Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Spiritually Homeschooling Our Children

What does the statement:

"Home school your children, spiritually." ... say to you?

Beth Moore is the author of that statement from her Believing God Bible Study video session. I remember hearing her talk about it the first time I did Believing God. Now, after 4 years of teaching that Bible study over and over again - this statement never gets old.

She reminds us that we have to be very careful not to allow others
to raise our children for us. While it is good to take our children to
church, SS or send them to Christian Schools [as I did mine] whether
lower level or even Christian colleges, homeschooling them
spiritually is a parent's job [and often a grandparent's as well].

  • Beth makes a statement in that series that I believe is worth repeating

    "Be care that you don't send your children to Christian school in hopes that they will learn a 'little something' about God... or they may just learn that God is a 'little something'."

    [read THAT one more time]

    2 Timothy 1:5
    I have been reminded of your sincere faith,
    which first lived in your grandmother Lois
    and in your mother Eunice and,
    I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

    Deuteronomy 6 [selected]
    Love the LORD Your God

    1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all His decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.
    6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. [emphasis added]

    In our present culture with all the pressures that our children face in a fallen world, what are some of the ways you 'home school them spiritually'?

In Prayer? In Bible Study and Memory [not just reading]? In Music? In Worship? In Service? In Giving? In Awe and Wonder?

If we do not selectively and intentionally TEACH these things to our children and grandchildren, spiritually, they will learn from the world instead. The 'world' is always teaching them 'something'. It is our job to teach them and show them that GOD IS REALLY SOMETHING and SOMEONE to KNOW and LOVE!

I leave you with some intentional questions in this post in hopes that you might implement something here to enhance or 'step up' your level of homeschooling your kids spiritually.

  • Do you teach them to PRAY? [by allowing them to hear your sincere adult prayers]?

  • Do you get them excited in studying GOD'S WORD together, encouraging them to memorize Scripture as a tool and weapon of spiritual warfare?

  • Do you keep their ears filled with Christian MUSIC [old hymns or current praise songs] from time they are small?

  • Do you lead them into a place of WORSHIP - giving them a prayer closet before the Lord or some other Sacred Space to be alone with Him?

  • Do you take them to SERVE an elderly neighbor and let them rake leaves or bake cookies or take a meal to someone who is sick - sharing in those tasks with you?

  • Do you teach them about God's command to TITHE what they earn - from the time they receive an allowance - getting them excited about GIVING to God?

  • Do you walk along the way - in the park - noting and sharing in all the WONDER of God's creation - teaching them to give Him thanks and praise for all He has made - like the stars, the sunsets, the moon at night?
Whatever you ARE NOT doing - begin something TODAY.
Whatever you ARE DOING - do MORE!
Give them the GIFT of LIFE in Christ Jesus -

Choosing JOY,


Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

Amen and Amen!

I am reading Nehemiah this week in my quiet time and I LOVE how 3:28 reminds us that we each must build the wall in front of our own home. "Spiritual homeschooling" is building the wall....equipping...nurturing...protecting.

Love the truths shared in your post today!

Warren Baldwin said...

Excellent points, Stephanie. I tell parents they can't depend on just Sunday School and worship to provide all the spiritual training their children need. That must come from home. Good post.

KrippledWarrior said...

Proverbs 22:6-
Raise up a child in the way he should go...

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm trying sweet friend... now on my second generation of kids; that being said, even the first generation can't escape the spiritual homeschooling... I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. It's worth repeating again...

"Speak your faith to your children."

We cannot assume they've heard it enough. We must speak it aloud. So many of us are afraid of our voices; so what if it doesn't come out perfectly... live perfectly. Still and yet, do it! Live faith, and should we err, let it be on the side of the kingdom.

Love you.