Sunday, September 04, 2011

Homeschooling with 4 Small Children ~ Part 1

      People ask me all the time  "How in the world can you possibly homeschool with 4 small children?" How can you get anything done?  The answer is... I can't homeschool 4 small children but God can homeschool them through me, when I am willing! I do not believe that everyone needs to homeschool, but I believe with all my heart that this is what God has called ME to do!  I am learning to stand on this promise:
2 Cor. 2:19 ~ But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness, Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses. so that Christ's power may rest on me."
     I have also learned that when I am in the flesh, I cannot do it and it is better for me to just stop the school day then and there, lest I teach my children the opposite of what am trying my hardest to teach them... how to have Godly Character! I often have to remind myself that I would rather raise children with Godly character than college graduates are who lacking in this area, and if that means I have to cut the school day short and let them play, so be it! 1 John 2:17 says this: "The world and it's desires will pass away, whoever does the will of God lives forever". Children who grow up to have Godly character will lead happy, fulfilled lives. God has shown me that I am more prone to homeschooling in the flesh when I put teaching academics at a higher priority than Godly character. If teaching Godly character is my highest priority, then I will consider the children watching my responses to adversity...when things don't go as planned, the toddler has a meltdown, or their failure to grasp a very simple concept etc. as part of their school and seize the opportunity to model Godly character for their education. I am so thankful that my mother had me memorize 1 Cor. 13 back when I was homeschooled. I sometimes have to mentally repeat verses 4-7 several times a day!

1 Corinthians 13 ~ 

The Greatest Gift
 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there aretongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

     The passage above says it all. I know that without living out the definition of love described for me in verses 4-7, that homeschooling my children is worth nothing. It even says in verse 8 that knowledge will vanish away! It is amazing the joy that homeschooling with 4 small children brings... when I choose to make Godly character and loving one another the primary goals of my children's education!

Psalm 16:11 ~ You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand! 

1 comment:

Leah-Joy said...

So many times I myself have went back that verse (2 Cor. 12:9) and it has been such a comfort to me and given me such determination! Thank you for sharing your heart and following what God put in your heart!