Thursday, December 10, 2009
Discipling Our Children?
Have you heard of this book?
If not, I would encourage you to find a copy and read it immediately (or as soon as you can work your way through it as it sits on the back of your toilet - where I personally get most of my reading done).
I am not all the way through it yet, so I will hold off on an official review - yet I'm enjoying it and feeling quite convicted as well. The author is obviously pro-homeschooling, yet often says that is not the ONLY way to go. Even if you aren't homeschooling, don't toss this book aside as I believe it has some great ideas, information and grounded Biblical teaching - regardless of your schooling choices.
One of the points brought up is how we spend our time. So many of us (myself included - that's for sure!) sorta mosey on through life, trying our best just to keep our head above water at times ~ we forget to be intentional with our time. Homeschooling does offer me a wonderful blessing in simply TIME with my kids. I'm with them at breakfast, during lessons and workbook time, teaching them chores, reminding them to pick up their clothes in the laundry room (AGAIN!), lunch time, computer time, play time, dress-up time, coloring & painting & cooking & crocheting & building airplanes out of legos. I get to lay them down for quiet time, read a book to them, help them dry their hair after a bath. I have to break up fights....many fights throughout the day. I need to feed them ~ *that's* a never-ending process, eh?! And it's hard. Really hard. I have to APOLOGIZE. Often. I'm not a saint, not wonder-woman, nor do I have some amazing gifting from God. I'm normal. Incredibly normal.
Yet really, when I am honest with myself, no matter how hard it is - this TIME with my children is precious. It *is* a blessing. And I need to be intentional with the TIME I have been given with these babies. I have five children, the oldest is only 8 - and already I am learning how quickly this TIME is slipping by. I have to quit waiting for them to "get older". They don't need to be at a certain age for me to disciple them. They need me NOW.
So I'm looking at the TIME I have with them, each day, a little differently. Yes, it's still hard. Yes, I can't believe how many times I have to wipe down the table each and every day (hello?!?!?). Yet never again will I have this opportunity with my babies. Never again will they be so willing to listen, so willing to learn, so willing to work. Right now they want to do everything I do ~ what am I showing them? About God? About this life? About family? About love?
Ok, well, that topic got away from me, sorry. I really just wanted to recommend this book: Disciple Like Jesus: for Parents.
Now go love on those babies~