THE THINGS THAT TRULY MATTER
- Thoughts For The Homeschool Mom -
This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to participate in a “Parade of Nations” at a missions conference. It was such a beautiful thing to take part in, and brought tears to my eyes. I watched the various flags going by after our own, and thought of all the people, from all the nations, one day gathered around the Throne of God. I watched our girls happily wearing costumes representing China, Canada, and South Africa, and I thought about the possibility of them embarking upon their own missions work in the years ahead. I praised God that, from a very young age, they are getting a glimpse of the THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER in this life.
The fact is, there are days on this deputation journey when trying to homeschool on the road feels like a “lost cause”. Every day is different, and the routine just isn’t there! It is easy to become overwhelmed. But the Lord knows how to encourage a weary mom!
Isaiah 54:13 “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”
A fellow educator recently asked me about the necessary homeschooling paperwork for our state. When I pulled up last year’s letter to the school board, it immediately blessed my heart. It reminded me of the THINGS THAT TRULY MATTER! I read the carefully thought-out phrases and the numerous Bible verses I had cited, and I sat there with the laptop and just rejoiced! THIS – This is why we are doing what we are doing! This is a task that we feel GOD has given to us! He knows the plans that HE has for our children, and will continue to help us through every stage! Whether we are in America or overseas; in a house, or in a hotel, or in a van.
As Christians, our beliefs are based upon the Bible, and affect every aspect of our daily lives – the words we say, the songs we sing, the books we read, the entertainment we allow in our home, the ministries we become involved in, and the very way we function as a family. We believe that our children should accompany us as we serve in ministry. These opportunities are vital examples in the training of our children. Our prayer is that by homeschooling our children and raising them in a Christian home, we can impart our beliefs to our children, and help them to grow in their own personal walk with the Savior.
Joel 1:3 “Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.”
Homeschooling won’t look the same for our family as it does for yours. That is the nature of homeschooling! It is often as different and unique as the individuals involved. Home education can also undergo a variety of changes through the years – with the introduction of a newborn, the move to a new house, the discovery of a learning disability, the potty training of a toddler . . . The methods may alter a hundred times over. But when my children leave my home one day, what will I want them to have learned? Have you ever paused to consider that thought?
Deuteronomy 6:7 “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
I Pray My Girls Will Have Learned -
To love the Lord their God. To hide His Word in their hearts. To share His Word with others. To value life. To be thankful to their Creator. To cherish the gift of salvation. To appreciate their country’s history. To be grateful for their country’s freedoms. To see individuals of every race as souls for whom Christ died. To stand up for what is right. To serve without being noticed. To work as a team with others. To finish a task once it has been started. To respect God-given authority. To read fluently. To know how to communicate thoughts and ideas through the use of art, and music, and the written word. To use their talents and gifts for God. To give cheerfully to the Lord and to manage their personal finances. To provide wholesome meals for their family. To possess a sense of curiosity and wonder, as well as a keen imagination. To have all the tools to pursue further education and training in any field to which the Lord might one day call them.
This list could be ever so much longer.
How about your own? You are your child’s mother as well as their educator. Do you know WHY you have taken this task upon you? Has God laid certain things on your heart that you need to accomplish for Him? Your children are unique and special to God! When you’re tempted to be overwhelmed in your homeschooling endeavors, I encourage you to hold onto your God-given goals. Not your own ambitions or desires, but the priorities that HE helps you to set, each year as it comes.
Psalm 127:1 “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it . . .”
As you finish out the current grades and choose curriculum for next year, I urge you to pray before purchasing. If a workbook or a video does not suit your child’s particular needs, or your family’s personal goals, don’t use it next year! Don’t feel confined to a curriculum. Don’t compare your child to someone else’s. Don’t seek to please anyone but the Lord. And don’t forget WHY you are doing what you are doing! Our time with our children is short! May we use it for the honor and glory of the Lord.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”