In preparation to home school my children, I have been reading many books about the subject and one author recommended writing a mission statement for your family. This made me think about that bible verse I had found many years ago, it went along perfectly with educating your children.
This morning, I woke up and immediately thought about it and tried researching it again, but came up with nothing. I said a prayer and asked God to help me find it again. After that I went and picked up my iPhone to read my daily bible verse and message from the You Version app. I am signed up for several bible studies and try and read at least one daily. Today I clicked on the Parenting By Design study. This is what I read for today June 2:
DISCERNMENTMy heart started beating faster and I got chills, I knew as soon as I clicked on the selected bible verse that went along with this message, the verse I had been searching for was going to be presented before my eyes. These words were a perfect description about the verse I had remembered and was perfectly tied into my same ideas about homeschooling. This is what I read:
Paul's prayer for the Philippians could easily be our prayer for our kids. Who doesn't want their children to abound in knowledge and insight and be pure and blameless, making decisions that reflect God's righteousness? How will you help them reach those lofty goals?
One way is to give your kids more choices and opportunities to learn from hands-on experience. Good decision making isn't learned overnight. Your kids may have to make some poor choices along the way before they will know how to make good ones. Obviously, you won't give them just any choice because they should only be given choices you are willing for them to make. But the opportunities to give significant choices are endless.
Practice with little choices for little kids and more expanded choices as kids mature. Walk beside them as they get their hands dirty. Enjoy the process!
Kids who are encouraged to make lots of appropriate choices gain knowledge, insight, and discernment.
I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding. Then you will be able to know what is best. You will be pure and without blame until the day Christ returns. You will be filled with the fruit of right living produced by Jesus Christ. All of those things bringing glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:9-11This was the verse, the one I had prayed for God to reveal to me not more then 5 minutes before! I ran to get my bible and flipped to that verse and found it marked in my bible.
How cool is that! I ran and told my son what had happened and he was like, "wow, God answered that quick." Then I called my husband, who was out of town and he was amazed too.
God is listening and nothing is too small for him. After that experience, there is no way I will be forgetting that verse again!