The Great Scope of Home Education.
"Home education means much. It is a matter of great scope. Abraham was called the father of the faithful. Among the things that made him a remarkable example of godliness was the strict regard that in his home he paid to the commands of God. He cultivated home religion. He who sees the education given in every home, and who measures the influence of this education, said, "I know him that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement." Letter 9, 1904
God commanded the Hebrews to teach their children His requirements, and to make them acquainted with all His dealing with their people. The home and the school were one. In the place of stranger lips, the loving hearts of the father and mother were to give instruction to their children. Thoughts of God were associated with all the events of daily life in the home dwelling. The mighty works of God in the deliverance of His people were recounted with eloquence and reverential awe. The great truths of God's providence and the future life were impressed on the young mind. It became acquainted with the true, the good, the beautiful.
By the use of figures and symbols the lessons given were illustrated, and thus more firmly fixed in the memory. Through this animated imagery the child was, almost from infancy, initiated into the mysteries, the wisdom, and the hopes of his fathers, and guided in a way of thinking and feeling and anticipating, that reached beyond things seen and transitory, to the unseen and eternal." Fundamentals of Christian Education, pg. 95 & Child Guidance pg. 18-19
Home, it's more than a building, the nostalgic smell and furniture, it's even more than a feeling. Home is where your heart is, the faces you cherish living under the same roof, their unique presence that lingers and never truly fades away. The home is such an important place for the young and old because home is where it all began.
All your first sights, smells, food, love, and training started in the home; it's so important that we do our best for our baby's when they first arrive or even better when they're still in the womb. What we we consume or allow our kids to consume whither it be food, screen time, etc. there is an effect that will take place. If you feed yourself and your family healthy/good food, your family gets regular exercise, your family stays active in learning, more than likely you can expect to have a healthy family. But if you do the exact opposite, have your family eat junk food all the time, you don't exercise together regularly, and all of your faces are always glued to the screen, you can expect poor health and dimineshing brain cells.
The sooner you establish The Rock or Foundation in your home, the better hope and future you set up for yourself and for your children. Temperance in all things, gaining wisdom from God's Word, regular exercise, healthy food, good sleep, fresh air and clean water, what more could you want for your children? Training yourself let alone your children isn't always easy, but with God all things are possible.
"Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled." - Titus 2:2-6
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."
- Galatians 5:22-24
Never forget what God has done for you and how far He has brought you. Share with your spouse and your children what God has done for you. Help your little ones to see that God is real and that He is the one and only True God. Every day is a blessing. Even on the rough days, there's always something to be grateful for and remember there are many who wish they could see today. Count your blessings, God bless and have a good day/night.