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Obedient Love

Homeschool disciplining would be easier if, like new clothes, our children came with a label.  Directions would clearly state whether to use hot (spanking), warm (time out), or cold (grounded) water and when to line dry (take away privileges) or tumble dry (extra chores/community service).  Unfortunately, our children don’t come with wash and wear tags. We must rely on the Lord’s wisdom to guide us when correcting and instructing our children in obedience.

Since all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), teaching our children to be obedient is a big part of a homeschooling parent’s day. Training in righteousness falls on us, and we must teach our children to embrace the truth of Ephesians 6:1: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” However, building this godly character trait takes time. As homeschooling parents persist in their disciplining efforts, children eventually learn to be obedient both to their parents and the Lord.

Christian parents must also learn to be obedient to the Lord. We may say we love the Lord, but often we fail to prove this love with our actions. Like a rebellious child, we pout, talk back, and demand our own way. God gives us the example of obedience in His Son: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Will you seek to show your true love for the Lord by obeying and doing what He asks? “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21).

Lord, help me to honor you by doing what you have asked of me.

AOP Homeschooling Devotions

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Where Is Your Arena?

In Hebrews 11:1-24, all these people who had great faith, their arena was their home!  It’s more important to live by faith at home than it is at church!  Faith is what allows Gods people to know the truth.  If I am a person of faith at home, it is extremely impactful.  Don’t allow your godly heritage to stop with you!  It’s not about making our kids DO WHAT IS RIGHT, but making our kids WANT to do what is right.

Joshua chose WHOM his children would serve. When looking at a man or a pastor, examine what kind of kids he has and you can determine the FAITH & INTEGRITY of that man of God!  Evangelist Bill Rice III

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What’s In Your Closet?

Something to ponder: If we think our past won’t creep up into our present lives and multiply, just set and watch. Just because we’ve covered our sin and not dealt with it, doesn’t mean it’s gone. Children WILL WEAR what’s in their parents closet!

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What is Your Parenting Style?

Do you have a solid plan on how to teach & train your children, or are you a “slap-it-together” parent?  A little duct tape here & there . . . left over parts & pieces to complete a repair?  Or are you willing to give them the whole truth from the Word of God, something fresh that can restore them to new life?

There is hope for the x, y, me, I generations.  Start by telling your teenager, “I desire to stand beside you & walk with you in life . . . but make no mistake; I will stand in front of you when I need to.”

A simple answer is to say things like, “No” & “Maybe” more often; & we need to apply boundaries & consequences when our kids cross over the line.  Balanced parenting is applying strength when needed & tenderness at the same time.  It is not just one or the other, it is both.  The essence of balance in parenting is to stand beside our children & walk with them  THROUGH life, while also determining to stand in front of them when we need to stop them from their foolish ways.

Speak softly & gently to your offspring.  Strangely, children seem to remember the tone & volume of a mother’s voice more than her words.  Your facial expression & body language convey to your children, “You are my delight & I’m crazy about you!” or just the opposite!  Soft words heal tender hearts.  The life you live today, produces the legacy you leave for tomorrow.

Our children are a PIECE of time, that we are sending ahead to a PLACE in time, that we will NEVER see!  How are you parenting them today that will prepare them for the future?  Are you making straight tracks for your children to follow?

Parents cannot pass along what they themselves do not possess in their own hearts.

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Rescuing Only Prolongs

Do not rescue your child from a cross that God has set up to bring them to the end of themselves.  If you do, they will NEVER experience the mighty hand of God and HIS deliverance, and will only prolong what the Lord is purposing to do!

Many times we hinder the Lord’s work, by getting in the way trying to help . . .  as if HE needs our help.  Open your clenched fists, giving your children to the Lord.  They’re better off in HIS hands anyway.

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