Training Children’s Minds to Think Biblically (M.O.M)

I’m over at Heart of the Matter Online today talking to homeschool mama’s of little ones!  Drop by and say “hi?” :)

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I do not say what I’m about to say in any derogative tone, so don’t think that!  Ready, here it is…

I am so thankful to be able to be able to homeschool my children.

After reading chapter six of The Mission of Motherhood, I am even more convinced (if that is even possible) that homeschooling is the very best way that I can impart to my children a godly, life foundation. There is so much to be taught, lived out, and impressed upon our children’s hearts and minds, that even though I cannot determine the outcome (Thank God! I would totally fail!), I know I have the opportunity of a lifetime to teach and train my children for the glory of God and to prepare them to go out in to the world knowing God, loving Him, and loving others.

Since there is so much goodness packed into this chapter, you are just going to have to read it yourself (get the book if you haven’t already!).  I want to highlight what stood out to me and what I want to start focusing on (more so) in our family. This quote spurred me on:

“Our task is to train ourselves and our children to think clearly, truthfully, and biblically about Jesus and the world.”

Yes and amen!

Okay, so here is what Sally and her husband came up with in how they wanted to train their children’s minds (5 major areas):

-Biblical literacy – You must know the bible if you want to think biblically, and if we want to teach our children biblically, we must be in the Word ourselves.

“The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting.”  Psalm 119:160

-Morality and Laws - Teaching Right and Wrong – “Before they can ever make right decisions, they need to understand what the Bible says about right and wrong…As we teach our children these concrete principles, we have opportunities morning, noon, and evening to help them understand how to apply them…the biblical  concepts of right and wrong are rapidly being replaced by what is usually referred to as “tolerance.”  But that perfectly good word for patience and forbearance has been turned into a buzzword for moral relativity…ignores the reality of sin and denies that there is any right or wrong.”

“Right is always right even if no one is doing it!  Wrong is always wrong even if everyone is doing it.”

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8

-Theology – Teaching the Knowledge of God – understanding of who God is and what he is like.

-Wisdom – Teaching God’s point of view – “In the biblical sense, being wise means understanding God’s point of view about daily life and the whole scope of the universe and learning to live and act according to his perspective.”

“How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.  For its profit is better than the profit of silver, and its gain than fine gold.  She {wisdom} is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.  Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.”  Proverbs 3:13-18

-Faith – Teaching Trust in God’s Reality and Reliability – “When we know God’s moral laws, understand basic biblical theology, and have a grasp of the wisdom principles of Scripture, then we have a foundational basis upon which to act in faith.  Faith is not a matter of mindlessly believing in God. It is believing him because of the soundness of the foundation he provides for our lives.”

What a privilege, honor and responsibility it is to raise up our children! How grateful I am to women like Sally Clarkson who have gone before me and are generously giving their time to teach the younger women.  Thank you Sally (and to all of you who pour out your lives for us!).

So, if you’re reading along, what stood out to you?  If you’re not reading along but have read through this post, what are your thoughts?

In other news, I realize the picture at the top has nothing to do with the post, but it was so darn cute I had to put it in!

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4 Coffee Talks on “Training Children’s Minds to Think Biblically (M.O.M)”

  1. Jinger says:

    This looks wonderful! I'm homeschooling my three kids (well, my oldest is 5) for the first time and always looking for good books… this looks like a winner!!

  2. Amy Erickson says:

    Sarah:

    I saw your post on Heart of the Matter today. What a flash back. I worked with you at Barnes and Noble in SC and we went to church together(I think you were just getting married?)

    We have three kids now(6,5,2.5) and we live in Seattle. Fun to catch up on you via your BLOG.

    God is good.

    Blessings,

    Amy Erikson

    PS. I read Sally's book about two yrs ago(SO GOOD) Your BLOG makes me want to go back and read it again.

  3. Nikki says:

    I am reading M.O.M., but I am a little ahead. I have absolutely loved this book, and am considering reading it through again very soon! There is such a wealth of information and encouragement inside!

    I agree with you. I think home educating simply makes training, teaching, mentoring, discipling our children so much easier. Education, praise, and worship is simply a lifestyle – an atmosphere of the home (if you make it one)!
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  4. Jennifer says:

    So behind in my reading, but after reading this post am looking forward to finishing chapter 6. Enjoyed reading everyones thoughts!!
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