Influences for Good

The most important influence on your homeschooled child is the environment in which he grows. When parents demonstrate a healthy relationship between each other and the Lord, a child's perspective about himself and his world is influenced for good. Parents who fear the Lord and live according to His Word have a far greater impact on homeschooling's success than parents who worry about having the best curriculum or the latest computer. Giving your child a Christian education, therefore, requires a homeschooling parent to be completely in line with God's will.

The life of Timothy in the New Testament is a wonderful example of a young person who benefited from the godly influence of his family. Timothy enjoyed a relationship with Jesus Christ because he first saw the fruits of a spiritual walk in the lives of his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). Through their sincere faith, Timothy learned the truth and became a Christian. Later, when meeting the apostle Paul, Timothy proved himself to be a worthy disciple capable of enduring great hardships for the sake of the Gospel.

What kind of example are you setting for your child? In your day-to-day living and homeschooling, is your child seeing you seek God's strength, comfort, and wisdom? Are you serving in humility and incorporating the Scriptures into your decision making? If you want your child to be successful while homeschooling, make sure the example of your life leads him toward Christ instead of away from Him. Even as Paul exhorted young Timothy, "Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12b).

Lord, I stand in awe at the great responsibility You've given me to be a homeschooling parent. Let my life be a testimony of Your unending love and may my children grow to serve You with their whole hearts. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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ELISHA H 05/25/2010 03:49:42

Thank you for listening to Lord!

CINDY B 05/25/2010 05:51:32

I love this one, I know that I need to be reminded each day! Thank you so much for your inspiration.

Lori R 05/25/2011 04:13:37

Ditto. Have a great day!

CARIN M 05/25/2011 06:19:18

Awesome! My grandmother\'s sincere faith, and willingness to live according to God\'s standards of the Bible in the face of hardship was a life lesson well worth observing as a child.

JENNIFER B 05/25/2012 02:49:17

Just the reminder I needed! Thanks!

KATHY S 05/25/2012 06:52:08

My Mother did and still does spend an amazing amount of time praying during the day. I cannot imagine the lists she has of people she prays for, but she does, and she never forgets. As a child, it was always,\" tell God your sorry\", or \"ask Jesus for help\". Still today, she always reminds me to pray, to ask Jesus. She is wonderful! I picked that up from her, and my son prays and just talks to Jesus alot too. One time in 1st grade public school, I was told by a teahcer that my son was praying to himself during class, and that it was not allowed to do that. I asked her\" was he praying outloud?\" She said no, but he was quiet, and she asked him what he was doing, and he honestly told her he was prayiing. She said as much as she agreed with prayer, he couldn\'t do it whikle inside the Public School walls. So I let her know that \"my brother funds an organization of attorneys that specifically fight schools who forbid children to pray, as long as it was done silently, there shouldn\'t be a problem. The Teacher never again said another word, and my son continued to pray at school, he really needed Jesus there for saftey, and he knew he wasn\'t alone when he prayed to Jesus. My son always did our night time prayers with me. But as he got older, when we still attended school outside of the home, we were forever rushed and stressed. We would get in the car with exactty 5 minutes to get to school (living exactly 5 min. away from the school). And the car wouldn\'t start, (Now I think perhaps the Lord was trying to tell us STAY HOME and Homeschool!!) Anyway, we would look at on another, and either he would start the prayer or I would, just claiming in Jesus name that the car would start. And, the car did start, at least 90% of the time AFTER our prayer. I\'m guessing the other 10% of the time, the Lord was sparing us from something else that in particular day. Since my health, and my Mothers health has just been not very good these days. we are ALL praying dilligently, Grandma, Mom, and my son. And I truly have to Praise the Lord, I could have very well died, 8 weeks of shooting pains Doctor\'s mistaked for a pinched nerve in my back, 8 E.R. trips, and no one could figure out until the last trip that I had already had a heart attack and needed surgery. God was with me, no way anyone could have survived that long. I had those pains about 14 out of a 24 hour day. And I know they were from my heart, because after my surgery, the shooting pains were COMPLETLEY gone! Only my normal back pain remains. My Mother has had the same problem for 57 yeras with her easophogus, and has taken the same type of medicine for it for that period of time. We took her for surgery 2 days ago. I was expecting bad news, most people on thise type of meds for that long, cancer , or the lining is destroyed. But my son and I prayed with her, we prayed ourselves, we had all 3 churches that our family attends prayiing. And the surgeon tells me after, \"Nothing abnormal\". I was in awe and thanks to the Lord. Now, her problem and pain is still there, but we claimed in Jesus name no cancer, and Jesus heard and answered. So thank you Lord for this devotional, a reminder to keep showing my son that for EVERYTHING, we must depend on you !

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