"I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways" (Psalm 119:15).
How many times have you heard your homeschooler say, "I'm sorry, but I forgot to read that lesson" or "I forgot to get my assignment done"? When my children were little, saying "I forgot" meant exactly that. Their young minds were still developing and learning how to organize and remember. However, as my children grew older, I realized that "I forgot" was more often an excuse for being lazy or procrastinating. The unintentional forgetfulness they experienced during childhood stood in stark contrast to the forgetfulness of sidestepping their responsibilities as an adult.
The nation of Israel is a perfect example of a people who chose to forget the Lord their God. Time and again, the Bible says, "And when they forgat the LORD their God" (1 Samuel 12:9a). I can only imagine God's displeasure with His forgetful children. After blessing them and proving Himself with mighty miracles, they still disobeyed and forgot to follow His commands (Psalm 78:10-11). Not valuing God's provisions, they made their excuse and followed their own desires instead of keeping their commitment to the Lord.
As Christian homeschoolers, forgetting to stay in the Word of God daily can ruin your spiritual walk with God, too. Homeschooling is hard enough without having God's Word to guide you. Don't allow laziness, procrastination, or even the daily diversions of life to rob you of the strength you need for each day's tasks. There is simply only one way to combat forgetting, and that is remembering. "Beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour" (2 Peter 3:1b-2).
Father, without Your Word to guide me, our homeschooling is doomed for failure. Help me to prioritize and make time to remember the truths of Your commandments. In Jesus' name, Amen.