Saturday, May 26, 2012

R.E.A.L. L.I.F.E. Homeschooling

Discover the LIFE God has for your homeschool!

R - Remember the Goal
     The Goal of education is discipleship – discipleship starts at HOME.
     Imparting your vision & your values onto your children.

E - Expect Opposition
     Spiritual Opposition
     1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
     roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"
     He is looking to devour us & our children! You CANNOT fight a spiritual
     battle with a carnal weapon. We must fight against the devil with prayer.

    Family Opposition
    When people question your decision to homeschool, there is no need to
     justify your decision. No one expects a fruit tree to yield fruit a few months
     after you plant it so you can't expect your homeschool to produce the
     effects you want immediately either.

     Friend Opposition
     You need to surround yourself with people who understand you, your
     dreams, & your values.

     Children Opposition
     Listen to your children, but remember that the responsibility of raising them
     belongs to you & you are accountable to God.

A - Adjust for Life
     Successful homeschoolers are flexible. Pregnancy, moving, illness, family
     needs, curriculum that doesn’t work, character training (more important
     than ABCs).

L -  Listen
     Listen for the Lord. Be in the Word. Joshua 24:15 "And if it seem evil unto
     you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether
     the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,
     or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my
     house, we will serve the Lord."

     Listen to your spouse.
     Listen to your children.
     Listen to Godly counsel Prov 24:3 "Through wisdom is an house builded;
     and by understanding it is established"

L - Let Go of Legalism
     Spirit filled homeschooling is not bound by legalism. Don’t add to God’s
     word. Be careful of becoming like the Pharisees – amazing on the outside
     & rotten on the inside. Be careful of becoming self righteous. Major in the
     majors & learn to recognize the minors. Legalism is taking our personal
     convictions & trying to force others into it.

I - Invest in What Matters Most
     Growing your personal relationship w/ God
     Nurturing marriage
     Discipling children
     Leading by example
     Psalm 127:4 "As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of
     the youth."

     I love the image of an archer! The goal of the archer is to load the bow, aim
     towards the target, draw the arrow into yourself, feeling the tension, hold
     your breath & wait. Then only after you are satisfied knowing that you have
     done everything you can possibly do to hit the target, release the arrow with
     the hopes of hitting the bulls eye.

F - Follow the Leader
     What was Jesus like as He lived His life before men?
     Matt 11:28-30 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I
     will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek
     and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is
     easy, and my burden is light."
     Being yoked with Christ doesn’t mean that we will not have a burden,
     but He will help us. It means finding rest

E - Enjoy the Journey
     The homeschool journey is just as much about you as it is about the kids.

Hopefully we will leave feeling lighter than when we came. Keep it REAL.

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