It's an "A-ha" moment kind of day. The things that I have known to be true but for some reason today, slapped me upside the head!
Homeschool (noun): Education at home. Life altering. Mind Boggling.
Character building. Lesson giving. Roller coaster riding. God controlling.
Homeschool = My own personal, spiritual bootcamp...
It doesn't matter if our children go to school at home, at public school, private school or online school. They just need to be educated. I won't even touch the topic of what school is best because I believe we are "best". We can send our children to whatever school to learn but if we disconnect from them they are lacking. We are what they need everyday.....EVERY SINGLE DAY! Here's where my light bulb turned on today and I had the "A-ha" moment....
We were sitting at the table reading our Bible study in Hebrews (which I don't do everyday with them). As I was sharing with the boys that Jesus is our High Priest and the sacrifice for us all....once and for all....I was struck. What if I never sat down and shared that Truth with them? What if I just glanced over that? What if through homeschooling I was more concerned about their grades, their test scores, accomplishing a certain amount of lessons a week? What would their adult life look like if we looked back and I had spent more time doing their homework than teaching them God's Word? The thought makes me cringe because that is the TRUTH in our lives right now!! I do spend more time worrying about their reading abilities and their homework getting completed than how well they know their Savior. I do spend more time watching movies with them than I spend time showing them how to hide God's Word in their hearts. Oh my.....a light bulb moment and a two by four conviction!!
"My Son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God."
Our family loves the Lord. This is Truth. I am not saying that we shouldn't watch movies with our kids or be concerned about their grades. That is all important time spent. But what IF we as parents put that same effort and energy into teaching the God's Word....His very breath?? Wow! We can't show our kids who God is simply by living it out. We have to speak it out too!
Let us never grow weary of doing this. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9... Let us buckle down, dig in and speak the Truth to our precious little ones that God gave to us. I guarantee that when we stand before Almighty God one day, He will not ask us if our children were straight 'A' students.....He will hold us accountable to what we taught them.
Oh precious friends. Dig in and dish out!! :)