As We Walk Along the Way

I changed the name of my blog not too long ago. I chose the new name because of the verses that I consider my theme verses in homeschooling.

Deuteronomy 6: Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Training our children as we walk along the way

Here is what I take that to mean. I need to be teaching my children ALL THE TIME. Teaching doesn’t just happen between the hours of 9 and 2 or whenever we are doing book work. It happens every minute of every hour of every day.

I teach my children so much more by my actions than I teach them with my words. I teach them by my walk, not so much by my talk. It’s pretty obvious as they get older and older. The things I see them doing are not as much the things of said but are much more the things I’ve done.

For me, these verses lead to homeschooling. I want my children by me each day so that I really can teach them as I walk along the way. 

They see what I’m like when I wake up grouchy. They see my response when someone spills cereal at breakfast. They listen to my heart when I do devotions with them. They see how I handle academics. Do I care about what they are learning? Why should they care? They see how to do household chores by watching and doing with me throughout the day. They see how I respond, not only to each of them, but also to each of their siblings. They see how relationships work.

Homeschooling gives me the chance to walk along the way with my kids- minute by minute, day by day. 

If you aren’t homeschooling, I’m not preaching. I cannot know the path God has called you to. I do know He wants us to teach our children, taking every opportunity we have. How that works in your life might not be the way it works in mine. God may have a different path that you walk with your children. 

I love that I have the opportunity to walk with my children each day. I pray that my walk is reflecting Christ. I pray that they will see me walk the way I talk.  I pray that I will be diligent in this.

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