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As we follow a discipleship model for training our children (or replacing our traditionally understood homeschooling methods) we need to continue to be diligent, intentional and purposeful. It is easy to slip into the habit of saying “Oh there is learning value in this. I won’t see it as an interruption.”
But…. If it is interrupting what we have on our hearts for our children, it is still an interruption and we need to guard against them. I have recently found myself overloaded with good things. I have needed to stop and take stock of the things that I have allowed to become the norm, these things have interrupted our focus on the important things that we want to do with our children. These things have to go!
I like to ask myself questions. Questions that make me think about the important things, questions that make me assess my days and keep them in line with the principles that I choose to live by. It doesn’t matter if my day included a formal math lesson, blogging, gardening or visiting a sick friend – I need to know that we’ve been spending our time on the right things, on the things that God has put on my heart.
What have I done with my children today?
Has life just happened and we’ve been swept along?
Have I been with my children, teaching, training, talking, praying, living?