Thursday, August 13, 2009

God's Command. We follow.

So Ben and I have went back and forth on the "homeschooling issue" for a long time. Do we don't we do we don't we. And even after making our decision i still question it. However, there are times that God's voice is clear and we must listen and so listen we have. We feel that God has told us to homeschool our children this year. I'm not looking for an argument nor am i looking to be judged, but there are a ton of good and positive things that come out of homeschooling. There are also ton's of great things that come out of regular schooling.

There is however something that has stuck out to me for a long time. I see the school and have heard it re feared to as a "battle zone". I see the need for our children to be light in the dark I can't see sending my Kindergartner and my 1st grader into a battle field unarmed. As we do arm our children at home with the word of GOd i was starting to see that in the morning i have maybe an hour before they are headed off to school and then when they get home about 4 hours to really pour into their life's. ( in-between bath, dinner and homework or activities ).To me i found myself frustrated more because they were hungry and tired and they seemed to be getting in more trouble and there wasn't much shaping going on.esus says, in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing, but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Our young children are very impressionable. How can we expose them to the world, to the point of saturation, before they are adequately trained to withstand the pressures and temptations, only to be trampled underfoot?

Above all else, we feel it is our God-given duty and responsibility to teach and train our own children. God’s written Word has quite a bit to say about this responsibility. As parents, we are given stewardship over our children (Psalm 127:3) and are accountable to God. I will answer to my God regarding how my children were raised, not the government or anyone else, since it is my sole responsibility.

In Deuteronomy 6:7, just after we are commanded to love the Lord, with all our heart, soul and might, parents are told to “teach (this command) diligently to your children, and 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 up.” In Proverbs 6, we are told to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it (the right path)”. And Ephesians 6:4 instructs fathers to “not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” God has given us, as parents, specific instructions. He expects us to spend a very significant amount of time with our children, throughout the course of every day, teaching them and training them.

Here is a great article for more reasons.

Do i think that this task is going to be easy. uh no. But if God has called us he is already there waiting for us.I have many other reasons but i think i've said enough.

Connor is turning 4 in October and will begin Kindergarten lessons. He will stay there until he can move on and knows the things taught to him.

Connor will be doing
Sticky Situations Devotions
Precious In His Sight ~ Bible Class
A Reason For Handwriting K
Before the Code ~ Phonics
K ~ Hooked On phonics

Madalynne will be doing
Sticky Situations
God's Promises ~ Bible Class
Hooked On phonics
Explode the Code
A reason for Handwriting
Math U See
Early Childhood Health and Saftey
Singapore Schience

We will also be reading all American classics, visiting landmarks, field trips, experiments and nature walks and much more.I can't wait for this year to begin!!! Thank you Jesus for trusting me with such an awesome opportunity... to raise my kids in the fear and the knowledge of your loving hands!


  1. Well put. I couldn't have said it better myself. I strongly believe you will never look back and say "Man, I wish I didn't homeschool my children". I count it as a true blessing to homeschool my children and love every minute of it.

  2. You can do it! I'm sure you've got lots of support.

  3. I am so excited about your journey this year! I'm sure both you & I will learn a lot this first year of full-time homeschooling. I know I don't regret a minute of bringing Dean home last year and we are all looking forward to homeschool for all 3 big kids this year....for many of the reasons you mentioned and a miriad of others. Praying for you- Tami

  4. Rachel,
    Its Dalaina. I know you dont like me or probley my advice but homeschooling is a great idea.My sister in law, homeshooled both of my two nieces. Both are college graduates with high honors and are nurses over at Gyensis hospital!! If I could homeschool Jay and Ethan I would!! It is a good oppertunity!