Dear Homeschool Mom,

Thank-you for choosing to homeschool your children! 

As you continue to homeschool your children this year, have you been thinking about the fact that homeschooling offers you a wonderful door of opportunity? The opportunity of more time to invest spiritually in the lives of your children?

Think of it! Think of the extra hours you have with your children because you have chosen to homeschool! During some of this time, yes, academics need to be taught, but far, far, far more importantly, time needs to be invested in the spiritual lives of your children! Time to help your children love Jesus and grow in Him.

Should we try to illustrate the contrast of the importance of academic studies and your children’s spiritual growth on a bar graph, the importance of academic studies would be represented by a very short bar on the graph and the importance of your children’s spiritual growth would be represented by a bar that would go off the chart! It would reach to the skies and beyond! Your children’s love for God and His Word, your children’s personal relationship with Christ. This is what truly matters. This is what should be given the best hours of each school day!

I truly hope that first and foremost you desire to use the time you have been given to help your children grow in their love for God and His Word and in their personal relationship with Christ. And I truly hope you realize that this will not “just happen” by sharing God’s Word with your children once a week or “here and there” throughout the week. You must be intentional. Purposeful in the use of the time you have been given. You will need to sacrifice some good things for the best thing. But oh, any ‘sacrifice’ made will not be seen as a sacrifice when one day looking back you say, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 4)

How will you choose to use the time you have been given to homeschool your children this year? Will you use the best time of day for helping your children grow in their love for Jesus and His Word? Or will you let their academic studies take priority?

It matters. Your decision will have eternal consequences in the lives of your children. Please pray about this if you haven’t already. And may the Lord give you the strength and courage to put first things first.

In Christ,

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

As a young daughter my parents encouraged me to memorize Scripture verses. I memorized Isaiah 41:10 and it became one of my favorite verses.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

As an adult I continue to treasure Isaiah 41:10. And I can say with confidence that God has always been faithful to His Word. Praise Him! He is worthy of all our trust.

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