As a minister’s wife, most people think I have it all together. That our home and homeschool is full of Bible and grace and peace. And that is comes easily to us. All because we’re a ministry family.
While I would love to say that is correct – it couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, I struggle in many of the same areas non-ministerial families struggle. I am a yeller. I am trying to break that habit and cycle, but it isn’t easy and I struggle every. day.
I struggle to stay consistent; in my parenting, in my personal Bible study and in our homeschool routine.
I struggle to get us started on time.
I struggle to keep their attention during lessons.
I struggle to get and keep a Bible study/devo time consistent in our homeschool day. It’s not that I don’t want it, it’s that I’m human and I allow life to get in the way. One of the biggest issues, I believe, is that my children get up at different times. Yes, I am that mother who believes your body needs sleep and it will tell you how much (although there is a difference between getting sleep for your body and being lazy). So, I allow my kids to sleep as long as they need to, within reason. Nevertheless, I have two early risers and two late sleepers – sometimes really late (like 10am – which is relative I know, but when my early kiddos are up at 7, we’ve eaten breakfast and done half of our schoolwork before the others even get up).
But, this poses a problem with us starting the homeschool day with a devotional. I don’t want to interrupt the ones who are already working to do a devo and the ones who just woke up are still a little groggy. So that got me thinking and problem solving on when to insert our Bible devotionals during the school day. It may very well work for some to do it first thing in the morning while everyone is eating breakfast, but when breakfast spans 4 hours – like at my house, that doesn’t work.
Move your Bible Time
Although I am a big proponent of starting off your day spending time with God, it does not work well as a group in our home. But, sometimes our days last longer than anticipated, so the end of the school days are also out. That left lunch time. Since we all eat lunch at the same time, we have taken that time to do our daily Bible study/devotionals. This works well, because I have their attention, I can do it while they’re eating and they can continue with their schoolwork after lunch without another interruption.
Let me be clear, this is not the time we do our Bible curriculum. In fact, our little ones don’t really do a Bible curriculum per se, as we try to incorporate it in to our other studies to help them make connections in all areas of their studies. Our oldest does have a set-aside quiet time in the morning where he reads two chapters a day (one OT and one NT). He has also used Apologia’s What We Believe series and loved it. We will be continuing these studies this year with him.
This has been a sweet time of fellowship for us together and has really given us something to focus on during lunch, rather than another video. It has brought me closer to my children and them to me. They now know they can come to me and talk about anything that might be bothering them and we’ll talk and pray together. It has opened the door of communication from an early age, which I think is vital to the role of the Christian parent.
Do you have a dedicated Bible time in your homeschool day? When do you have yours?