Someone recently asked me what I do for a living. I responded that I stay at home with my children. They proceeded to ask if it was because I didn’t finish high school. I was absolutely floored at this response.
God put it in my heart that my purpose was to raise and nurture the next generation. I truly find joy in that purpose. I want to raise children who love God and love others. I want to create strong, kind, passionate, and wise disciples for Christ that shine His light wherever they go. I want my children to learn to be prepared for the real world. I want them to know they are loved and worthy. That there is no amount of money, time, career, or hobby that will ever be more important than they are to us. That they each have a purpose and a gift to add to this world.
I want my children to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, world changers that have a lifelong love of learning. To be able to discover, explore, and pursue their passions. I want to know them and everything about them.
Children are not a nuisance, they are a blessing from God. In this me, me, me culture (especially this new progressive Christian culture) it’s no wonder there is such a disrespect and emotional disconnect from the world’s most precious asset.
“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Children were seen as less than in that time as they seem to be becoming again, but Christ said no, that they are a just as important class of people. That the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as them, that they are a heritage, they are a REWARD, a gift. The love, innocence, mercy, grace, and joy of Children should be an example of who we should be.
Children are the future. Imagine if every parent put their time, energy, and purpose, into creating the next generation. To displaying the biblical (not cultural) family dynamic the way God intended. The husband as the head, but also treating the wife as Christ did the church. Laying his life down. We would change the whole world. I know we won’t be perfect at this, but I know if we try our best everyday we will make a difference in this world. There is nothing more that I would want my purpose to be than my family & creating disciples for Christ. I hope everyday I can become a better disciple of Christ and an example in action to our children.
We had the most inspiring weekend at the Texas homeschool coalition’s convention. We were able to listen to some very wonderful speakers, and feel even more secure in our decision to educate our children at home. Please pray for us as we continue this journey as a family. Pray for our marriage and our children. Pray their hearts will always love and honor Christ.
I share this to encourage anyone on the same journey or that are making decisions about how they want to raise and educate their children.
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Hi! I am a progressive Christian stay at home mom and homeschooler who wants many of the same things as you do. Maybe we could mutually follow each other’s journey to bridge the gap. I’d love to build Christian unity and reach out to other moms. I’ve just started, but I’d be glad to keep sharing.