Why are YOU homeschooling?

I recently joined the Student of the Word Yahoo group! It can be found here. 0-StudentsoftheWord What a blessing it has been to me already! One of the many godly ladies there, who has been homeschooling for 14 years, challeneged us to come up with as many reasons as possible for why our family is choosing to homeschool. The catch is we have to have scripture to back up each of our reasons! Wow! What a challenge! I must admit that I have not done this yet! Will you join me in this challenge? I’d love to see what each of you that are homeschooling/soon-to-be homeschooling come up with!

Following are the reasons this wonderful lady gave!

Our Family Homeschools…

for the glory of God.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31

to teach our children that God is Creator.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13, 14

to spend every waking moment we have teaching our children to love the Lord their God with all their heart and soul and strength.

“The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9

to teach our children that Scripture thoroughly equips them for every good work.

“…from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17

to teach our children that if we seek God first and His righteousness, God will take care of all our needs (including academic needs).

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33; and see Daniel, chapter 1

to teach our children the fear of the Lord.

“Fear the LORD your God and serve him.” Deuteronomy 10:20

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7

to serve God.

“…as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

to train our children in righteousness AND in life skills.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

to discover the gifts and talents God has bestowed upon our children, and to direct lessons toward building up those gifts and talents, thus encouraging our children to be good stewards with them.

The Parable of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30.

Also, just as spiritual gifts need to be fanned into flame, so, too, do gifts bestowed upon us during our physical formation by God.
“fan into flame the gift of God.” 2 Timothy 1:6

as an act of obedience to God, Who has directed our family to homeschool.

“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.” I Samuel 15:22, 23

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