This week the 4 Moms of Many are sharing some verses or stories that have encouraged us in our homeschooling journey.
The passage that explains both why we chose to home educate and dictates how we home educate is Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
There are many verses and passages that plainly explain God’s commands and desires for the education of His children. Knowing that God has placed the responsibility for the education of our children upon Mark and me encourages us that He has and will equip us specifically for that purpose.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ ~Phil. 1:6
Matthew 6:33 is another passage that has served as a guide to us as our children have gotten older and as outside pressure to live up to everyone’s (or anyone’s) standard has increased. And that pressure is immense in the circumstances that God has placed us. (We’ve had parents tell us that in order for children to be equipped to be leaders in today’s society they must receive a specific type of education that simply can’t be provided at home.)
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ~Matthew 6:33
So as we hear, “You must teach Latin.” “Parents can’t teach higher math/science.” “Our kid received this or that award, what are you doing? ” , etc. We simply pray to fix our eyes on Jesus, we pray to seek the kingdom of God first and we look to the Word of God to see what He says is important.
We’ve found that when we block out the chatter of the world and what they say is important or necessary for a ‘good’ education and instead turn to God’s Word as our standard, we are most encouraged.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Immerse yourself and your children in the Word of God, teach them to fear the Lord, tell them the great things He has done for you, teach them to stand firm on His Word and all these things will be added unto you.
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