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Reflections

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Corinthians 3:5).

As my eight-year-old son and I observed the craters on the moon for science class, his simple observation of the moon’s reflection left a profound teaching on both our minds.

“Mom,” he asked. “The moon really has no light of its own, does it?”

“No,” I replied. “It simply reflects the light from the sun. If the sun was gone, the moon wouldn’t shine either.”

Thinking deeply, he looked at me and said, “That’s the same way we would be without Jesus.”

Amazed at his understanding of the two concepts, I answered, “Yes, that’s right honey.”

As homeschooling parents, we like to think that we are the ones who teach our children.  But anyone who has homeschooled for more than a few years knows this fact: apart from Christ, we are totally inadequate to teach our children.  No college degree, teaching certificate, or earthly intelligence can prepare you to teach your children the right lesson at the right time or how to incorporate into your lesson the true wisdom that comes from God.  Like the moon without the sun, we have no understanding on our own to impart the truths that will forever change our children’s lives.

However, the good news is that you have Christ, the “Light of the world” in you (John 9:5).  Not only are you filled with His presence for teaching your children, but you also have the ability to reflect God’s love to others by shining hope and encouragement into a very dark world.   Just as Moses needed his shining face veiled after being with God (Exodus 34:29-35), your challenge as a homeschooling parent is to live in close obedience to God to reflect His light into your family and the world. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:1-2).

Lord, let me reflect Your love and wisdom as I homeschool my children. Reveal any sin in my heart that would block Your light from shining in my life. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

AOP Homeschooling Devotions

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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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