Tuesday, May 25, 2010

To know is to..... DO

Yesterday, I received back the results from our yearly standardized testing. My children are brilliant. (yes I am completely biased)   I am not sure why I need a test result to tell me my kids are brilliant....  I know they are learning everyday....  I guess it is just nice to have an outside, independent source say so.

I got to thinking about this very need for outside confirmation of things we already know.....  and I was a little disturbed by how frequently I could see myself clamoring for it in my own life.   How often do I know I need to do something, yet we have to call three friends and discuss it with them first, before I decide to do it?  How often do I KNOW what God's word tells me to do, but I have to ask others for their advice before I decide to follow God's?

I believe that teaching and training my children at home is a non-negotiable directive from God.  Yet how many times do I get caught up in the little things of life and get lost there.  God tells me to talk to my children every day, all the time, about HIM.  He tells me that HE is the most important thing for them to know about.  That truth needs to be applied to ME as well.  How can I teach, what I do not live?  How can I make choices on what to teach my children, when I do not involve God?  We are quick to ask discussion groups, consult every web page that comes up on my search engine..... ask family members who don't even share our view of homeschooling.... what they think about what we should do for "school".... all before asking God, and frequently leaving God out of the process completely.

It is the time of the year when many of us are searching for what we will use next year during our school hours.  I encourage you to join me in purposing time to be alone with God before you begin the process, as you are looking, talk over your potential choices with HIM first, and then when you are done, thank Him for helping you make God honoring choices.  We as women, wives, mothers and teachers, need to build God into our own lives, so we may build Him into all the lives he has given us to care for.

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