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How and Where to Teach

I wept on Sunday. I had spent the weekend with a group of parents that desired to serve God mightily through teaching and training their children in the way that they should go. I witnessed His good work, His healing work, His beautiful work. It was as if my heart was squeezed tight and, like a soaking wet sponge, a flood of tears was released that I could not stop. My tears literally fell onto the floor.

This reaction is not an everyday occurrence to me, but I know that I was tremendously moved by parents with a heart to teach their children. I was reminded of a quote from one of my favorite books, A Mother's Heart, by Jean Fleming. In the chapter titled, "A Teacher", Mrs.Fleming writes ...

The Hebrew word for teach or impress used in Deuteronomy 6:7 may be translated several ways, including to point, to pierce, to prick, to teach diligently, to whet. These words suggest something more than a dry presentation of the appropriate material. Our teaching should be full of life and force, full-bodied and savory enough to whet our children's appetites for God. God can help us do this as we try to impart truth to our children.

We can teach our children as we sit around the table at meals, huddle together by an open fire, relax with them over a good book, accompany them to school, hike a wilderness trail, or stroll leisurely through a shopping center. God wants us to be alert to opportunities to teach as we tuck our children into bed, sponge them with cool water when they are ill, or lie on our backs on the lawn entranced by dancing leaves overhead.

This teaching must be natural and often spontaneous. God doesn't call us to give a polished presentation. He wants us to teach in the midst of the common, everyday situations we all face as we share life with our children.

There is so much to these three paragraphs. They point us to be fervant in our teaching, to not hesitate to share our hunger for the Lord. I especially love the last paragraph for two reasons. First, because it encourages us to make our teaching "natural and often spontaneous". Second, because it encourages us to teach as we live our common, everyday life. It is an unspeakable honor that the Lord gives us to participate with Him in the teaching and training of our children, our gifts from God. Let's ask Him to equip us, to give us our heart's desire to teach and train our children. May He bless each of you!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. - Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. - Psalm 37:4

P.S. I have never done this before on the Quotes to Ponder, but I have a prayer request. Please join me in praying right now for a friend of mine - that she will find and hold on tightly to the joy of teaching her precious children, the joy which can only come from our Lord! Thank you!

October 12, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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