Teach Them Truth by Rachael Carman
So here it is, at the end of the day, the most important thing you can teach your kids about is: God. Learning about God comes from studying and knowing His word. Through study of His word your family will come to know what real Truth is and who Truth is. This knowledge of God will draw them to Him and grow within them a desire to glorify Him in all things.
One of the huge advantages of homeschooling is that we can make being out in God’s creation a priority as we educate our children. We can take the time to make a plan or change our expectations for the day when we intentionally seek an opportunity to admire and explore the wonder of God’s handiwork. In our home school we have had many circumstances which have presented themselves wherein we have been able to see God’s creations up close and personal.
Here are just a few examples:
-When my boys found fresh frog eggs in the creek out back, we paused to make a habitat for these little creatures.
-When the black birds came by the thousands through our back yard with all of their loud talking as they eat the early berries and bugs. They were in our woods for over 30 minutes chatting among themselves, and then they were gone.
-When a hummingbird got trapped in our garage, we took about an hour to get a ladder, find some gloves, mix some sugar water and rescue it. I was praying a bunch too. We were able to get the bird’s wings free then after it drank a little sugar water, he flew off, apparently uninjured.
-When we found a baby squirrel that had fallen from its nest, we brought it in and abandoned the whole homeschooling plan for the day while we researched and called experts to find out how to nurse the little guy back to health. We released him about 6 weeks later.
There have also been bats, caterpillars, deer, comet showers, owls, a baby rabbit, and countless lizards. Each of these have been tangible examples of the true existence of a marvelous God. Each of these creatures/situations have given all of us the opportunity to interact with God as we take the time to really see Him in His creation.
“Man is without excuse”, Paul writes in Romans. And as we look at His creation we see that it is true there is such obvious evidence of God’s hand — His actual fingerprints in all aspects of creation.
Teaching our children truth, just like the other points in the book, means living out loud what we already know to be true. It means glorifying God in all we say and do, pointing our kids to Him as their Answer to life’s questions. Teaching our kids truth means trusting Him with their challenges and dreams. It means praising Him together and praying to Him together. Teaching them truth means resting in God’s sovereignty — all the while being confident that He is faithful.
Thank you all for the blog posts. Each one was insightful and encouraging. May God continue to bless you as you seek to have a HEART for your kids.
In His grace,
*image by WonderKris