March 2, 2007 by Stacy McDonald

Silent Glory

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Homeschooling has brought me to a richer understanding of how deeply God’s plan for the Church involves families. A properly functioning Christian household stands as a light in a dark world, a burning torch lifted high, drawing those who are perishing to Christ.

Yes, math is important in many ways. Grammar can give order and shape to the words we have to say on His behalf. Phonics teaches us to read, equipping us with the ability to understand other’s thoughts and ideas. Good literature enriches our lives and teaches us valuable lessons. Logic teaches us to think in an orderly way. History, my favorite, reminds us of the past and teaches us about the future. There’s so much more to learn…always. But is it all about academics? You may think I’m heading toward the importance of a good Bible or character curriculum, and while these are very important; there’s more, so much more!
Reading, writing, math and history can all be taught in a group-schooling situation. Any academic subject you can think of, including Bible and character, can be taught in a good Christian school. It can even be taught very well in some situations. But if my children were in school six to eight hours a day, who would be influencing them the most; my husband and I or their friends and teachers? Who would be shaping their thoughts, molding their personalities, swaying their convictions, and influencing their affections?
Where would my daughters get their ideas of how a godly young woman should dress and carry herself? How would they have time to learn to plan meals, grocery shop on a budget, and learn to cook the meals they plan? How would they possibly have time to sew, garden, visit the sick or aged and help care for younger siblings? Would they truly grasp the importance of the gentle art of hospitality and homemaking? Or would they be around enough to observe the godly interaction between a Christian husband and wife?
Where would my sons learn to be godly men? Who would teach them to lead their families and their churches or to take dominion in their calling? Would it be from the well-meaning schoolteacher, principal or football coach? How would they develop their opinions of women or learn to treat their future wives? Would it be from the boys’ locker room at school? No, thanks! Why not from their own father; isn’t that God’s plan?
Many people in the world will tell you that you’re wasting your time as a homeschooling mother. After all, “you need a life too.” Wouldn’t it be more glamorous and rewarding to have that high paying job in a nice quiet office downtown? The voice of the world mocks motherhood: telling mothers that what they are doing is irrelevant, and, in fact, someone with credentials could do it much better.
Many women struggle with a life devoted to the family. Perhaps they love material things, perhaps it is the reward of hearing your child praised as being the best math student or soccer player. Perhaps it is simply the fact that raising children is a slow and laborious process; not the fast and easy to satisfy impulse that our culture prefers. We all have our particular area of weakness or temptation. How many women are tempted to think that their “ministry” is a calling, apart from, and outside of, the family?
Reality check!
Your children—your families—are your ministry. There is nothing more sacred or God-honoring than a woman diligently working within the role in which God has placed her. If you are a Christian woman who is home training your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, educating them for His glory, then you are doing a mighty work for His kingdom. You are functioning in your God-given role as wife and mother and you, dear sister, are blessed.
A Christian homeschool is inclusive of more than acute angles and prepositional phrases.
Hopefully, our children are learning by example the vital parts they will play in their future families, churches and society. Prayerfully, God is molding them now, in your homeschool, to prepare them for the role they will play in taking dominion of a society at war with God.
As you watch your children grow and learn, imagine your future grandchildren—educated and trained well in the fear and admonition of the Lord, truly loved and knowing how to love; wielding their bright swords of faith; equipped with a godly worldview, and fully prepared for the task of reforming the church and changing society.
Your children will not only grow older, as you train them daily, but wiser and stronger. You have the privilege of watching in thankfulness and awe as God sharpens your children into mighty, straight arrows of glory for His kingdom. The fruit of your efforts will long outlive your homeschool. Generations will benefit from your obedience and your reward will be seen in eternity. That’s what it’s all about.
By His Grace,
Stacy McDonald


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2 Responses to “Silent Glory”

  1. Ortega Recorder says:

    Indeed!!

  2. Patti says:

    I know that this is an old post, but I have only recently learned of your blog.

    I wanted to briefly tell you what happened to me, because I so agree that raising our families is “Kingdom work.” It took me many years to realize that, though. Shortly after becoming a Christian, as a mom with 2 young children, I kept hearing from the pulpit that I needed to be more involved in “church work.” I needed to have a “ministry.” I needed to go to more Bible Studies, etc., etc. Suffice to say that I jumped on board to get involved. In so doing, I lost my joy and my health. The more I tried to find fulfillment outside of my home, the more unhappy and unhealthy I became. (I know that my body was screaming at me to come back home and to embrace caring for my family once more.) I continued on this “church work” path for over 10 years,until the Lord got a hold of my heart 2 years ago. Now, I have a passion to share my story with other ladies in the hopes of sparing them the dark years I have endured. (I had an article published in Above Rubies 2 issues ago, it was entitled “I Left My Joy Behind. It chronicles how I lost my joy when I left my home behind.) I want women to KNOW that caring for their families IS “Kingdom work.” God IS glorified as they love their husbands and children and take care of their homes. They don’t have to have a “church ministry” to do God’s work. IN many ways, I think the church’s message that they need a ministry is really a subtle form of feminism.

    Sorry for rambling. I just feel such a strong AMEN to what you have said.

    Blessings,
    Patti

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