Thursday, November 26, 2009

Our Home

As you know I planned on taking the week off from blogging. Today however, circumstances made me turn back to my blog and I made a few posts. I was very hesitant at first, thinking to myself that I really want a week off, to figure out which direction Selena and I would go with our little school.

I found the following in my Email tonight from Daily Focus, Alpha Omega:

Fleshy Teaching
Thursday / November 26, 2009
Do you remember the day you decided to homeschool? You knew you needed to make a change in your child's education, but you had no clue how to get started. You felt helpless and utterly dependent on God's guidance and waited on His leading to know where to go and whom to talk to for advice.

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Now that a few years have passed, your dependence on the Lord has begun to wane. You're homeschooling more each day in your own fleshy effort, and you've forgotten about your total dependence on the Lord. Left unchecked, your homeschooling efforts are headed for a major failure without God's strength and wisdom for each day. "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD" (Jeremiah 17:5).
How would you rate yourself as a homeschool parent today? James 3:1 reminds us that teaching our children is a great and awesome responsibility: "My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation." The judgment that will fall on us as teachers is stricter than if we choose not to teach. Christ illustrated this point well to the disciples in Matthew 18:6: "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
What you teach each day influences and shapes your little ones. Be careful not to teach in your own efforts. Go to the Lord and ask for the Holy Spirit to give you the confidence of being in His will, instead of controlling things yourself. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zechariah 4:6).
Father, forgive me for homeschooling in my own strength. You have a perfect lesson plan for my children each day. Help me to seek Your face every morning in prayer, so I teach my children what they need to know. In Jesus' name, Amen.

As I read this I realized that I truly had gotten away from going to God for the wisdom of what He wanted me to teach Selena. Thus making our school a Fleshy School. We are going to start again on Monday, move out of our Fleshy School, and get back to what God wants us to learn. I know with every ounce of my belief that by doing this God will be in control, and He will have me teach what is important for Selena to learn. This being said, we are going back to Selena’s school, the one where Selena learns what interests her, and learns about the great world around her. Learns through her experiences, using all senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. She will explore God’s word, and learn to use it in everyday life. We will grow closer through God’s constant guidance in our schooling experience.

It is truly my prayer that Selena continues to be a bright little girl. I in no way am pushing towards a “Gifted” child, but since she is bright I want her to continue to want to love to learn. I want her to experience learning in all it’s forms, and have fun while she does.

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  1. Interesting! I also reevaluated our school this week, from the "fleshy" perspective, of course :) My post about it will come tomorrow.

  2. I too, have been trying to do this in our school within the last several weeks. It is very important to me that we incorporate God's teachings into our daily learning. As I do this, I have also been trying to make sure I spend more time myself on increasing my knowledge in God's word as well.

    Great post!