Why I am so thankful that we Homeschool
by Mrs. Robin Brookshire
When I first learned about homeschooling it was so scary and intimidating. I tried to avoid it like the plague, but I am so glad that the Lord had other plans for us. He took away our fear and gave us faith to enter the world of homeschooling. I like to think of it as entering into “the promised land”. It has been a world of growth in character and in the knowledge and understanding of God’s word. It has been a time for our relationships to grow strong as we learn to love, forgive and serve each other. Oh, and to help with the character building, we threw in some Algebra and Latin for good measure.
Here are 7 reasons I am thankful to homeschool:
1. My daughters have not spent 8 hours a day, 180 days a year, for 12 years totaling 17,280 hours of their lives sitting under the teaching of a system that says there is no God. (Exception - Breezy was in government school for 1 ½ years.) Psalm 14:1 says “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good.” I know there are those special teachers out there and those special schools that may be just wonderful, but if they teach evolution as fact and don’t teach the fear of God, then refer back to Psalm 14:1.
2. My daughters have not spent those 17,280 hours listening to the blasphemous teaching of evolution, secular humanism or Marxism. And because they have not been indoctrinated in evolution they understand, by God’s grace and mercy, that they have been created in the image of God, wonderfully and fearfully made, and regard life as precious.
3. My daughters have not had to spend the majority of their lives under peer pressure in the government school’s style of socialization. We have had our share of the “S” question, “What about socialization?” My response to this socialization question is, “Do you think that all of mainstream America is well socialized? Are our prisons full? Do you only associate with people your own age? Are the majority of American families strong and doing well? Are people marrying and staying married? Is violence a problem in this country? Are the lives of innocent ones protected and treasured?” Oh, and one last question: “Where have the majority of these people received their education and their socialization?” Proverbs 13: 20, says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
4. My husband and I have been blessed to teach our daughters diligently the words of God when we sit in our home, when we are going about our day, in the mornings, and in the evenings. Guess what that does? It makes you learn more about God’s word yourself!! This isn’t just about the children. By giving this commandment to teach your children in Deuteronomy 6:5-7, God knows that the parents are going to have to be studying His word too! I love that. “Parent-led home-based discipleship” gets both the parents and the children involved. Being with them throughout the day has made me have to be transparent before them. You can’t hide sins from people that you are with all the time.
5. My daughters have been able to grow in wisdom in a protected environment. They have also been able to grow in their gifting and talents. Proverbs 22:6 talks about training our children in the way they should go. The Lord has blessed each of us with definite bents and it is our job to search them out and train our children in who God has called them to be. This is not about going against the biblical teaching of male and female rolls, but encouraging them to use their talents in biblical ways that bring glory to God.
6. I love being with my daughters. At 18 and 16 years old they are a blessing to be around. That teenage myth thing is, well, a myth. Because of “parent-led home-based discipleship” we have been able to train them to be respectful, responsible, and to love the Word of God and their family.
7. Because of the fruit that I have seen in our girls and our family and knowing where we have come from, I am convinced that homeschooling really is from the compassionate hand of a merciful God, drawing our family closer together and teaching us all by His grace to serve Him better. May He receive all the glory! (Romans 9:15)
Tomorrow you will have a chance to read the perspective of Robin's daughters as they share with us their homeschooling experience.Sarah Mae's Recommended Resource: Educating The Wholehearted Child, by Sally Clarkson
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