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"Hand-in Hand: A Homeschooling Father Reminisces"
Arundel Homeschool Support Group Fellowship Dinner
Annapolis Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Friday, September 1, 2000, 6:00 PM
Sharing Our Faith with our Kids,
What We Learned about Deuteronomy 6,
I was saved in March of 1981 through the ministry of Bible Study Fellowship. I began attending in the Fall of 1979, looking for answers to questions that were troubling me. The class was studying "Kings and Chronicles and the Minor Prophets". I didn't even know that was in the Bible!
Though I had been raised in a church, ours did not encourage Bible study. I left the church at 16, attempting to find all there was to experience in the early sixties. I found enough to remind me there might be a God who had better answers than the ones I kept coming up with.
For several years, my husband and I "played at church", until the Lord blessed us with a son. By two, the only book he consistently asked to have read was If Jesus Came to My House by Joan Gale Thomas (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co. New York) - a book from my childhood! And the two year old deftly pointed out to his mom, we didn't go to church. Sheepishly, we started going back, but there was nothing there for our son - or us, as I later found out.
So when a neighbor told me about BSF - and that there was a children's program, I jumped at the opportunity. Nervous that I might be getting into a cult - a cousin joined The Way - I signed up. Most lectures went right over my head, but one morning the teaching leader read from Joel: If you return to the Lord, He will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten away. If I understood one thing from that entire year, I understood the locusts had been having a feast in my barn! So I kept coming back, though all the women who initially brought me dropped away. My son liked it however and wanted to keep coming.
Eventually I "volunteered" and was put in the children's program; so now each week I was preparing two lessons - the leaders' and the children's. But I was slow learner. Then during the study of Matthew, when the lessons centered on the Lord's crucifixion and resurrection, God gave me the assurance of my salvation.
One dear sister said when Christ called out, "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?" - that is the confidence we have He became sin - my sin. His father turned from Him, for God can not look upon sin. I was stunned! I had never heard that. Do you know how many preachers told me Jesus cried out because crucifixion hurt? I stayed in BSF for seven years, serving as a discussion leader and a children's leader. I drove my family nuts asking them if they knew why Jesus said what He did.
Since 1981, my husband, son, daughter and Mother have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. We began attending a Bible preaching church and serving as the Lord led. My writing has grown as a result of our homeschooling and the things we've learned as a result.
Homeschooling for me has not been an academic exercise so much as an on-going tough work-out developing character - mine. Hence our book. I want to be a good wife and mother, and I want to build my sisters in Christ up.