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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