When I first began homeschooling, we made some goals for the end of the school year. Being a Christian, one of my most important goals was to educate my children in the Bible and help them to develop a growing relationship with the Lord.
Great goal, not the best follow through. I realized quickly that I was going to struggle with this task just as much as I struggled with keeping my own relationship fresh and growing.
I got bogged down with the curriculum and academic learning that I often put God aside.
Every year in August I reevaluate my goals. Every year, I decide THIS is going to be the year that I put family devotions, character qualities and learning more about our Lord before anything else. Every year, I start off that way and then I allow that to fade away. My head tells, "they don't get tested on that!". So, I lose focus.
This year, I had a new excuse... I don't have a good devotional book to read with my kids. I mean, I am not a scholar or anything. So, I just kept putting it off and putting it off. I looked at devotional books online. I thought they all looked way too expensive.
Well, it only took the first semester for God to hit me over the head hard enough for me to give in. He reminded me that my kids aren't stupid. Interesting, huh? What I mean is that I don't have to use (although I still think it would be helpful) a "devotional book". My kids can understand His word and learn straight from the source.
So, we started to read through Proverbs last week. It has been very cool to see the way they understand things beyond their years and are figuring out ways to apply what they read to their own lives.
I hope I remember this in weeks to come when the temptation to just "get school done" comes over me. I don't want to look back on this school year with regret.