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Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

A New Perspective

Imagine going to a job each morning where you can set your own schedule. You arrive when you want, take breaks whenever you want, and leave for an extended lunch hour without anyone breathing down your neck. Answering your phone calls and emails is regulated to a minimum each day, and the work responsibilities and goals you have are varied. There is no dress code or security passes to wear around your neck, and no one cares if you eat at your desk or play your favorite radio station. Your boss is off-site, and you can manage your workload to best suit your needs. Your work is rewarding and exciting, and you usually see immediate results from your efforts. Wouldn’t we all love to have a job that fits this description? As a homeschooling parent, you do!

Many homeschooling parents get caught up in the fact that they never receive a paycheck like their working counterparts. However, if you look at the God-given task of teaching your children at home from a new perspective, you begin to see what a blessing the career choice of homeschooling is for you. So many drawbacks of the typical job do not relate to your world. You have the freedom to pursue your position in ways many parents who work outside the home never do.

Too many times in my years as a homeschooling mother, I failed to see the bigger picture of what God was doing in my life and the lives of my children. I needed to have my eyes opened like Elisha’s servant who saw the whole army of heaven around him (2 Kings 6:17). From God’s perspective, what you are doing as a homeschooling parent has long-lasting and eternal value.

As you homeschool today, picture yourself at the best job you could ever have. The grass is greener on this side of the fence, and your regular paycheck of hugs and kisses from your family is more rewarding than what any company can pay you. Enjoy the freedoms you have as a homeschooling parent and be the successful teacher God intended you to be! “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).

Jesus, what a wonderful opportunity You have given me! Not only do I get the blessings of being a parent, but You have also blessed me with an awesome career of being a teacher. Help me keep my eyes on You each day as I homeschool. In Your name, Amen.

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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.

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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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