Welcome to Day 2 of the Homeschooling Enrichment series!
Before we move on, I’d like to take a minute to talk about Homeschooling as a Ministry to our family. In order to do that I think we need to reflect on who we are in Christ Jesus.
You are a minister to your family: If you can’t tell by now, our 10 days of enrichment journey starts with you! Many of us may think of a minister as a pastor. A minister is defined as “One who acts under the orders of another or who is employed by another to execute his purposes.” Who is our employer? Whose orders are we acting under? Really there are 2 choices here: 1: our own and 2. God’s. Once we recognize that God has blessed us with these children and has given us the tools needed to complete the task at hand, the whole prospect is not so overwhelming.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 “And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
We are called as homeschoolers to minister to our children on 24/7 basis, if it helps we can consider them as disciples. As a homeschooler we can be challenged from all kinds of external and internal sources. We can doubt ourselves, compare ourselves and our children to others, get discouraged by daily trials, face criticism from family and friends. And we can pass that discouragement on to our children as well.
Think about Christ and His disciples. They were continually whining, complaining, and arguing over who was greater. Sound familiar? If your house is anything like mine, that describes it to a T! What was Jesus’ response to his disciples? Did He lose his temper and yell at them? No, He patiently explained, over and over and over again. He was training them, ministering to them, and encouraging them based on God’s Word.
God has placed these children in our care, not someone else’s. He has given them to us to train up in righteousness. No matter how many times we may fail, yell, be inconsistent in our discipline we can rest in the fact that God knows us! He did not make a mistake in giving these kids to us! He knows our strengths, weaknesses, and that we cannot homeschool without Him. We will fail if we are striving to complete this task in our flesh. We must have the Lord to lean on and to seek for guidance, support and strength. And sister, if you haven’t been dependent upon God before now, homeschooling will kick you right over to the other side where you will finally realize you can do nothing apart from Him!
As John 15:5 tells us “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
And the blessing for our abiding in Christ…”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
So…if we view our homeschool as a ministry to our family that will change our perspective. It’s not a daily burden, or a chore we need to complete before we can check our email. It is a ministry of love! Ladies (and gentlemen) we have the blessed honor of training up our children in righteousness 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Their bad attitudes during math are actually a wonderful opportunity for us to teach them about perseverance!
But…before we can carry out God’s love and vision for our homeschool, I think it’s important to remember who we are in God’s eyes and what our real purpose is in homeschooling our children.
As a minister to your family, what is God’s plan for you as a homeschooler and parent? Take some time today to remind yourself who you are in Christ. (I realize this is geared towards mom’s, but really can be applied to any parent.)
Is (Psalm 46:10)
Tries to impress others
Is controlled by an agenda (curriculum, schedule, etc)
Is controlled by the Holy Spirit: (Gal. 5:22-26) (Uses curriculum & schedules as tools for orderliness so she’s more free to follow the spirit)
Her self worth is found in her accomplishments (clean house, perfect kids, the perfect bulletin boards, etc.)
Her self worth is found in an accurate view of who she is in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:10)
Her peace is found in the “perfect” environment
Her peace is found in Jesus in the midst of any storm (Is 26:3)
She is discouraged by failure
Failure reminds her that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9-10)
She expects perfection from herself and others
She practices grace with herself and others (Eph 4:32)
She teaches her kids to be good
She teaches her kids to be Godly (Proverbs 22:6)
She is frustrated with her lack of spiritual fruit
She abides in Christ and bears much fruit (John 15:5)
She does things with her children
She builds a relationship with her children (Deut 6:6-7)
Her perspective is based on what is seen
Her perspective is based on what is unseen (Col 3:2)
She chooses quantity of activities
She chooses the most excellent Way (I Cor 13)
|Her kids may recall how busy she always is.||Her children rise and call her blessed. (Prov. 31:28)|
I know you’ve all read it before, but now might be a good time to revisit the Proverbs 31 woman
Stick around tomorrow for Day 3 of Homeschooling Enrichment where we’ll be talking about discipline!
Note: Some of the ideas from today came from an awesome bible study on parenting that my husband and I have just started which I’d highly recommend going through, plus it’s FREE online at “Parenting as a Ministry”.
Be sure to visit these brilliant women in this 10 days adventure between February 7th-18th! We love these ladies and we know you do too.