I have been pondering some deep questions as of lately, that relate back to an earlier post of mine on Matthew 18:6, ‘but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.’ (NAS). My questions are worth searching out, due to the current state of many individuals & families in our nation.

Where in Scripture does it instruct parents to train up their children in government run daycares/preschools or schools, considering the myriad of hours they spend in an atmosphere where God has been almost completely removed for about 40 years (I vividly remember doing daily devotions with my 5th grade teacher in public school back in 1970-71, & having creation discussions with my 7th-8th grade science teacher in 1972-73)? The preschool – elementary years encompass the most important years of every individual’s life & will truly impact them throughout adulthood. Where in Scripture does it say that this is the job of the church, who see the children only once or twice per week, in comparison to the multitude of hours spent in educational environments, & who tend to separate families by age groups, adding to even less family time, much like the rest of the culture?

These questions, asked from a desire to know truth, will shake the very core of our current existence, especially if one does any research on the statistics of how well our current system is working out with regard to our teens & young adults living out Kingdom, Word-filled, Spirit-led lives that bear abundantly good fruit in their own lives & on behalf of the lives of others (see Barna or Nehemiah Group to get started, or read Faith Driven Family by Baucham. Also check out the staggering statistics with regard to Christianity, faith & college students, at both state & Christian universities).

I am one of the most unlikely candidates to even be asking the questions, considering I grew up in public school, received two undergrad degrees & a master’s degree from state universities (I also received a doctorate degree from a private school), taught nearly ten years in the public school, & was on a professional track with my music performance/teaching career that included zero children. However, since the age of 14, I have also been on a path of seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven, His righteousness, & learning to love the Lord with my teachable, love of learning whole heart, soul, mind & strength, & others as myself. It’s His love for me for Him that has protected me, led me, & brought me through all these years (nearly 40) to Who & what I know as Truth, & abundant fruit at this stage of my life.

When I was approaching my thirties, I clearly heard Him ask me if I truly wanted all of His blessings in my life. Of course my answer was, ‘yes,’ thus Psalm 127:3-5, ‘Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.’ (Another verse, contrary to culture for another post.) My husband thought he wanted three children, however, I wanted only two pregnancies (note the ‘I’) & wanted to continue on in my teaching job, thus, we were blessed with two pregnancies, the second was twins, along with a wonderful Christian daycare. There are so many miraculous testimonies along the journey, but that’s for another time. Following a difficult twin pregnancy & the blessing of three healthy beautiful children, I clearly heard Him ask me to put my ‘career’ on hold to be at home with our children. This eventually led to the decision to home educate. Although they started out as academic reasons, the Lord quickly revealed their spiritual journeys, as well as their musical & artistic giftings as primary. Not long after, I clearly heard Him ask me to start praying about adopting one of His many children who have no family. I began to pray for a baby sister for our daughter in order to round out a nice even number of two girls to compliment our two boys. My husband was totally content with our three children, thus not remotely interested. However, one day he clearly heard the Lord tell him we could do something about the many children on His heart, thus adoption then became my husband’s idea :). We prayed for one baby girl, but the Lord’s plan was to bring us a sibling group of three older children, ages 4, 7 & 9, from Guatemala. Again, the testimony & details are beyond the scope of this post. They are detailed in our book, The Journey of Adoption, available on the left sidebar of this website under ‘Products.’

Twenty-three years later, my husband & I have raised six wonderful children, all by the Lord’s leading & grace. Each child has an intimate & personal relationship with the Lord, & is gifted, talented, skilled & mature beyond many of their peers. Four have graduated from high school with two-year degrees, the fifth will begin this fall, & each one has saved themselves for a soulmate of the Lord’s choosing (our oldest married his last fall, who also saved herself for him :). We continually get comments on how awesome/amazing our kids are to us personally, as well as from adults they work with/encounter through their professions. I believe the testimony & details of that journey are for a book, however, I will say with regard to the beginning of this post, we have traveled upstream from the culture & from much of the church. I was led to home educate all these years & to train them up according to His Word & His Spirit. We served in the church all along the way, but it was our daily journey as a family in His Word & by His Spirit that led to the deeply personal relationships each child has with Him. We are all still a work in progress in a very purposeful, diligent, oftentimes lonely, journey as a family. The incredible fruit speaks for itself, & is far beyond anything one could hope or pray for. I say none of the above to convict, condemn or offend anyone else’s choices along their journeys, nor to pridefully boast in any way, but rather, to give to testimony to the Lord for all He has accomplished in our family as we humbly & willingly said, “yes,” to however, wherever, & whatever He was leading us to…testimony on behalf of others that there really are other options worth exploring.

Again, as a very unlikely candidate to have walked out this journey, my questions at the beginning of this post bear repeating: Where in Scripture does it instruct parents to train up their children in government run daycares/preschools or schools, considering the myriad of hours they spend in an atmosphere where God has been almost completely removed for about 40 years? Where in Scripture does it say that this is the job of the church, who only see the children once or twice per week, in comparison to the multitude of hours spent in educational environments, & who tend to separate families by age groups, adding to even less family time, much like the rest of the culture?

Of course these questions only pertain to those who desire their children to know their Heavenly Father, Creator, Savior & Lord….so, I’m just asking…

I have been pondering some deep questions as of lately, that relate back to an earlier post of mine on Matthew 18:6, ‘but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.’ (NAS). My questions are worth searching out, due to the current state of many individuals & families in our nation.

Where in Scripture does it instruct parents to train up their children in government run daycares/preschools or schools, considering the myriad of hours they spend in an atmosphere where God has been almost completely removed for about 40 years (I vividly remember doing daily devotions with my 5th grade teacher in public school back in 1970-71, & having creation discussions with my 7th-8th grade science teacher in 1972-73)? The preschool – elementary years encompass the most important years of every individual’s life & will truly impact them throughout adulthood. Where in Scripture does it say that this is the job of the church, who see the children only once or twice per week, in comparison to the multitude of hours spent in educational environments, & who tend to separate families by age groups, adding to even less family time, much like the rest of the culture?

These questions, asked from a desire to know truth, will shake the very core of our current existence, especially if one does any research on the statistics of how well our current system is working out with regard to our teens & young adults living out Kingdom, Word-filled, Spirit-led lives that bear abundantly good fruit in their own lives & on behalf of the lives of others (see Barna or Nehemiah Group to get started, or read Faith Driven Family by Baucham. Also check out the staggering statistics with regard to Christianity, faith & college students, at both state & Christian universities).

I am one of the most unlikely candidates to even be asking the questions, considering I grew up in public school, received two undergrad degrees & a master’s degree from state universities (I also received a doctorate degree from a private school), taught nearly ten years in the public school, & was on a professional track with my music performance/teaching career that included zero children. However, since the age of 14, I have also been on a path of seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven, His righteousness, & learning to love the Lord with my teachable, love of learning whole heart, soul, mind & strength, & others as myself. It’s His love for me for Him that has protected me, led me, & brought me through all these years (nearly 40) to Who & what I know as Truth, & abundant fruit at this stage of my life.

When I was approaching my thirties, I clearly heard Him ask me if I truly wanted all of His blessings in my life. Of course my answer was, ‘yes,’ thus Psalm 127:3-5, ‘Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.’ (Another verse, contrary to culture for another post.) My husband thought he wanted three children, however, I wanted only two pregnancies (note the ‘I’) & wanted to continue on in my teaching job, thus, we were blessed with two pregnancies, the second was twins, along with a wonderful Christian daycare. There are so many miraculous testimonies along the journey, but that’s for another time. Following a difficult twin pregnancy & the blessing of three healthy beautiful children, I clearly heard Him ask me to put my ‘career’ on hold to be at home with our children. This eventually led to the decision to home educate. Although they started out as academic reasons, the Lord quickly revealed their spiritual journeys, as well as their musical & artistic giftings as primary. Not long after, I clearly heard Him ask me to start praying about adopting one of His many children who have no family. I began to pray for a baby sister for our daughter in order to round out a nice even number of two girls to compliment our two boys. My husband was totally content with our three children, thus not remotely interested. However, one day he clearly heard the Lord tell him we could do something about the many children on His heart, thus adoption then became my husband’s idea :). We prayed for one baby gir,l but the Lord’s plan was to bring us a sibling group of three older children, ages 4, 7 & 9, from Guatemala. Again, the testimony & details are beyond the scope of this post. They are detailed in our book, The Journey of Adoption, available on our site at www.TheArtsExpressed.com.

Twenty-three years later, my husband & I have raised six wonderful children, all by the Lord’s leading & grace. Each child has an intimate & personal relationship with the Lord, & is gifted, talented, skilled & mature beyond any of their peers. Four have graduated from high school with two-year degrees, the fifth will begin this fall, & each one has saved themselves for a soulmate of the Lord’s choosing. We continually get comments on how awesome/amazing our kids are to us personally, as well as from adults they work with/encounter through their professions. I believe the testimony & details of that journey are for a book, however, I will say with regard to the beginning of this post, we have traveled upstream from the culture & the church. I was led to home educate all these years & to train them up according to His Word & His Spirit. We served in the church all along the way, but it was our daily journey as a family in His Word & by His Spirit that led to the deeply personal relationships each child has with Him. We are all still a work in progress in a very purposeful, diligent, oftentimes lonely, journey as a family. The incredible fruit speaks for itself, & is far beyond anything one could hope or pray for. I say none of the above to convict, condemn of offend anyone else’s choices along their journeys, nor to pridefully boast of our choices in any way, but rather, to give to testimony to the Lord for all He has accomplished in our family as we humbly & willingly said, “yes,” to however, wherever, & whatever He was leading us to…testimony on behalf of others that there really are other options worth exploring.

Again, as a very unlikely candidate to have walked out this journey, my questions at the beginning of this post bear repeating: Where in Scripture does it instruct parents to train up their children in government run daycares/preschools or schools, considering the myriad of hours they spend in an atmosphere where God has been almost completely removed for about 40 years? Where in Scripture does it say that this is the job of the church, who only see the children once or twice per week, in comparison to the multitude of hours spent in educational environments, & who tend to separate families by age groups, adding to even less family time, much like the rest of the culture?

Of course these questions only pertain to those who desire their children to know their Heavenly Father, Creator, Savior & Lord….so, I’m just asking…