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I am so excited to be a part of Homeschool Review Crew's Annual Blog Hop! Many of us from the Crew are taking this week to write about the topic "5 Days of Homeschool...". I have decided to write about "5 Days of Living the Bible in Your Homeschool"
This wasn't my original topic, but one Sunday in church this thought came to me that this was a needed concept in our homes as well as in our schooling. So here we go!
Living the Bible in Your Homeschool
What in the world does "Living the Bible" mean?
Let me back up just a bit and then maybe I can explain this. I grew up in a church-going family. My parents always made sure that we went to church as kids. They taught (and still teach) Sunday School as long as I can remember. When my sister and I were old enough, we even taught as well. We were all involved in our youth group and had friends at church. A couple of us even found our spouses at church.
Speed ahead to me being married for only a couple of months when my new husband tells me that he wants to go into the ministry full-time to be a youth minister. Surprise and shock! I had always been involved in church, but being a "minister's wife"...what? It worked out and we fit well into the "roles" we were to play. That sounds bad, but being "in the ministry" changes your outlook on the church and where you fit in the mix.
Jump ahead 16 years later (and 3 ministries later) and we are now "out of the ministry" and my husband has a different career now. We are still a "church-going" family and our oldest son and I even volunteer in a children's class (with my parents).
Why do I tell you all of this? It's because I don't see myself as ever "living the Bible". We have all heard of the dreaded "Sunday Christians" and no way do I want to be one of "those people" (please hear the sarcastic tone here). But, you know what? I think most of us are "those people". Gasp! Did I just say that. Yes. Yes I did.
Do we REALLY take those sermons and Bible study lessons home with us and live it out each and every day? My husband used to say that there is a "sermon sucking hole" out in the parking lot of the church and that's where all of the lessons that they "learned" while he was preaching got sucked down into. They all told him "good sermon" or "Wow! That really helped" as they were walking out the door, but then they didn't take it any further. Do we REALLY love our neighbors as ourselves? Do we turn the other cheek when our children make a snide remark? Do we REALLY live like Jesus?
I have to be honest - I don't. I float through life making decisions before I've prayed about them. I get irritated at my neighbor for letting their truck just sit there beside my house - and never move it. I snap back at my boys when they make an off-the-cuff remark about something. I don't live like Jesus.
Don't get me wrong. I do my best - just like you. But, I don't want to just "do my best". I want to live the Bible. I want those around me to see Jesus in me. I want people to see that there's something different about me and have them ask me about it.
That's what this series is about. Living out what the Bible says in our daily lives. Not just on Sundays or when others see us, but every single minute of every single day.
You know what I think it starts with? Look below.
Day 1 - Taking Time for Yourself
How does taking time for myself help me to live the Bible? If I don't take time for myself, I'm tired, I'm cranky, I'm irritated all before my children even come into the room.
Along with any parent, the life of a homeschool parent is busy.
We all know how important it is to take time for yourself, but we don't do it. Why? Because we think that we aren't important enough. You may be wondering what I'm talking about. Here's what I mean.
We fill our days with a to do list a mile long.
We are taking care of the children:
Teaching them, feeding them, clothing them, taking them to the library, sports practices, dances practices, music classes, museums, nature walks, etc.
We are taking care of the house:
Doing the laundry, cleaning, making meals, etc.
We are helping others:
Taking meals to those in need, taking the phone call to listen to someone who needs a friends, etc.
We are working:
Many of us have jobs where we have responsibilities to complete. This may be for pay or volunteer.
We wear many hats, sometimes more than one at a time:
wife, mother, teacher, nurse, counselor, referee, maid, cook, shopper, mender, hugger, etc.
I, by no means, am not saying that these things aren't important or necessary. They definitely are!
What does this have to do with "Living the Bible"?
This life that we have made for ourselves - it's too much. Too much by ourselves. Why do we think that we can't stop for just a few minutes to be by ourselves? Why can't we take some time to pray and get help from our Heavenly Father?
By taking time to stop, relax, and pray, that shows our children what living the Christian life really means. We are teaching them that we aren't doing this life by ourselves - we have help from our Heavenly Father. It is good for them to see that we value our relationship with our Savior enough to stop what we are doing and to pray.
We homeschool parents are with our children all day every day and some days seem longer than others. For introverts, like myself, this wears on us. I get re-energized when I'm by myself for a little bit. We all need it. So why do we think that we don't deserve it?
We have some pretty great examples of men and women in the Bible who took some time to get away from the crowd, pray, and to be with their Heavenly Father.
If Jesus took the time to get away and pray to His Father, why can't we?
Here's what I want you to do.
I want you to make a list of things that you do that help you to relax.
Do you like to:
take a bath
play games on your phone
Figure out what you can do to relax. Then choose a time and make sure that it happens. Make sure that during that time of relaxing, you pray. Trust me - it helps. It doesn't have to be this fancy smancy prayer. Just talk to God. Tell Him how you're feeling. Tell Him you don't know what to do next. Tell Him you're hurt. Tell Him you're happy. Tell Him whatever is on your heart - trust me - He can take it!
Don't make excuses.
Don't fill in that time with something else.
It should be a priority in our day just like meals and school are. I know that we will all be better parents and teachers if we will do this. Let's try it, together!
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