Peer Pressure

You have given a banner to those who fear You,
That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah

Psalm 60:4

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are above all things. You are watching over Your children and You know whenever they are being bullied or put under pressure by the world. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are trying to solve problems the way the unbelieving world does. Help us to see Your Counsel, the Truth, first, and guide us on how to take a firm stand against the ungodliness of this world. Most of all, dear LORD, enable us to hold up the banner that You have given to us and to stand up for what it represents. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Remember the question raised at the end of Monday’s blog?

Is your friend able to change the way you act and think?

I’ll get back to this question in a minute. Please bear with me.

The two most asked questions that homeschool families usually face are:

– How can you teach your children if you are not a teacher?
– What about socialization?

I’ll talk more about the teacher’s certificate in another blog. Today, let’s concentrate on the question of having our children socialized.

You see, socialization is often misunderstood and therefore misinterpreted. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as:

The process
beginning during childhood
by which individuals acquire
the values,
habits,
and attitudes
of a society.

(emphasis mine)

Our question should be:
What kind of
values,
habits,
and attitudes
will (this) society be teaching our children?

Do Christian homeschool families want their children to socialize? Of course they do! However, they are having a lot more influence on the kind of values, habits, and attitudes they want their children to be exposed to (under influence of) or not. Also, as homeschoolers we can choose for our child/ren to socialize without the negative affect of others putting them under pressure when there is absolutely no pressure needed or wanted.

I’ll write more on socialization of our children in another blog. So let’s get back to the question/s from Monday’s blog:

Does your friend support your faith?

Oh, precious one, this is way more important than you think. If she does not, then you will have to be even more on your guard! False doctrine can sneak in so easily, beloved; and, worldly-oriented thinking can do a lot of damage (to you, your marriage, and your family) as well.

Is your friend able to change the way you act and think?

Let me ask this another way: If you were to step aside to hear yourself talk or see yourself act and react, would you like what you hear and see? How are you talking and acting while she is around you?

Stand firm for the Truth and do not waiver today.

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