Thankful Thursday – homeschooling

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Prov 22:6

Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “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. “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deut 6:4-9

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One of the things I’m most thankful for in my life is being able to homeschool my children. I really love being with my children all the time. Sure, there have been times when I needed some time away, when if one more person wanted one more thing from me I was going to SNAP! But we all have days like that – no matter if you homeschool, send your children to a school or are single!

The opportunity to build into my children’s lives, to train them, to disciple them, to find their bent and pursue it has been a joy.

Over the years I’ve had many reactions to the fact that we homeschool. The most predominant response was, “Wow, I wish I could do that, but I don’t think I could handle my children all day long.” I wonder how much of that response comes from the fact that parents often have to spend lots of time UN-TEACHING what they have learned at school. Not the academics, but the attitudes.

I get to see their character flaws (unfortunately, many of them come directly from ME — do not pass Go, do not collect $200!) and work on specific ways to change them. A lot of what we do is teaching godly character qualities in our children. Lots of scripture memory, lots of practicing good speech patterns and behavior (to build new habits), lots of prayer for the Holy Spirit to work in all of our lives.

So I am praising the Lord that I have been able to homeschool these past 23 years. And I am looking forward to the next 7 years until we are done. I pray for God’s grace, wisdom and discernment and joy to let Jesus live through me in training my children.

Blogs I might be linking to:
Menu Planning Monday, On The Menu Monday, Marital Oneness, The Better Mom, Multitudes on Monday, Hear it On Sunday, Sharing His Bounty, What Joy Is Mine, Playdates at the Well, Back to School Monday, Domestically Divine Tuesdays, Time Warp Wife, Funky Planet Frequent Flier Club, Encourage One Another, Living Well Wednesdays, Legacy Leaver Thursday, What’s Up Wednesday, Raising Homemakers, Thought Provoking Thursday, Hearts 4 Home, Thankful Thursday, Raising Mighty Arrows Thursdays, First Day of My Life , Thankful Thursdays, Thankful, Thankful Thursday Brown-eyed Bell(e), Big Family Fridays, Faith Filled Fridays, Home Focused Friday, Feasting In Fellowship Friday, Homemaking Link-up Week-end

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  1. This really hits the nail on the head and as our family is starting up a new school year, I’m having to deal with a lot of the attitude problems. It’s good to remind ourselves that spiritual teaching is our main job. Thanks for sharing. I found you through raising homemakers.

    • Kim, thanks so much for stopping by…so nice to meet you! I find that every semester I need to give myself a pep talk to remind me why I’m doing what I’m doing. It’s so easy to forget and get caught up with the world’s views and lose sight of the character training we need to do!

  2. What a beautiful post! I, too, am so grateful for homeschooling. Thank you for the reminder that it is the spiritual training that is surely the most important. Hope you have a great day! Many blessings, Lisa

    • Thanks for sharing that, Lisa! And thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

  3. When we started this journey 18 years ago, we knew it was a long term commitment. We were planning to go as long as we felt it was the best option. Our oldest child is very gifted and her giftedness extends across the board, not just in a few areas. When she was about to enter 7th grade, I was really overwhelmed. We had four other children at that point, two of them babies, and I did not know if I could continue to seriously challenge our oldest and stay “ahead” of her. At that point, we actually considered “options”. A small classical Christian school had just been started in our town and it ended up being what we chose for her. It was not perfect, but it was really wonderful. As the next two children got to be ready for 7th grade, we sent them there, too. All three of the “older kids” graduated from high school there. As our two babies got older, we had begun homeschooling them, thinking they would probably follow the same path. But then the Lord called us to adopt two little boys from Siberia. There are close in age to our two youngest biological children, but they have many “delays”. The classical school is very challenging and these two little boys would drown in the work there. Our two daughters would be fine, but we can’t send the girls and not the boys so we are planning to homeschool all four of them through high school. And it’s going to be wonderful.

  4. I really admire people who do homeschool. I honestly don’t think I could do it. Thank you so much for linking up with me this week.

  5. How i relate! Though we came ‘late’ to homeschooling; we will never regret that we did it….what a difference it made! OUr primary focus was to train up children with godly character traits….the academics were really secondary, but if you instill godly character qualities; your children WILL learn! In response to Sarah (the fontenot four), a young woman in our church that i discipled used to tell me she just didn’t think she could homeschool….well….after 4 yrs. of searching her heart and several of us praying; she is now in her second yr. of homeschooling a 14 yr. old, 12 yr. old; 9 and 5 yr.old. By the way….if Sarah sees this….i was wondering if she’s related to my old childhood friend from Kansas…Kristi Mahaffey Fontenot??? Just wondering. Kate…as always….right on the mark! Miss you, dear sister!

    • Cathy, my darling darling friend! I miss you terribly! Maybe God will open up the opportunity for a road trip – for either one of us! 😀


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