Friday, August 28, 2009

Various Thoughts on Teaching our Children

Hubby and I were talking before church about how it 'used to be' different in public schools.  Coming from a small town in TN, we still had prayer over the intercom - prayer groups and Bible clubs.  Most of the teachers had a reverence for God and/or morals.  Today, those kind of men and women are far and in between. 

Church tonight was wonderful!  Pastor preached for a while and talked about how we can't go back on God!  Towards the end he started talking about when he grew up in school, how they PRAYED, you could talk about God and the teachers cared for the students and had morals!  Then he contrasted it with today - he talked of how they have taken the spirituality out of the schools and look what we have now and what kind of kids those schools are producing!  Not just tonight but last week's Bible study, Pastor had spoke on teaching our children about God at home. 

It is either, my mind is so much on school now that I'm noticing the increase in talk about teaching children or that God is urging His people to speak up about it!  Times have changed and people need to wake up and honestly ask God if what they are doing with their children is really what God wants and do they have scripture to support sending them to the God-hater/homosexual/liberals to be taught?

God can protect our children but at the same time we don't just throw them in the lion's den, do we?  I think once my daughter is well established in the Bible and we have taught her the precepts of God (like he commands) - she will make her choice one day but she won't be able to say that we didn't teach her about God and what the Bible says!!  My hands will be clean - I made that promise to God years ago and he opened my womb and gave her to me and that is why I'm so careful as to each aspect of her life.  I want to raise Godly seed for my Lord!  I may be raising the wife of a future leader of God!  Who knows what God will use her for.  I've prayed for her since before she was born - that she would get saved early in her life and do something great for God and that the Lord will give her a wonderful, honest, faithful, Godly husband one day.  I still pray that. 

The verse God gave me when he opened my womb is a verse, in which, he was speaking unto Abraham, but through the Holy Spirit, God spoke it to me as he reversed my sterile womb and gave me a child to raise up for Him:

Gen 18:19

"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment"

God let me know he knew me that I would teach her right and I won't let God down!!  Oh, to be a tool in the Master's hand!  I couldn't ask for a greater calling but to raise children for the Lord!  I'm almost getting into my next post on Motherhood, so I better stop here lol.

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Mama Erin said...

I have to share with you what a dear friend said to me when I recently told her we are expecting again, "Children are a blessing, they are the only earthly treasure that we can take to Heaven with us. We just have to show them the way."
Thats so beautiful.

We have just completed our first full week of lessons and are having so much fun. Did you ever decide on a curriculum?

Also, I remember my teachers having a Bible on their desk and using it as 2 Tim 3:16-17 says. But as I grew older that became very rare and by highschool some of my teachers didn't even believe in God.
This is the first year that I am homeschooling so many of my children - I would NOT have wanted SOME of their public school teachers to pray with them - I'm not sure who they would have been leading them to prayer to. Its scary to think of the influence strangers can have on our kids.

I'm so thankful that God has let us continue to educate our kids at home - even on the bad days (Tuesday was horrible!) I have no second thoughts. But please continue to encourage like you do - I know someday we all need all the encouragement we can get.

Thanks Bev!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thank you for sharing that Erin! :) I'm going to do a post with each subject and what we chose this year for my daughter soon! I've literally spent hours daily for the past 2 weeks reading, researching, writing lists and then changing my mind a few times haha. But finally, I've found the way that I believe God is leading us in and will share that when I have time to do that post. Thanks again for the comment and glad you are encouraged!


DONNA said...

Very interesting, Bev. Too bad I don't have children to teach. I wouldn't want to send them to public school either.

Crissy said...

Bev, I know exactly what you just went through. I thought I had out curriculum settled, then I changed my mind. I've spent every spare moment on the computer trying to decide. Finally I sent in my order last night and it feels good to know I made the right choice and that we'll be getting our stuff in a week or so. I don't remember prayers over the intercom, was that elementary school? I do remember the more generic "moment of silence". :) I doubt they even have those anymore. I love to read your posts about God's call to educate our children. I'm just (or almost) as passionate about homeschooling, but I'm not nearly as eloquent as you are!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comments Donna and Crissy! :) ~Bev

candy said...

I couldnt agree more! I went to a "Christian" school for high school but there wasnt much Christian about it at all, sadly. They even had a "smoking scection" outside the school for the students that smoked during recess times. Crazy hey!
Im soooo glad that I am homeschooling!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comment Candy! :) ~Bev

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