Well we are 6 weeks into homeschooling and have had numerous false starts. No matter what this year was just NOT working for us. No rythm, no pattern, no consistency. It was flat, boring and none of us were plugged in. We were filling requirements of school and not walking out the purpose of homeschooling.
So today I waved the white flag and said I quit. Lets throw this out and start again. What on earth is missing? Why is this not what I planned? It is just the same stuff we used last year only a year ahead! I didn’t change anything. So I sat and poured over curriculum. I looked at all of my options. Then a song played in the other room and I started to cry.
I have been missing it. God is doing something in my heart to pour into my children. Heroes rarely play it safe! They are out, serving, ministering, loving the least of these. They are bold, strong and courageous. They listen to Gods call and GO! So if my children are in my home and I have a limited time to train them should I bog them down with busy work or should I be equipping them?
Are we teaching them to read so they can make good readers OR are we training them to read so they can go and teach children in villages in Africa how to read? Are we teaching them math so they can make change or are we teaching them so they can train women in India how to run a home enterprise, pulling themselves from begging and poverty? Are we training them in science so they can know a lot of cool facts or are we teaching them science so they can go and help farmers grow crops in tough soil or help villages make water purifiers? Are we teaching them history because we should or because we want them to go and reclaim what this country once was? Let us start training heroes with our homeschool! World changers! Life changers! People who DON’T play it safe but run after the challenge that is before them! Let us change our perspectives! Look beyond the books! We are not just learning memory verses, we are tucking the Word in our hearts just in case we do not have access to a Bible but we want to bring the Gospel to a country it is illegal!
This is about action, now.
Ephesians 6:19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
2 Corinthians 11:25-27 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food,[a] in cold and exposure.
That is Paul, living boldly. Why do we have this play it safe mentality? (Disclaimer: if you public school, you may get mad BUT I have to say it, read on at your own discretion.) God gives us a limited time with our children to train them. This is the time of year MANY Christian mothers are sending their children off to be discipled 7 hours a day in a secular, anti-God institution, trained in things contrary to the Bible. I don’t care how much they love Jesus when they are 5, 7 or 10, they are being trained in a lie and if you teach a lie long enough eventually it will become truth. Why are you risking your children’s eternity by sending them to a God hating entity 5 days a week? How much more can they learn by YOUR side? How much more can you train them? You are equipped! You are able! You CAN do it! It is not too hard, expensive, etc. YOU can! Don’t play it safe and sublet your children’s education to people you do not know and who, even if they are Christian, are bound by law NOT to say the name of Jesus. Be bold and bring your babies home. There are more resources now than any other time for homeschoolers. You don’t have to miss another moment of your babies lives.
Often our goal in educating our children in America is good grades, college degree, good career, 401k and a good benefit package. We want them to marry, buy a house, have a few kids and enjoy life. But what if Gods plan is different? What if His plan is for them to release children from the sex trade? What if His plan if for them to be a doctor and then go to the remote jungles of Peru treating people? What if He doesn’t want them to marry and to go live the life of Amy Carmichael or Gladys Alyward, rescuing orphans? Are you raising your children for your dreams or to hear God’s voice? Let’s change out perspectives!
So here is what I am using this year.
The International Adventure series from YWAM starting with “A Cry from the Street”
All About Reading- my 11 year old is struggling with dysgraphia and possibly dyslexia so this will help him read more efficiently.
We Choose Virtues- This will be geared towards my litter ones.
We use the YWAM audiobooks, Amy Carmichael has been on all of this week multiple times. These double as history and geography.
We will continue using Teaching Textbooks (4th grade and up) and Life of Fred (lower levels) for math.
Let’s end with this-
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
If you are homeschooling already or if you have taken up the challenge to let this be the last day of your children’s outsourced education, let’s remember to be strong and courageous! We are raising world changers, shepherded diligently by our side, trained for the day of battle when they must leave our sides and bring the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all of the world! Perhaps it is to and office or perhaps the 10/40 window. Whatever it is let’s spend this day training them to be heroes, teaching them that playing it safe is rarely good for our faith!
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