Lord, through the tutelage of Your Spirit, teach me to see my child(ren), and their education through a new set of lenses… that of eternity. Amen.


June Hetzel, Ph.D., Dean of Education, Biola University