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Embracing the Gospel in Homeschooling and Motherhood: A Journey of Faith, Humility, and Redemption
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Mother's Day is a special day when our children show us love and appreciation with beautiful gifts. It fills my heart with joy; I'm sure you feel the same. We are grateful to God for entrusting us with the responsibility of raising these children for Him!

As the weekend ends and Monday arrives, the routine of everyday life can bring in frustration and disappointment. Our day is filled with countless unnoticed moments- changing diapers, picking up toys, reading books before naptime, and the morning rush of homeschooling after Sunday worship. In between, we started another load of laundry and spent hours in the kitchen. Unsurprisingly, it can get overwhelming at times, and it's easy to forget why we are doing it all. We may get frustrated as the children disobey and fuss with each other. They are exhausted, and we are, too! The house is messy from Sunday, and we need to start school.

When our children sin, how should we respond? What should we do when we sin? How should we handle anxiety? And how should we manage our frustration or anger toward our husband? Should we respond with more sin or react with frustration? I thought homeschooling was supposed to improve my child's behavior and make our home better.

When chaos reigns in your day, is Jesus present in your homeschool? Are you living out the Gospel at home? The solution to our children's hearts is not homeschooling; it is ultimately the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, in the Christian homeschooling movement, we can easily stray from the true purpose and solution while trying to protect our children.

We can't try to protect our children from sin by removing them from school or being a better mother; sin is a heart-related problem. Although removing our children from a humanistic, anti-God worldview is beneficial, it will not solve their ultimate problem.

The solution for my children's hearts is The Gospel of Jesus: to cleanse them from sin and keep them from sin, both for redemption and a victorious life. Understand this: salvation and sanctification are through faith alone in Jesus Christ. 

Therefore, it is crucial to incorporate the message of the cross into our homeschool curriculum, not as a substitute for Jesus but as a way to lead our children toward Him. This is why I have been using BJU Press Homeschool materials for the past 18 years.  All the textbooks that I use have a biblical worldview at their foundation. The authors do not just add biblical truth as a verse or analogy but integrate it into every book. They try to teach every lesson in a way that encourages the application of biblical truth in my students' lives. 

It is crucial that when I read the Bible with them in the evening and interact with my children in the day, I not only teach them about Jesus but live out Jesus, live out the Gospel not as perfection but modeling redemption in my words and actions—day after day, moment after moment. Deuteronomy 6:12 says, "Then take care lest you forget the LORD." 

Do I need to be anxious and stressed about trying to be a flawless parent or have perfect children and the perfect home? No! The Gospel allows us to repent, be redeemed, and keep turning to Jesus, enabling us to live victorious lives.

How should we live out of the Gospel in our homes?  

–-Living out the Gospel when we still struggle with sin

Several years ago, I had to text an apology to another pastor's wife for a sin I had committed against her. Although it was difficult to admit my wrongdoing, it was also a humbling experience. I cried tears of embarrassment and gratitude - embarrassment because it's never easy to confess your sins and gratitude because God's grace was so evident in the forgiveness that was freely offered, not only from God but also from that dear lady. 

Living out the Gospel when we get upset with our husband.

It involves apologizing to my poor husband when I vent my frustrations on him, saying, "I'm sorry. Will you please forgive me? I will try not to repeat it. What can I do to make it right?" It also means sharing the message of God's amazing grace in my response to the conviction of my sins and how God helped me make it right. Do you know what it looks like when we apologize in front of our children? It looks like humility, grace, and the Gospel.

Living out the Gospel when we are full of anxiety and fear.

I often lose sight of the Lord and struggle to trust Him completely. Let me share an example of my weakness - fear and anxiety were a real challenge for me several years ago. I contracted scabies from holding a baby on visitation with my husband, and my world spiraled down in fear. I would pray and entrust it to God, but immediately take it back, battling my fears. On one of the more challenging days, I turned to Psalm 91 for comfort." 

From my journal, dated 9-24-2017:

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.’ Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday." Psalm 91:1-6 KJV

"This has real meaning for me today. I am so very, very afraid. I'm doing all I can physically not to touch my family and not to spread this. Every day, I wash or dry every piece of bedding, pillow, towel, and clothes. I bathe in Epsom salts and tea tree oil every night. I've been creamed with the permethrin 5%, which is supposed to kill the mites. I will re-treat myself and the entire family with the cream again tomorrow. I am going to the doctor to get an oral medication as well. 

Yesterday, I cried and told the Lord, "You calmed the storm, you healed people, you had compassion on the crowd…please, please, heal me, help me to trust that you are teaching me through this... but more so that I will put my faith into action." It's so hard. One moment, I am picturing myself trusting Jesus...then fear takes over, and I am paralyzed with fear that I will not do enough to kill these invisible bugs. The anxiety fills me up and paralyzes my thinking. 

Oh, Jesus, "I will say of the Lord: He is my refuge, my fortress (protection), MY God. In God WILL I trust. I will not be afraid of the pestilence that walks in the dark (Bugs I can not see). He will deliver me from the perilous/deadly pestilence (invisible bugs). 

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I have healed and am on the other side of that tough four weeks. Although I did not handle the situation as "spiritually" as I should have (ask my poor husband), the Gospel was evident, and God's grace shined through.

—Living out the Gospel when we lose my patience with our children.

Am I willing to acknowledge my sin to my children, look them in the eye completely, take full responsibility, and genuinely ask them to forgive me? The Gospel to that child is magnified when I am humble about my sin. 

I have had to do this so many times after I lost patience with one of my children. Tears are streaming down their cheeks because of me—how horrible is that! Even when THEY may have provoked my impatience, I am the mature one who responded wrong. So many times, I have had to go to them and humbly ask them to forgive me. How can that child ever be expected to see humility if I don't model it when I sin?

I need to live out the Gospel every single day…in every single thought and action. 

This is the same with my children. Oh, that I would show them a mama who needs Jesus when I mess up! May I stay humble, admit my sins to my children, and ask them to forgive me. If I can't model humility, how can I expect them to do the same? 

If we raise intelligent and well-behaved children, but they lack knowledge of how to address their spiritual struggles and do not submit to Jesus Christ, then we have not succeeded as parents.  

My heart desires my children and me to embrace a godly lifestyle with Jesus as our source of redemption and victory. This will enable us to experience Jesus' transformative power in our daily lives and serve Him joyfully.

Let's begin a new Mother's Day by committing to the Lord today, instilling in our hearts, and then in our children, the importance of the Gospel as the foundation for their lives and sanctification. I invite you to join me on this journey with Jesus. Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of our children?

"I love the LORD because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore, I will call on him as long as I live." - Psalm 116:1-2



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Cassandra DeLeon - HomeWorks by Precept Consultant
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