On the day each of my children were born, I was entrusted with a talent. A talent of immeasurable worth. The Master placed these talents in my arms and charged me to keep watch over them, to nurture them, and to grow them until the day when He would require their return.
I have five talents. Five little souls to teach, train, and disciple in TRUTH.
Raising my children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord" is not something I take lightly. As a mother, it is my greatest and most important ministry...a mission field right in my own living room.
During these first few years of their Spiritual growth, it is my job to firmly root them in Scripture...to immerse them in it...to make TRUTH so easily recognizable that they will have no problem seeing the lie for what it really is.
As a parent, it is my job to...
Obey the call from Scripture to tell the next generation.
We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done (Psalm 78:4)
Pass on a heritage of faith.
You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth. (Deuteronomy 11:19-21)
Provide sound Biblical knowledge.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Establish a Biblical world-view.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Recently, I had the opportunity to join a few other homeschooling mommas on a live G+ panel as we shared our thoughts on growing our kids spiritually.
I invite you to listen in as we share our struggles and successes.
*Disclaimer: Due to some technical difficulties, my audio/visual feed during the panel was delayed. I apologize if it appears I interrupted some of the other panel members at times. I was unable to hear any of the other guests until well after they began to speak. In other words..."Please excuse the rudeness!" she says with a red face.
As I mentioned in the video, in the end, my job as a mother is to work my way out of a job. That responsibility relates to the spiritual upbringing of my children just as much as it relates to their physical and social growth. I have to firmly root them in Scripture while they are young and then begin to teach them how to search Scripture, listen to God's still small voice, and develop discernment in order that they may spiritually feed themselves long after I am gone.