Five Biblical Qualities for Homeschooling Moms
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Homeschooling is a high privilege that I never want to take lightly. Because we homeschool, my children are with me most of the hours in their day. That means I can have a huge impact on their spiritual growth. They see me trying to live out a life that is pleasing to the Lord. There are times I fail miserably, but there are also some qualities I strive to display. In thinking about these qualities, here are a few that I attempt to display throughout our homeschooling.

1. Chaste Respectful Behavior - This means living a life that is pleasing to the Lord in our behavior. Colossians 1:10 tells us, “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” A chaste life is one that does what is right and honors the Lord. In order to be the best teacher for our children, we need to keep our actions and behavior in line with God’s Word.

2. Gentle and Quiet Spirit - Gentleness is the opposite of self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self. This goes along with quiet, which is peaceable and tranquil. The mother with a gentle and quiet spirit is one who is looking to God and to His will, not to herself. She does not become anxious and worrisome over circumstances. She is able to respond calmly and peaceably, even when her children are not comprehending the lessons, or maybe not even trying.

3. Forgiveness and Repentance – There are many times that we and our children are going to mess up throughout the day. Sin will come in many different forms – through our words, actions, and even our attitudes. We must be quick to forgive our children, but also to confess our sins and repent. As a mother, sometimes this even means asking forgiveness from our children and confessing our sin against them.

4. Submission to the Lord - Submission involves a voluntary attitude of giving in or coming under the authority of. Just as Christ submitted to his Father, we too are to lovingly submit to our Heavenly Father. It is important not only to submit outwardly, but also to make sure that we have a submissive heart inwardly as well. True submission means following the Lord without grumbling or complaining. In homeschooling, this may mean giving up things that you want to do in order to invest your time into homeschooling your children. Also, when your day does not go as you planned, it means accepting that without complaining.

5. Faith and Trust in God – This, by far, is the most important. Although I discussed it partially with a gentle and quiet spirit, it deserves to stand on its own. In 1 Peter 3:5, we are told to be like the holy women before us “who hoped in God”. We need to live in light of the promises of God and the eternal life He has given us. The more we grow in our faith and trust in God, the stronger we will be for our children. They will see our faith, the hopeful assurance we have, and will be drawn to it. Homeschooling is temporal, but Christ is eternal. In our homeschooling, we need to keep our focus ultimately on the eternal, making sure that our children know that everything we do should be to bring glory to the Lord. We should never put the temporal things higher than what is eternal.

All of these qualities can greatly affect our homeschooling. As we strive to please the Lord more each day and grow in these five qualities, not only will we become godly teachers to our children like we were created to be, but also a blessing to them.

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Heather Spencer - HomeWorks by Precept Consultant


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