Tuesday, October 28, 2008

HOME "SCHOOL"


18 “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NLT

I have always believed that parents are a child's most important and influential teachers.  Thank God for brilliant and inspiring educators who encourage and shape our children.  But the teacher who will have the greatest impact on your child is you.  God planned it this way. Basically, we are to share His word and all He has done with our kids.  When do we share?  When we're at home, on the road, going to bed, and getting up.  That's pretty much all the time! We don't need to be in a sterile classroom to teach our kids.  Our surroundings are filled with learning opportunities!

I love God's word, and have shared it with my kids since they were very small.  One of my favorite things to teach them is that creation itself declares God's glory and creative power.  Romans 1:20 says:  For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. (NLT) 

  I often seek out things in nature to show my kids the creative power of God. Our Heavenly Father has created a seemingly infinite number of species, and I'm pretty sure most of them live right here in South Alabama!  I don't really like spiders, but there's one called the Orange Garden Spider that provides a great object lesson. One of these creatures spun a web right outside my dining room window.  Its web is very distinctive, with a zig zag pattern in the middle of it.  If the web is torn down by a human or a predator, the garden spider can rebuild the whole thing in about 4 hours.  The kids and I watched him for several days, and talked about how God showed us His power and creativity in this special creature.  Then there was the time the baby armadillo crawled out from under a storage shed.  He was small, funny, pink and rubbery, and programmed by his Creator to develop armadillo armor as he grew.  A couple of months ago, everyone got real excited when a tree frog somehow made its way upstairs to the bathroom and landed on the potty seat.  Great photo op!  Stickbugs and fireflies, glassy lakes and star-peppered skies all give us the opportunity to share the nature and character of God with the next generation.  What can you teach today?

Prayer for Today:  Father, thank You for the opportunity to teach my children about You.  Please open my eyes to everyday lessons I can teach them, so they may know You in all Your glory.   In Jesus Name, Amen.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I loved teaching my 2 sons about God. I now have the opporunity to watch my son teach his children about God and Jesus. It is fun to hear what my grandson is learning from all that are teaching him and his sisters. I get to help teach them as well. Thanks for this lesson.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a "Chick" but I'm eating this blog up. Thanks Leslie.

Leslie Oden said...

Glad you're enjoying it. I'm told I have several non-chick readers, so you're in good company! LO