Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lessons from Home Part III Lead Them!

As a stay at home mom and homeschooling three boys I know I have a big responsibility. Please don't misunderstand when I say I. Both my husband and I have that responsibility, but I am with them from 7am when they wake up to 7pm when their dad gets home and by 8:30they go to bed. There isn't much time for quality time between the boys and my husband right now. But during that time he is able to get involved with them and play with them and teaches them as well as instruct and correct them when needed. 
There are three things I've learned this past year as I homeschooled my older son. I like to call them the 3 L's of Homeschooling, you can read the other two here and here.

One day, they will no longer be little boys. They will grow up and become men, get married and have children.  Our mothering doesn't only consist of changing diapers, clothing and feeding our children and taking care of our home. It consists of teaching them as well.Weather you have a girl or a boy, you have the responsibility to train your children, to teach them life basics, to help them, but most importantly to lead them to Jesus Christ. We have a ministry in our home and we need to be intentional about teaching them the Word of God and spend time reading it, teaching it and memorizing it with them.

The Bible teaches us in Deuteronomy 6:5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might".

We need to do know this ourselves so that we can teach it to our children. Then it says that they shall be in our own hearts as well.
We are commanded to teach them to our children. When? All. The. Time. How? Diligently. Which means to do it conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation. 

Teaching our children the Word of God should be high on our priority list and we should do it intentionally.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.  
7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 

As our homeschool year has come to an end, nothing has been more important than for my children to learn God's word. Yes, Math is important, reading and writing and all the other subjects, they will get done, but what will sustain them for life is the Awesome and Powerful Word of God.  

My desire as a mom to three boys is for them to grow and be godly men, godly leaders of their future homes. I want them to love God with all they've got. I want to lead my boys to the cross, at Jesus' feet.  I pray that they would surrender their lives to Him even now, but I need to do my part in teaching them daily, so that when they are older and can make descicions on their own, that what they've learned at home won't be forgotten. That they would be as frontals on their foreheads. So that they can be prepared in whatever circumstances life brings.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

In 2 Timothy 3:15-17 says: and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 

So friends, lets get working! As summer has come, let's not put our Bibles away like if it was another textbook for school. So that in the fall we can dust it off. It is part of who we are.
Let us not become lazy or forgetful to spend time in prayer and in the word with our families. We can meditate on one verse, or something that caught your attention as you traveled and saw the beautiful scenery around you.
Lets not allow the busyness of summer  to wrap us in not spending time in prayer and in the word with our families and even alone, just you and God.
Lets make every moment count, make every moment a teachable one.
Make it a moment that your children can see God in everything!


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