What are we teaching our Kids?

Originally written for  The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Facebook Page  Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2:36pm

So I went to check my facebook the other day, when all of the sudden I see a friend who I have not talked to since I was probably 13 years old was asking to be my friend on facebook! Of course, I confirmed her and then messaged her asking, “How in the world did you find me?”. Later on that day as we were instant messaging each other, she explained she has been looking for me for a long time! She said, “I could never find you on facebook, so I googled your name and found you through one of the articles you had written … ” I was astonished to hear those words! Why would anyone on earth, look for me for such a long time? REALLY‼ I am not that important; I have never really felt I have done anything of great importance in my life, and yet this person valued me enough that she would “Look” for me and not quit until she found me and I didn’t even owe her money! LOL!!!

I could not help but think, sometimes don’t we feel that way about God. Astonished to think He would send His only Son to die on a cross for us so that we could have eternal life with Him. The very fact we were created because He wanted a relationship with us is overwhelming to say the least.

I have to ask… As homeschooling parents how are we teaching our children that God pursues them? That He loves them with an immeasurable love? How do we make our kids realize he is more crazy about them, then even we are?

Sometimes it is hard for little ones to see just how much God loves them when they see us as their sole provider. When we realize what God has done for us, We can then begin to allow them as children to see where we have come from and what God has done for us. As parents, let’s not forget to be transparent to our kids and allow them to see the victories God brings in our lives. As we testify of God’s love for us then they can see His work in our lives and begin to look for it in their own, and, like a domino effect, then share with their friends and so on.

I realized this had happened in our lives, this year, when our 15 yr-old daughter got a small babysitting job, 2 times a month. We have always been open with our kids that as we have been financially faithful to God, He has always blessed us back. We never told our kids they HAD to tithe. But as soon as our daughter got her job, I looked over at church one Sunday to see her filling out a tithing envelope. The next thing I notice was she begins to get more jobs and, in a conversation with her, she told me that she realized what worked for Mom and Dad, was really working for her. Then the opportunity came for our family to financially assist another family during the holiday season, so they would not lose their home. Amy was the first to step up and want to help.

For generations, even going back into Bible days, the testimonies of God’s faithfulness in lives have been shared by word of mouth and action. Let’s not forget to do that with our kids, Let’s not forget to encourage them with our actions in their daily lives and allow them to see what God is doing for us through His faithfulness. I believe then it will naturally be passed on to others so they can meet this awesome Savior who we love and who so GREATLY loves us.

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