Why Spirit-filled Parents Should Homeschool Their Children

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Watercolor by Breezy Brookshire @Breezytulip.com

 

 

As I look around my world, I see lots of homeschoolers – my Facebook Friends list is filled with homeschoolers! But truthfully, not many of them identify themselves as Charismatic or Spirit-filled.

As I shared in my last post, my mountain is Family. I feel that my assignment is to share with Spirit-filled people – mothers especially – how important it is to make your family your primary ministry. And I consider homeschooling a very important part of intentionally building a strong, close-knit family.

By keeping your children at home you protect them from:

 

  • false teaching that fills public schools
  • bullying
  • demonic attacks that occur outside of your home and that you are unaware of unless your child is able to tell you about them
  • worldly influence
  • negative peer pressure
  • scrutiny, criticism, and possession by the school administration

Benefits of homeschooling your children:

You have more time with your children when you have them at home with you every day.

You can:

  • teach them the ways of the Lord
  • train them to have good character
  • pray for them whenever they need it
  • teach them to pray continually
  • teach them to operate in the gifts of the Spirit
  • teach them to do everything out of love for others
  • build a family culture and identity based on putting Jesus first in your lives
  • prophesy over them and help them find God’s will for their lives
  • get to know them better as you spend more time with them
  • help them discover their passions and interests, gifts and talents as you draw them close to your heart
  • moderate the kinds of media they indulge in and the kinds of people they interact with
  • they will learn how to relate to those outside of their own peer group

When our family left Ohio, we traveled across the country, looking for a place to stop and settle. It took several months before we finally landed in Kansas City, Missouri. When we were settled in and ready to start school again, I asked each child what they wanted to study. Shawn (my oldest) was about 15 years old and said he wanted to study his Bible. I was, naturally, rather surprised.

 

I asked him to write about what he was reading and to do some math and some science as well. He agreed. He really majored on Bible study for most of the rest of his homeschooling years. He even studied some Hebrew and Hebrew roots to get a better understanding of the context.

 

He later read Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio as well as many Christian books by authors like Rick Joyner, Frank Peretti,  John Paul Jackson, Kim Clement, James Goll, Derek Prince, and A. W. Tozer.

 

For read-alouds, we studied the book of Genesis through several fiction and non-fiction books. We also read a lot of George MacDonald books, which are full of biblical, moral and allegorical teachings that do not shy from major issues that are ever-present in the modern world – such as selfishness, greed and pride. We really enjoyed reading and discussing these stories, both while we were reading them and after we finished for the day.

 

We read a lot of missionary biographies together such as Lillian Trasher and “The Heavenly Man”.  We got to read lots of really good books together that portrayed loving families that helped cement the idea that family is important and doing things together makes life better. They set a high standard for us of living together and loving each other, rejoicing with each other and being best friends to each other.

The experience of reading a good story aloud together has been a very bonding exercise for us. We share many memories of characters, events and lines in stories that we really enjoyed, and when someone brings up a memory, it causes a warm feeling in each of our hearts. It gives us a real sense of belonging and having common ground, despite the vast differences in our personalities, dreams, and hobbies.

We spent a lot of time praying together for my husband at work, because his job was very stressful and there was a lot of spiritual warfare happening there. And we have a policy that states if you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us. Which is very true, especially when whoever is under stress comes home and darkens the atmosphere of the house with their bad mood.

 

We watched videos by David Barton about God’s hand in American History and prayed together for our nation. We have prayed together as a family over the years; for provision, healing, friends and loved ones, specific needs and desires of members of our family, and a place to call home.

 

I have done Bible studies with the children, let them watch lots of Bible videos and videos of good stories based on biblical values and strong moral teaching.

Not to say they’ve never watched, played, or listened to any media other than those with blatant Christian labels. We try to be careful what we allow into our home, but we don’t live in a box. We have fans of Ninja Turtles, Nintendo, and lots of other franchises in our diverse household. The important thing is to stay away from media that glorifies evil or immoral lifestyles.

Idolatry is something every person struggles with. Humans have a need to worship, and we have to give our kids the best chance they have of finding the One Being it’s okay for them to idolize. The best way I know to do that is to provide a living example of the way we trust God and seek His will – for our lives and theirs. Prophetic parenting is needed.

I have been able to spend lots of time with my children, answering their questions, pointing out the wonders of God’s creation and loving and supporting them through everything they have faced.

I want to help homeschoolers do it well so their children become all they’re meant to be. By living a homeschooled life, you can pass on a love for learning that your children will carry with them for the rest of their lives, even after they’ve graduated, as well as priorities that many believe in, but few practice. Spiritual life and character are more important than academics. Relationships are more important than getting work done. You’ll likely find, as you’re teaching, that you’re learning right along with your kids.

A blessing crafted by a friend of mine named Amy Hansen:

“May the Spirit-filled families being called into Spirit-led homeschooling and prophetic parenting find the support they need to take brave steps into making their family their ministry and pursuing God’s calling for their family life. Discipling their children. May our children trust and enjoy receiving input from parents about life-altering decisions.”

Prophetic Declaration For This New Season: Take Your Mountain

An important part of my spiritual growth has always been listening to prophetic, biblical teachers.

Recently, the Lord has led me to listen to Lance Wallnau.

He does a Periscope broadcast almost every night and has acquired a big following because he is very prophetic and also very personable and funny. He takes us with him into meetings he attends, and he even lets someone hold his phone and broadcast to us what he is teaching sometimes. It feels like we’re right there with him! We are his bosom friends. That’s how he treats us anyway.

He is energized by his audience and loves to entertain us as well as give us the word of the Lord and pray for us and make prophetic declarations. I can feel the anointing when he speaks and especially when he prays.

He did a 3-day conference and let us join him on a livestream.

During the meeting he made this prophetic declaration and had us write it down:

“I am just beginning the greatest chapter of my life. I am stepping out of an old season. I have divine appointments set up and scheduled for my life. They are happening now. The dreams and desires and even the disappointments of the past are being woven into the fulfillment of prophecies I’m about to walk into. But there are new dreams, new aspirations, new assignments that will require great COURAGE. And that boldness will come by being filled with the Holy Spirit.”

I have been feeling the Lord speaking to me personally that I am to do more in this next phase of my life. I still have little ones at home, and they are still my priority, but I feel that my message, my calling, my assignment has become more clear and crystallized into one main message.

Lance teaches that we are to identify the mountain that God wants us to work in. Mine is Family.

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Lance teaches that there are 7 major mountains that shape culture. And I see family as the foundation for all the rest. The other mountains are education, government, media, arts and entertainment, religion and business.

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Most of what I do in life has to do with taking care of my family and trying to encourage others to make family their main priority in life. I believe we can change the culture and build happier, healthier people if we do family right.

So my main message is to make your family your priority, make sure God is at the center of your family, build strong, healthy relationships within your family, and let the Holy Spirit lead you in the way that your whole family should go.

You will find that discipling your children and seeing them grow in the Lord is the most rewarding job a mother could ever have.

This is really not a change in my message.

But there is a new dimension to what I feel like the Lord is telling me to challenge mothers and fathers to do. There is a specific group that I feel I am to speak to now.

Spirit-filled parents.

If you want to learn more about what the Lord’s message is for Spirit-filled parents, read my next post.

 

And I encourage you to do some soul-searching and praying and find out what the Lord has for you to do in this new season. Which mountain are you called to conquer?

Gardens!

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I started to write a post about how we need to get back to the garden. As I read, pondered, considered and prayed about this, I got confused and overwhelmed!

Too many things are compared to gardens for me to cover in one post.

So I will be writing a series of articles about gardens.

I hope you will come back and see what the Lord is revealing about gardens to many of His people in these days and why gardens are such a powerful metaphor of so many aspects of a person’s – especially a believer’s – life.

Statue of Liberty’s Message for the Day We Are Living In

Americans Value Freedom

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty coming to America. The statue was originally meant to be a gift from the people of France to the people of America. A group of French private citizens were discussing how much they admired American democracy. One of them, Edouard Laboulaye, presented the idea of a gift to honor the enduring friendship between America and France. He proposed that they present to America a monument to liberty in 1876, in honor of America’s 100th anniversary of its independence.

They wanted to commemorate the brotherhood and unity the two nations had always enjoyed. They hoped that by drawing attention to the ideas of liberty and democracy at this specific time in France’s history that it might influence the kind of government that France would have in the future. They knew that it would take cooperation between the two nations to accomplish such a massive project. The people of France paid for and built the statue. The people of America paid for and built the pedestal. Raising enough money was difficult for each country. It took many years for them to raise all the money they needed.

The sculptor who fashioned the Statue of Liberty named her Liberty Enlightening the World.

The torch represents the light of liberty she would bring to the world.

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On the tablet that the statue holds in her left hand is inscribed, July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals.

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At her feet lay a broken shackle and chain symbolizing Lincoln’s abolition of slavery.

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There is a broken shackle around her ankle, a broken chain that extends around the bottom or her robe and an ax head.

This reminds me of the Eddie James song – Freedom.

Listen to it here:

He sings this line in the song:

“No more shackles, no more chains, no more bondage. I am free!”

 

Liberty is a universal yearning, not just a national symbol.

What did the French people of 130 years ago admire about America? They admired our Constitution and the liberty and representative government that it established. They admired our freedom from a monarch, a dictator, an oppressor.

 

They admired Abraham Lincoln and the way he held the country together in the midst of war and the fact that we abolished slavery so that everybody in America would have freedom and liberty. No more slavery in America. Everybody was free.

Is America still like that?

Are we still a free country?

Do we still love freedom?

Are we still a nation to be admired?

 

What does liberty mean?

What does freedom mean?

Definitions of “liberty”:

From Dictionary.com:

Freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

Religious liberty, is the free right of adopting and enjoying opinions on religious subjects, and of worshiping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of conscience, without external control.

Definition of “freedom”:

From Dictionary.com:

Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

The power to determine action without restraint.

From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

A state of exemption from the power or control of another; liberty; exemption from slavery, servitude or confinement. Freedom is personal, civil, political, and religious.

Christians Value Freedom

America was founded on the principles of freedom of religion and speech and conscience. Christians are great fans of freedom.  Christians are set free from sin and the bondage that comes with it. Freedom does not mean the absence of authority or the right to do whatever one pleases—far from it.  Freedom is a moral or spiritual condition; freedom means abandoning a life of sin to embrace the teachings of Christ. What is often called “Christian liberty” means leading a moral life.

But now –

Deep darkness is covering America.

Men love the darkness more than the light.

 

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 

 

People are confused

 

They are confused about freedom.

They don’t know right from wrong anymore. They are giving up freedoms out of fear. At the same time, they have taken liberties with liberty. They think that they are happier when they have nobody telling them what they can do. They have thrown off moral restraints that are helpful and protective.

They are using the law to promote lawlessness, like abortion and gay marriage.

At the same time, they want the government to take care of them, so they let the government regulate personal freedoms, like whether to own guns, whether to give vaccines to their children, and how to educate their children.

They are making laws that take away religious freedom.

 

They are embracing a religion that strips freedom away from women especially. And rejecting the beliefs that have strengthened and supported families and parents and children. And taking away our freedom to practice our Christian beliefs.

The world is watching. They are shaking their heads, wondering why America is throwing away its liberty, its freedom. They are seeing a nation that is under a strong delusion, given over to a reprobate mind. Perhaps they are learning something by watching what’s happening to us.

Jesus is the light of the world.

 

We are the light of the world.

We Christians are called to be a light in the darkness. We are supposed to light the way for those in the darkness. We know that light overcomes darkness. When you turn on a light in a dark room, it’s not dark in the room anymore.

 

 

A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:14-16

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isaiah 60:1-3

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The more sin abounds the more grace abounds.

 

We are called to lead people out of darkness.

We are called to lead them to the cross.

 

Only God Can Give True Freedom

The cross leads people to freedom from sin, darkness, superstition, selfishness, addiction, and despair.

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  John 8:36

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The world hates us because it first hated Jesus. They hate us and are trying to silence us.

 

But “We are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matt. 5:14

Attention is coming to the Statue of Liberty for such a time as this.

 

Because freedom is important and worth dying for. Freedom is something to celebrate.

 

And true freedom comes only through the cross of Christ.

 

Review of Jesus Daily Devotional

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JESUS DAILY
365 Interactive Devotions
by Aaron Tabor, MD

A devotional based on Facebook’s #1 Fan page with over 26 million Followers

This devotional goes beyond the Facebook page and creates a deeper experience for multi-million fans of the popular group Jesus Daily by using the author’s posts, fans’ comments and questions, and responses. The author will explore recurring themes found on the page such as:

• Jesus is our #1 friend
• Jesus is my relationship, not my religion
• Jesus is my hero
• Prayer is always the answer
• Jesus is coming back for me
• I’m proud to be a Christian
• With Jesus all things are possible

Creative design elements and interactive activities will make this devotional truly one-of-a-kind.

Today’s devotion says:

Priceless Inheritance

We’ve all heard stories about people who receive legacies left by
relatives whom they did not know they had. Maybe you’ve even received such an inheritance yourself. But for most of us, these kinds of stories remain the plot devices of fiction and fantasy. We may have received a legacy, but it came with the steep price of losing a loved one such as a parent, guardian, or partner.
However, the most valuable inheritance we have comes as a free gift. And as the saying goes, salvation is free but it is not cheap. Our inheritance was secured by the ransom paid when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We had an unfathomable debt we could not pay; God became man to fulfill our payment once and for all.
As a result, we are heirs in an eternal reward. We have a priceless inheritance that comes in the fullness of joy—evidence of our Father’s passionate pursuit and unconditional love for us.

It can be found here:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aaron Tabor, MD, is the CEO and Medical Research Director of Physicians Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a nationally recognized diet and nutrition company. He started the Jesus Daily Facebook page in 2009. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Tabor lives in Kernersville, N.C.

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I was asked to feature this book on my blog today, and the subject for today just happened to be “Inheritance”. I recently received Dr. Dobson’s latest book for review, and it was all about “Legacy”.

Once again, God is reminding me to be thinking about the spiritual and natural implications of our inheritance and legacy.

My family received a surprise “inheritance” in October 2008. Our neighbors gave us a going-away present of $20,000 when we left Kansas City. They intended for it to be a downpayment on a house, knowing how badly we wanted a home of our own. Our journey has taken us to 3 different states since then, and we had to use the money for other things, but we know that it came straight from God. There were no strings attached, no questions asked, not even a follow-up to find out what we did with the money.

Fast forward to October 2014. We are very desirous to settle down now, weary of all the moving. The $20,000 may be gone, but my Father is telling me that it was only an earnest of the inheritance that He has for us.

He has a greater inheritance that He will pour out on us, both in the natural and in the spiritual.

He has gone to great lengths to show me how much He loves me and delights in me. He has brought Ephesians 1:17-18 to life for me. I am His beloved daughter. He delights in me. I am His and He is mine.

Dr. Tabor says in today’s devotion:

“As a result, we are heirs in an eternal reward. We have a priceless inheritance that comes in the fullness of joy — evidence of our Father’s passionate pursuit and unconditional love for us.”

I feel like God has chased me down and around and all over the place to catch me and hold me and tell me that He really loves me. The Holy Spirit came into my heart years ago and has been trying to open my eyes ever since to see how much my Father loves me.

He was an earnest to my inheritance. And now I’m walking in more fulness of the manifestation of His love for me. When I worship the Lord, I feel His presence so strongly and experience His passionate love for me in such a way that I just can’t help but cry.

This love I feel is worth it all – all of the pain and loss and confusion.

And I believe that He is speaking to me now that the natural inheritance is about to be poured out on us, too.

He is showing me that the $20,000 He gave us was an earnest (a guarantee or deposit) for the greater inheritance He is getting ready to give us.

Our spiritual legacy flows out of this. We are raising up godly seed who have seen God’s hand of provision move for our family over and over again. Miraculously. Our legacy will be children and grandchildren who know the Lord, love Him, do His will, keep Him on the throne of their lives, and teach their children to do the same.

Ask Him to speak to you about your inheritance. There is no greater inheritance than His love and peace. But He has other things for you, too. Ask Him to reveal more about the treasures He wants to give you as His child.

Fathers love to bless their children. Receive His blessings for you.

And teach your children to do the same.

I hope this meditation has blessed and inspired you like it has me!

Please check out Dr. Tabor’s devotional at:

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It will bless you every day.