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Should YOU Homeschool Your Children?

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Remember, please:
I don't know — but God does. If your heart is bent on pleasing God, you cannot make a wrong decision. Now let me ask you some more questions to help refine your thoughts. What are you reading in Scripture that is stirring you up to homeschool? Got a verse that just constricts your heart with conviction? I didn't.

However, I did have an uneasy feeling that my time with our kids was spinning out of my hands; that others got to enjoy their company. And I was "worried" about academics. Not very spiritual, huh?

Then, I began asking those women, who had formerly been the butt of some of my jokes, why I should not homeschool. "Don't tell me why I should homeschool," I said, "Tell me why I shouldn't homeschool."  To a woman, about ten women said: "Don't homeschool if you are unwilling to lose control of your time."

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  .A good education begins in the heart, not the brain; for it is God who sets the heart at peace so the mind can pursue wisdom.                              ( Deut. 6:6-7,    Prov. 4:23)

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Now I gotta tell you — I had just gotten my youngest into full-time school and I was getting "a LIFE." Ladies' Bible studies, ladies' lunches, uncomplicated strolls through the grocery store aisles — even one or two uninterrupted conversations with my husband were mine. I also have to confess: I am not DOMESTIC! I am not too fond about the confusion that comes with children. I don't play games, dress-up or enjoy little league. Plainly put: I battle self-centeredness and an overwhelming urge for my OWN space, and peace. "Mother of the year" is never a title someone would associate with my name!

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But the dearness of these little ones that God gave me seemed to be evaporating into the school schedule! We could also see the onset of academic troubles. Our eldest child is and was a handful —intellectually, spiritually. Then I found out our youngest also was equipped with unique challenges, totally different, but just as tricky! And those dear saints at the school were trying to teach dozens just like them.  About this time, I read in some homeschooling guru's treatise on the joys of homeschooling, all of which attracted me, like a DUMB moth is to a flame, that on the average, our children experience about 1 ˝   minutes of the classroom teacher's personal attention. One and one-half minutes? Even I could give the kids more than that!

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  . A heart at peace is not idle, but eager to know its Creator and eager to discover and take his or her place in the created world. This person who pursues God pursues learning.    (Num. 15:39-41, Ps. 37:4)

 

 

 

 

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So, I prayed; my husband, who was not wildly enthusiastic about homeschooling, prayed — for almost six months. God only kept fanning the desire to be with the children He gave us on loan. And no, I did NOT have a CLUE what I was doing.


The first couple of years were tough. I will spare you the gory details. However, I will tell you what my friend, an older sister in  Christ, but younger than I, said when I wondered if I should chuck homeschooling. She reminded me that I would always be responsible for the training of their characters, no matter where I placed my children —always. Character training is what I would give an account of before Christ: character training, not algebra or fine arts. A light dawned: was I telling our kids what I knew about God?

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     An anxious heart does not have time to reflect on God or seek His will. Because time is always running out and the opportunities for success are escaping, this person always pursues information, but cannot understand it.            (Matt 13:13-15)
Gary Cox, superintendent of Walkersville Christian Family Schools, says: "Home is where they learn the greatest lessons . . . The goal of home schooling is to release children into the world prepared, to stand for Christ. The point of home schooling is not academics. The point of home schooling is to develop a spiritual heritage."
So, should you homeschool your children? First figure out where you can best develop a spiritual heritage in the Lord. Where's the BEST place to do that? (Homeschooling is not necessarily the only place to do this — so, NO guilt trips if God has calls you to choose another education tool, like traditional schooling!) Wrestle with how you are doing what God requires of parents. *IF* HE calls you home to educate your kids in
the ABC's — He will redeem your time, strengthen your marriage — and even tell you it is time to log -off the Internet because you have homework to do!

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     Useful information is locked up in books until the wise man or woman tries to understand the origin of knowledge. "And all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart."                 ( 2 Chronicles 9: 26)

 

 

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After learning the hard way Who was in charge of our home education program, I learned that God teaches me so that I can teach his children. Through homeschooling, I have developed some opinions about education. When you look up the passages ask God to teach you about learning and about teaching. Look up the references; do word studies, and personalize the warnings and blessings, confident that if God called you homeschool, He will support your decision!

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     A well-educated person is one who has the humility and courage to ask God for direction and instruction to become wise.                (Deut. 4:29, 2 Chronicles 9:23,       2 Chr. 12:14)
Our homeschool adventure was not what all those catalogues promised! We learned many lessons in and out of the textbooks. God gave us the remarkable privilege of overseeing our son and daughter's preparatory schooling at home and watching them grow. God also has allowed our two children to watch their parents grow up a bit. The Lord nurtured our relationships while teaching all of us that He delights to instruct both children and their parents. He gave us all an appetite for learning. He accomplished through us what we could not do on our own, and what others could not do for us.

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If you wonder about bringing - or keeping - your kids home, LISTEN carefully for God's voice. He will direct you in the midst of all the good advice you are receiving, mine included. If you have doubts, ask Him to give you His direction. Then do the very next thing, OBEY Him. The Creator of the Universe, who is your heavenly Father, is more than able to direct your steps to the books your kids need to read to be "educated." And, He is also the One who can shape your children's hearts and minds to obey Him and get real wisdom. So, take all the time you need to decide about homeschooling, but hurry up. Consider praying through some Scripture, like Deut. 6:1-9, and tell God you and your husband are willing to do whatever HE tells you.

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    A good educator is one who believes wisdom lessons are vital and so prepares a message worth learning.          (Deut. 4:9, 29, 39; 11:19-21)

 

"Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today,
which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the
words of this law. For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your
life. And by this word you shall prolong your days in the land, which
you are about to cross the Jordan to possess." (Deut 32:46-47)

©Barbara W. Smith

For more of Barbara Smith, Co-author with Doug Smith of Lord, Teach Me That I May Teach, visit their site at
http://www.chfweb.com/smith/

7    . A good educator trusts the Supervisor for sufficient support."For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His . . . "              (2 Chr. 16:9)
 

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