“Homeschooling is not about academics.” This is something that echoed the halls of The Teach Them Diligently Conference this past May. I’ve shared before how that was not something that I’d considered before and the changes I’m making this year with that in mind. Today I want to share why I feel like discipleship is the most important goal that all parents (homeschooling or not) should have for their children.
No where in the Bible does God tell us that the goal of homeschooling (or parenting) is to have children that make straight A’s and end up at Ivy League colleges. The Bible does tells us to train our children in the ways of the Lord. I read about how we should be teaching our children about God when we sit in the house, lie down, and get up. My bible even tells me that the most important thing we can do is love God and our neighbors. None of those things is about academics but all of them are about discipleship.
There are many reasons that I have chosen to homeschool my boys. But the main one is that I have felt the call to discipleship and feel that having them at home with me is the best way I can answer that call. It’s the reason that I continue to homeschool even when it’s hard. It’s also the reason that I learned to start each homeschool year and planning session off with prayer.
I know that this journey won’t be easy but I know that if I hold to God and stay the course we can accomplish great things for the kingdom. What about you? Have you answered the call to discipleship? Are you ready to go to battle for the Lord?
Katniss Everdeen should have nothing on a mom with her quiver full of godly arrows. I’m preparing for this battle by covering my boys in prayer everyday. We are digging into God’s word together to learn more about Him and His plans for us. Our first day of school Bubba read the scriptures for our morning devotion and Chubba covered our entire school year in prayer. Bubba has begun talking with him about the different things God may have gifted him to do. “Mommy I love dancing. I wonder how I can use it to tell people about Jesus.” This is what it’s about friends! This is what homeschooling is really about.
The Virtue Training
I’m always on the look out for tools to help me disciple my boys. Last year I learned about the Child Training Bible. I cannot even begin to tell you how this tool changed the way that I disciplined my boys. The CTB really helped me teach my boys what God says about our sinful behavior. Being able to flip to a scripture on anger during a moment of rage for Bubba was so helpful. It also helped us learn to ask for forgiveness from God and for help to do better.
As helpful as the CTB was for me I found myself wishing that there was something like it for encouraging the “good stuff” in our children. Well there is. Mindy and her husband have put together the Virtue Training Bible. The VTB is a great tool for learning more about the Lord and how we can live a life pleasing to Him.
We are going through each of the 42 virtues one at a time as a family. I usually read through and SOAP several of the verses in each section on my own. After that I will choose 5 verses to study with the boys during the week. It takes about 5 minutes before they go to bed. I also pray the different scriptures over them while the sleep or after a discipline session.
For example, last week Bubba was having some issues with telling the truth. We looked up the lying tabs in our CTB and then I spent some time going over the Honesty tabs in the VTB. I love the balance with the two tools. God’s word is about correction but it’s also about love, encouragement and grace. And the VTB is not just for the kids. I often pray/meditate on scriptures for myself when I’m struggling.
This post and many are part of the Teach Them Diligently Summer of Homeschool Encouragement Link Up Series. you can read more about discipleship in other homeschool families here.
I was given a free Virtue Training Bible Kit to review and one to share with one of my readers.