My Hope for Our Country is Your Kids
Rick and I began home educating 28 years ago, in 1980. We didn’t know of anyone else who was doing it or even anyone who had done it in our lifetime. It began because God impressed deeply upon us the need to spend quality time with our little ones. We had Rick and Tim (our two oldest children) in a godly Christian preschool two days a week. The problem though was transportation. We lived 30 minutes from the school and I became convinced that my younger sons, Nate and Josh, needed my attention instead of having to spend 2 hours a day strapped into their car seats while I transported Rick and Tim to and from this great school. One day, I hung around and watched how they were taught and the thought occurred to me, “hey, I could do this at home and spend time with Nate and Josh, too.”
Rick was agreeable after the initial shock, and so the following year, we taught Rick kindergarten at home. We were instantly thrilled with the results and witnessing my children as they learned new concepts and delighted in learning was so fulfilling to me. We decided, ‘hey, why should we ever send them away to school?” We witnessed our children excel in areas of interest and saw them learn from the interests of their brothers and sisters. We treasured the closeness that was developing within our family as we lived and worked side by side one another.
Two years later, the truant officer appeared on our doorstep and our troubles began. By then, though, conviction had grown and we were deeply convinced in our spirits that we were doing what God wanted us to do for our children. It was a scary time. Our kids learned to dive under the bed if anyone knocked on the door during school hours, but under those beds God was building for Himself mighty warriors with a passion for freedom. We lobbied for more clear laws and the new VA statue was passed in 1983.
Years later, we began to meet other families who had had similar experiences all over our country, although we didn’t know each other at the time we were going through it. We watched home education grow with each passing year. We soon had others calling us who wanted to begin home schooling their children. We had so many people we were trying to help, we’d forget what we had told to who and soon began recording our message in book form. That led to speaking at home schooling conventions years later across the country. In meeting so many home schooling families we were amazed at the desire of dads and moms to minister to the spirit of their children and the commitment we saw in those families.
It wasn’t until maybe 10 years ago, that I began to realize it was God who began the home schooling movement. (Back when we started we never had any inkling a “movement” was beginning). Looking back, I believe with all my heart that God is bringing revival about in our land through dedicated home schooling families like you. I see a turning of the hearts of the fathers to the children and consequently, a turning of the hearts of the children to the parents. I see a deep commitment to God and the principles laid out in His Word. Home schooling families are not perfect. Hardly. Rather, they are for the most part, willing to make the sacrifices necessary to pour their lives into passing on the torch to their kids, to change their lifestyles to accomplish it, and thereby are impacting their posterity in a life changing, life giving way.
I am writing this just weeks after the 2008 presidential election. It’s when the darkness is darkest that the light shines the brightest. My hope for our nation is your children and mine!! If we will continue to rise up and invest our lives in raising children who love God with all their hearts, souls and minds and pass that vision on to them, we will see a different country in 10-15 years from now. Now is not the time to get discouraged. God has raised up the home schooling families for such a time as this. It’s the time to teach our children the truth of our godly heritage in our nation. We do have a godly heritage. Our constitution is rooted on principles found in God’s Word. Our founders were mostly godly, Christian men looking to their Savior to act in their behalf.
The future we leave to our children depends on what we do today. In 1803, Rev. Matthias Burnett gave this charge:
“Finally, ye… whose prerogative it is to… invest with office and authority or to withhold them and in whose power it is to save or destroy your country, consider well the important trust.. which God… has put into your hands. To God and posterity you are accountable for them…Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you.”
It’s time to rise to the challenge of becoming leaders needed to guide our nation back to godly principles. God has raised up a remnant and that remnant is you!
Marilyn, mother of 14 home schooled children and grandma to six, has just finished writing her newest book, For You They Signed- Character Lessons from the Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. She has a vision of seeing America return to her godly roots and desires to dispel myths and unveil the truth about the beliefs of the 56 noble men who signed that document. She has written her book so that the next generation will be equipped to pick up the torch, run with it, and help establish our nation as a beacon of God’s truth and light to the world. Her book can be obtained from her website www.thelearningparent.com