Two weeks ago, my husband and I went to the annual Christian Homeschool Conference through OCHEC. This was the second year I experienced great inspiration for Home education. I left both years with such a peace in my heart, knowing that home schooling my children is truly what God has called for us to do.
This year, the keynote speaker was an amazing man from Texas named Dr. Voddie Baucham. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. There was a lot of excitement when Dr Baucham spoke, as he brought his messages with challenges and encouragement.
My husband and I are now reading two of his many books, ‘Family Driven Faith’ , and ‘Family Shepherds’, both of which focus on the call for parents to live out their biblical responsibilities as the primary spiritual mentors and shepherds of their children.
I have thoroughly enjoyed and was VERY inspired by the Family Driven Faith book!
It is really a non-apologetic book about truly bringing your family up in a Christ centered, faith driven home. In fact the last chapter is called “A radical departure from the norm”. He emphasizes the man’s role in leading the home, and marking your home as God’s territory!. It has been such an inspiration and motivator for my husband and I.
One of the section’s I fell in love with, was the area of Family Worship …. one area that we have made a focus in our family lately. In fact, before we even read this book, we were zeroing in on our family worship and devotional times.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deut 6: 5-9
We have tried to let nothing get in the way of our morning or evening devotionals, scriptures, or family prayer times. With my husbands teaching background, he’ll even get the kids to ‘act out’ a story or verse, or we’ll turn it into a small book report. As well as adding in different memory verses through out our home school days. It’s been such an exciting season to be involved in our children’s spiritual growth. They are still so young, and we are looking forward to learning more, and doing more in our family worship times.
This book was really a great read! Especially in a world that has pushed family out, Let’s be determined to step out of the ‘norm’, and focus on our family’s faith!.
What do you do for family worship times?