The Joys of Homeschooling

The weather was beautiful today so we gathered outside to read history and science. This year we have been doing a study of American history. Today we concluded the book by Peter Marshall, “Sounding Forth the Trumpet”. It took us from the years of 1837 to 1860 bringing one of the most crucial times in America’s past to life. I try to remind my children often that we study history so that we can learn from the past mistakes of others, gone on before us, as well as from their successes. The following is the last passage I read to my children today:

As 1860 drew to a close, men and women of spiritual vision could see armies of angels and archangels gathering for the coming struggle of the soul of America. They could hear the sound of distant trumpets that would never call retreat. War was close at hand. Now, as this century closes, men and women of vision are again seeing signs and wonders. These indicate that God’s judgment is close at hand. Each of us is familiar with the problems troubling our country: divorce, drug abuse, the murder of unborn children through abortion, children killing children, public officials lying, cheating, and stealing. It is too late for a human solution. But with God, nothing is impossible. The only hope for America is a national revival. Even now, pockets of genuine spiritual awakening are springing up around our country. But at best America has a case of “revival measles,” with spots of spiritual awakening popping up here and there. However, before a revival can spread from coast to coast, more than a few of us will have to take God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to heart. Each of us must repent, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. And we must do it so at once. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote this: “O Church read the signs of the times! A day of grace is yet held out to us…for just as surely as a millstone sinks in the ocean so surely injustice and cruelty shall bring on nations the wrath of Almighty God.” Heaven only knows what disaster awaits us in our time if we do not, as a nation, turn back to God! One thing is certain: We can hear the sound of distant trumpets.

Just as spiritually thought provoking as history, we reviewed the 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics today in science. The laws of nature itself exposes the lies of the evolutionist and the fallacy of uniformitarianism. As we dealt with the wonder of our planet earth, my children’s assignment was to make a list of what they have learned in their study of geology that demonstrates the truth of the Bible and reveals God’s design. Then they were to read Psalm 139:8-10 and pray and thank God for these revelations.

As the end of the school year approaches I am reflecting upon the true joys of teaching my children at home. I wonder how many children are privileged enough to learn about true history and true biblical science? I’m afraid however that most will be taught lies, global indoctrination, and satanic evolution. But as I see small spots of spiritual awakening throughout the Christian community I hold to “that day of grace that is yet held out to us…” And, as I teach my children at home, I cannot help but thank the Lord for this awesome responsibility!

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