One of the joys of homeschooling is the fact that I get to teach my children all day. To some of you that might sound strange, but it really is a joy. It is a joy to see their eyes light up and sparkle when they finally accomplish something new. It is a joy to see them learning and exploring – especially now that we’ve moved to the country. And it is a joy to teach them godly character and a love for the Lord.
Now, I won’t pretend it’s easy and I won’t pretend it always goes perfectly. In fact, the past couple weeks, we have really been struggling with sibling love and rivalry. I don’t know if it’s the move and things being in a state of chaos causing it all or not, but it is about to drive me absolutely INSANE!!
I mean the constant bickering, arguing and frankly, just plain meanness coming from my kids toward their siblings has made me doubt my very parenting abilities. From the “I don’t want to play with him/her” to the “He’s looking at me” – I am about over the edge on patience. It has made me doubt that God did indeed give these kids to the right Mom. But, I know those are lies and God did give me these specific children for a purpose. And it is my job to guide them to God, so He can change their attitudes.
Enter new Bible Study.
I was so excited when I found this new sibling Bible study from Kim Sorguis at Not Consumed. First of all, she is amazing and her products are wonderful. Second, it was exactly what we needed at the right time. And a perfect study for the summer months when they will be playing with each other more, since school is out for a few weeks.
My Brother’s Keeper is the answer for our family. Since we have been moving the past 2 weeks, we have not started the study yet, but now that we are more settled – it begins.
Did I mention I was excited about this study?!
It is so important to me that my parenting be grounded in Scripture, so this is absolutely perfect!! Although I have referenced Scripture and God’s desire for siblings, it was sporadic and I don’t believe it was fully understood by my kids. This Bible study is the best way to put it all together, so they can see what God desires of their hearts as it pertains to their siblings.
Although the days are long and hard, I find the effort to teach them God’s desires for their heart and life totally worth it!