Even before I was born again I knew the schools were no place for a child. I knew that it was wrong and not just from a Biblical perspective either. My children were not going to be imprisoned for hours each day, I would not have them fed misinformation. The indoctrination agenda was not going to be a part of my children’s life. I will not have my child fed lies by the liberal agenda and unions that run the “schools”. I will not have my children treated as a number. I will not risk them being “left behind”.
Then I was born again and home education took on a whole new meaning for me. His Word came alive, it had all the answers. It made sense. There was no doubt as I read, in fact I admit I was a bit surprised as to how strongly His Word spoke on how we are to raise our children. I firmly believe that the Lord is very serious when He says that parents are to “train up a child…”. I look to Jesus for my example and I see how He was with His disciples every moment of every day. They were in the Word; they sat at His feet. What could be more important for my children than this?
As a Christian mother I take very seriously the commandments of the Lord. It is the eternal that matters most to me when it comes to my children. I need to know that they know Him for themselves and that they are in a place where He and His Word are the center of all that is taught. We need a Biblical Worldview. We need to experience Him in our lives; I do not want my children to follow Him simply because I do. If we cannot experience Him for ourself and see His hand in everything around us; if we do not understand what it means and how to truly live for Him, we have very little Truth. It truly is all about Jesus.
By homeschooling I know what my children are learning; we are together every day and I can be the shepherd to them that Jesus is to me. We grow together as we learn together. Every day we hide His word within our hearts, I pray that I am showing them what it means to be a child of God – LIVING and SHINING His light. We do not just read and memorize words on a page, but we search the scriptures and seek to understand them. We are gaining a greater understanding of His way so that we will be that good and faithful servants. We learn and love and embrace truth, while we seek to serve just as He did.
It is amazing how fast the years go by. Eighteen years seems like plenty of time to teach them all they need to know and yet, it goes too fast. In those years our children should be our focus and why would we want to share the little time we have with someone we know nothing about? We have been called to train up our children in the way they should go. This isn’t something we can do a little here and a little there, it is a full time job. Our children are so tender in spirit and they need to be cared for and protected, as Jesus provided for His disciples. Homeschooling is a blessing to them and to us, but it can only be done in faith.
When we made the decision to homeschool, we believed and at that moment we stepped out in faith. There was no way we could afford to be a one income family. Homeschooling materials were expensive, virtual school was not an option (virtual school is just public school at home after all; not really a choice when we want to get way from the system). We pondered and prayed; it was truly an answer to prayer, the many wonderful materials that came my way as we began our journey.
We use nothing but Bible-based materials, choosing to put God’s word at the center of ALL things. This does not mean that the other subjects are discarded. However, it does mean that our first objective is to raise Godly children in this world, not rocket scientists. It means that as we learn and explore new things, we are comparing it and searching His word, regarding the subject at hand. We are seeking to be obedient to His word, to test all things, so that we may give an answer for the hope that is in us.
“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26
God calls us to raise our children up for His service. I believe that children are a blessing from the Lord and that we need to treat them as such. As Christians, our purpose is to glorify and serve God, not ourselves. As we commit our homes to the Lord and sow God’s word into our children, we are confident that God will give each of us wisdom and reward those who seek His kingdom first with peace and unity in the home. Jesus’ last words before He ascended into heaven were ”to make disciples”, as Christian homeschoolers, we need to be obedient to the great commission and “make disciples” of our children. The home is the mission field for me. It is the only one that matters right now. There is so little time and there is much to learn.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:34
What is your homeschool mission statement?