Life with Daughters
God has blessed me with four daughters and one son. Life with five children is wonderful! I dreamed of having a big family as a little girl. The Lord has made my dreams come true! I never imagined that Jesus would give me such amazing children. If they weren't mine, I'd want to go out and adopt them!
There are some things, though, about sharing a home with four other women that make life challenging. For example, if I get a really cute shirt, I'll never see it again...except on one of my daughters. My make-up walks on its own to another bathroom because everyone denies borrowing it--it had to get there somehow. And worst of all, I can never find my hairbrush!
The Missing Hairbrush
Over the years I have bought hundreds of hairbrushes. I always put one in my purse and one in my bathroom drawer. Lo and behold, they always disappear within twenty-four hours of purchase! Believe me, I understand why banks have their pens on chains. I have considered chaining my hairbrush!
Partners in Ministry
But, I notice something else when I stand on the stage and look over at my daughters, I see them lifting their hands or motioning with their hands, as they sing, in a similar way to the way I worship. And, as I watch them, I realize how much they truly love Jesus and I am filled with thankfulness. You see, somewhere I have imparted my heart for the Lord to them. I don't know how or when or where. I am so thankful that it has happened.
Mentoring My Daughters
I believe in mentoring. I don't "raise children," I make disciples! Homeschooling to me is passing the baton of faith in Jesus and a laid-down, poured-out life of passionate devotion to Him! I am passing the baton in history class, when I read aloud, when we pray together, and when we dig into the Word of God.
"Likewise, teach the older women (me!) to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. They can train (homeschool) the younger women (my daughters!) to love their husbands (my sons-in law!) and children (my grandchildren!), to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the Word of God," (Titus 2:3-5 NIV).
Passing the Baton
Part of passing the baton is imparting knowledge. I teach everything from mathematics to art history, from music theory to economic theory, from ancient history to what life will be like in Heaven. We read many books and have many challenging intellectual discussions. Our lives are filled with obtaining knowledge and information that will be necessary for them to walk in the call of God on their lives.
But, all of this passing on of knowledge is in the context of relationships. Because, you see, I want my children to apply all of the knowledge I teach them to their daily lives. The only way I can get them to do this is to model for them how this is done. That's exactly what Jesus did! He loved and lived with His close followers, teaching them the Word of God, and, how to apply it to their lives! Lives are truly changed in the context of relationships!
So, I love my children and live life with them. Not just living in the same house, but sharing moments, experiences, fun-filled days, and sorrows so that we are closely knit together in love! This kind of living is life at its best. There is not time or room for loneliness because life is filled with one adventure after another!
This kind of living also has its drawbacks...one of which is that I can never find my hairbrush! But that is a price, I am willing to pay!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)