(I will just note now that this is a post for fellow Christians. If you aren't one, this will offend you and is not an update about my family life so I will save you the time and emotions ;)
want to share something on my heart as we are learning to be resolved Christians, dedicated to the Lord and His will. (We are, aren't we???)
I want to assure you that I am not sharing any of this to be used by
the enemy to condemn anyone...so don't allow that to happen while you read!
I am sharing what God is speaking to my heart in this season. I
believe He is drawing all His children "back to the basics," in all
realms, to weed out the thinking that has become polluted by the world.
So ask God to open your heart to what He would have you see in this.
I have had it heavy on my heart to seek God as to why I do what I
do...in my Christian walk...in my daily life. Some main themes have
been arising over the last year:
Do EVERYTHING you do as if
you are doing it for the Lord (1 Cor 10:31) and whatever you do in word
or deed, do ALL in the name of the Lord (3:17). Do I? Is it for Him or
me? For others or for me? I'm not saying not to nurture yourself, as
you can only pour out if you are filled up. But, what is my innermost
motivation? And is everything I am doing somehow building up or is it
tearing down? In my opinion, whatever I do, anytime, anywhere is just
as important as what I do INSIDE the church building on Sunday. Some
believe it is okay to drink outside the church but not inside...or to
dance in other places but never in the church...or to enjoy music or
worship God with it outside the church but not inside. (I could go on
with many examples!) According to these verses though, it should be
EVERYTHING we do. Our lives and how we live them ALL THE TIME should be
an act of worship. If we shouldn't do it IN the church building, we
shouldn't do it because WE ARE THE CHURCH! (God is weeding out the
traditions of man that have been perverted and twisted, claimed to have
come from Scripture!)
Another heavy hitter this week...And now,
dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what
is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Phil 4:8).
What do I think on? Does it build me and others up in some way or tear
down? What do I read or watch? What spirits are behind those things?
God showed me I must beware what is not authored by someone IN Jesus,
for they are not ultimately inspired by Him. It is our duty to be
vigilant, be aware of how the enemy would creep into our lives and take
root...then drive our desires and get us to open doors. The enemy
doesn't usually attack obviously. It is usually sneaky and
sly...calculated and pointed...slow and strategic for our ultimate
destruction! Are you being fooled? Ask God to show you and then boldly
lay down anything He says to get rid of! (It's for your own good!)
Every spring/summer, I
begin to prepare for the next year of schooling. I seek God's plan for
my children. I don't assume I know what I should do, nor do I do what I
just "feel" like doing. I don't just send them off to school because
that's the "norm" in our society and neither do I continue to homeschool
because that is what we have been doing. I seek God's plan each year.
I am currently more convinced than ever that
homeschooling is the call for me and mine. But, even in that, am I
seeking God's plan or the state's plan? I have been burdened to look at
why I do what I do. I am heartbroken that for the first time in our
history in this country, the education skills of one generation will not
surpass, will not equal, will not even approach those of their parents!
The last 30 years have brought a dramatic decline in the quality of
education. Nearly 50% of adults are "functionally illiterate" and
cannot handle more than the simplest math skills. SAT scores have
fallen almost 80% since 1960. We are not increasing the knowledge
required on student's tests, but are lowering the results and
expectations! Parents and students are boasting in test scores thinking
they are scholars, deluded that they have received a well-rounded
As I have been praying and seeking, crying
out, "God there has to be more to this than just teaching to pass a
test..." He has led me to some eye-opening information. I have just
been reading a book called What Your Child Needs to Know When-According
to the State/According to the Bible by Robin Sampson (Heart of
Wisdom.com) Friends...I have just read about the history of education
since the beginning of written history and the fall from what God
intended to what we have become and participated in is sickening to say
the least. We have given in to ancient philosophy and worshiping the
created instead of the Creator!
We have gotten so far away from
what God instructed the Hebrew people to do in their families...with
the father being a PRIMARY DILIGENT TEACHER TO HIS CHILDREN. It is no
wonder that families and churches are falling apart (read Already Gone
by Ken Ham!).
We have got to wake up as Christians! We have
to get back to the MOST important things. We cannot serve both God and
money (GOD said it not me...so be mad at Him).
Why are we
doing what we are doing??? Are we living out lives that are driven by
God and His Word and His plan, or are we driven by the lifestyle we
want, think we need, or have gotten caught up in? How important is the
type of house, clothing, cars, etc... to us and the way we live our
Are the activities our children are involved in on
our priority lists because God has gifted them to further His kingdom
in that area or because everyone else is doing it or it is "just what
Did God call you to work or does your lifestyle
demand it? If He did call you to work, how did He tell you to be sure
you are still getting quality time with your children...time to teach
them His Word DILIGENTLY as He instructs?
Again, I am not
trying to make anyone feel bad so don't let the enemy use me that way in
your head okay! We are to share the truth God is revealing to us in
love. I know the amount of time I get with my children. I know the
reward and fruit I am seeing come forth in their lives. I know what is
going into them and who is influencing them because they are here with
me. I also know what they lack and where I see that they need training
and character adjustment! I know what they actually know from the
curriculum we are using and what they don't retain. But even with me,
WHY am I doing what I am doing and is it God's plan or of my own?
have found that I don't spend enough time teaching them God's Word and
wisdom and I let "school subjects" take precedence. I find myself in
the "worry" that I am not keeping up with the state standards, yet God
said to me, "Do I not know more than the school system!" OUCH!
He promises that IF I will acknowledge HIM in ALL my ways, HE will make
straight our paths. If I will keep my focus on what HE (not the state)
commands me to teach them, He will guide them and prepare them for HIS
plan for their lives. (Do I want His plan??? Do I really???)
Some questions the author asks in this book are pointed and
life-changing if one will meditate on them instead of become offended!
What happened in your past to prepare you for what God is calling you to
do now? Did you learn it from school? From your parents? From
church? From different situations? God uses ALL THINGS for HIS
good...and for the good of those who love HIM and are called to HIS
purpose. (Are we really about HIS purpose? Do we really love HIM more
than us?) LIFE is a classroom. Do you have an evaluation checklist
consisting of all the things that you have learned in your life to bring
you to a place to do God's will? If you do, I venture it's a prayer
list and not the state standards!
Are you convicted with me?
God doesn't reveal these things to us to make us feel bad and leave us
without hope! He graciously opens our eyes to where we can make changes
to experience His blessings most and to further the kingdom by bringing
the greatest glory possible to Him.
So today, I ask you to get
real and meditate on some hard things with me... Are you a humdrum
Christian...just coasting through life til you get the reward of Heaven?
Forget about the unbelieving sinners out there for a minute. Don't
compare yourself to them! Sinners act like sinners! I am asking, as a
child of the Most High, are you living your life as He said? Are you
doing all you do as unto Him to bring Him glory as Jesus did or have you
gotten wrapped up in "the way Americans do things?" Are you careful
what you put before your eyes and ears...or what spirits you let
influence you and your children through media sources? Are you vigilant
about how you and your children spend your time? Are you driven by the
almighty dollar or maintaining a certain lifestyle and neglecting
teaching God's Word to yourself and your children diligently?
I don't need your answers. I need to focus on what I need to change!
This is just for you and God to examine. As your friend though, I just
don't want to keep silent about what He is speaking to me and see you
blindsided by the ways of this world or the enemy who would steal from
Your destiny and those of your children depend on the
choices you make daily and by what you value most. Don't get lost in
condemnation here. Let God renew your mind and speak to your heart
about what HE wants you to do...to view...to participate in or refrain
Ask Him... show me how to live all my life as worship
to you Father! I believe it is in that place that you will find that
truly HIS yoke is easy and HIS burden is light, but the yokes and
burdens we put on ourselves by not doing things the way He intended
weigh us down and cause us extreme stress in our bodies, minds, and
Grace is a beautiful, undeserved gift we cannot
earn or pay back. It is salvation and ALL the benefits of being saved
from the curse and destruction. It is also the empowerment of God to
live the abundant life Christ died to give us. We cannot get lost in
feeling "bad" about what God says we need to change. We need to become
persistent...relentless...in our doing what we have heard...what He has
lovingly spoken. It really comes down to mediocrity or excellence. Oh
if you are in Jesus by His blood, you are "getting in" to Heaven, but
what has He called you to accomplish HERE before you get there? What
has He instructed you to do that will enable your kids or future
generations to be world changers and influencers? COME ON! DON'T
SLEEP! Your time is NOW! Don't live a life that you will look back on
and regret and say, "I should have done things differently."
Don't compare yourself to others either! Walk out YOUR walk!And
let me just add to those who would say, "Yeah, good for you teaching
your children yourself, but I don't have the patience." I DON'T EITHER
AND NO ONE DOES! Patience is fruit of the Holy Spirit in a believer's
life! It doesn't come natural! It is supernatural...above us as
pathetic humans and can ONLY be given by God! WE cannot manifest it in
and of ourselves, but He has given us tools to cultivate what He has put
into us. Patience is a benefit (a gift) as part of being saved by
Jesus. We can applyGod's
wisdom to grow stronger in it, but to say you don't have it and
therefore can't teach your own children is a cop-out in my opinion and
from my own experience. If God calls you to it, He equips you to do it...and He has called us ALL to teach our children day and night as we go through daily life with them. Problem is, many parents and children aren't spending their hours together anymore and don't even know one another. This leaves parents feeling like they are inept to teach their children anything and leaves children feeling prideful and wise in their own eyes and/or even fearful to allow their parents to speak into their lives.
The breakdown of the family as God created it is truly an epic fail!