Part 5 - Notes from Homekeeping & Homeschooling Book

Chapter 9 - A Hospitable Home

  • Genuine Hospitality - True hospitality consists of who you are and not what you have.  When you are hospitable, you are obedient to the Lord. Romans 12:13  GUEST = Give Graciously, Understand Usual Needs, Educate for Etiquette, Simplify Your System, Take Time
  • Give Graciously - Cultivate a gracious and joyful heart that is focused on others.
  • Understand Usual Needs - Anticipate your guests' requirements.  Plan ahead so you can actually spend time with your guests rather than continually excusing yourself for meal or snack preparations.  Look at your home from your guests' perspectives to understand what they might require for comfort.
  • Educate for Etiquette - Teach children table manners before having guests over.  The most important rule of etiquette is always to think of the other person's needs.  Do what makes someone else comfortable.
  • Simplify Your System - If you keep it simple, you will want to have guests often.  Don't replace the JOY of friends with the JOB of entertaining.
  • Take Time - Show our children a picture of loving others by bringing them into the intimate parts of our life - into our homes.

Chapter 10 - Finishing Well

God is faithful - the outcome is down the road!

  • Our Part - Four principles for finishing well = Pray, Plan, Pool Your Resources and Persevere.
  • Pray - Stay close to God if you want to finish well.
  • Plan - Good planning helps us balance more effectively.
  • Pool Your Resources - Pool your resources with other like-minded home educators.
  • Persevere - God will teach you to make wise use of your precariously short time.  He teaches you to yield to the Holy Spirit, who brings your daily life under control and produces a life that brings honor and glory to Him.  Desire the Lord Himself above everything in your life.

Devotion: Pray for the Lord to draw you back or to draw you closer to Him.  Ask Him to show you the things that are causing you to drift away.

*Base your definition of "success" of homeschooling and homekeeping on the Lord's desires for you!

2 Chronicles 26:3-5
Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.

Proverbs 3:3-8
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

This concludes all my notes from the book: "Homeschooling at the Speed of Life."

Related: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4