Teach Them Diligently

The Bible tells us that we ought to teach our children — diligently. This is what it says in Deuteronomy 6

5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Verse five says that it’s first up to us to love the LORD with all our heart, mind, and strength. Only then are we able, by God’s grace, to teach God’s Word diligently to our children. The following verses also reveal that we should take every opportunity we have, no matter where we are, to teach our children.

These verses are written to us, the parents, to tell us, the parents, to teach our children the Word of God. To me this could not be any clearer, and I believe it is best accomplished through teaching our children at home.

Not everybody is for home education, I know, but every Christian family should at least have heard about it. Yes, homeschooling might be difficult at times and sometimes it even requires a move to another country where it is allowed.

Teaching children at home brings many advantages. Each family has to decide for itself, of course, if they are convinced about it (for the right reasons) and ready to start homeschooling their children. After all, this is a big step and should not be taken lightly.

On this blog I will also further explain the „socialization“ issue and reason whether the homeschool teacher should have a „teaching certificate“ or not in future posts. And, yes, I will share practical tips as well.

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The Slow Cooker

In Wednesday’s post, The Right Path, I wrote about the importance of taking time out to rest. As homemaker’s we aren’t always able to just sit down and relax. Cooking for our husbands and children never ceases — unless we enjoy meals outside of our homes. Our family finances may or may not allow us to go for a meal in a restaurant. Health issues of family members might be another reason for us to cook at home instead of going out to eat.

Whatever the case, my point is that, thanks to the slow cooker, we can more often relax while this small kitchen appliance is doing the cooking — all day long. 🙂

It was many, many years ago that I’ve got introduced to the slow cooker by my neighbor. She cooked a delicious sauce bolognese that time. I was amazed at how mouthwatering and tender the meat turned out to be. But it wasn’t until quite a few years later that I’ve got the taste out of cooking with the slow cooker.

Now I have more than one slow cooker at home. It is such a diverse appliance. I’m using it for baking and cooking many times. Breads and cakes are not that hard to do in it. Baked potatoes? No problem! Tender meat? Cooked in hours without hardly any effort on my side.

Just prepare the food, put it into the cooker/s, turn on the heat, and pay attention to more important things — all day long. In other words, it’s the perfect cooking appliance before or during your time of rest. 😉

Sauce Bolognese is an easy and quick recipe you can make in your (new) slow cooker:

    • 500g beef (minced)
    • 3 tbsp tomato puree
    • 1 tbsp flour
    • 1 can tomatoes (juice incl.)
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • seasoning

1 Flour then brown beef in a skillet
2 Pour boiling water over it and give it a quick stir.
3 Transfer to slow cooker (Slowly. Alternative: turn slow cooker on while frying the beef in the skillet)
4 Add all other ingredients.
5 Cover and cook.

HIGH 3 (LOW 8) hrs (the lower and longer, the better)

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The Right Path

Working and Resting

Throughout the Bible rest is an important issue. The people, the livestock, and the land have to rest after a certain amount of time.

Do we make time to rest? I’m not talking about taking a break from work only. There are still things that have to be done, even on a “day off” — like changing diapers, preparing meals, etc. The work of a homemaker and mother never completely ceases not even on a Sunday or during a time of vacation. I’m talking about a time out to seek rest with a godly purpose.

Where Do We Find It?

Not of this world. We will never find that soothing peace in anything this world has to offer. There are just too many things going on in our lives, numerous distractions coming our way, and endless choices to make every day!

A few days off, vacations, visiting health resorts, these are all good ways to help us unwind, no doubt about that. The relaxation, however, is temporal. We want to seek a continuous rest, though. Where do we find it?

He Will Give You Rest

As I was reading Exodus over the last few weeks I stumbled upon chapter 33 and verse 14

And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

How easy is this to follow? Um, while focusing on me and my circumstances, I continue to be restless. I need to find solutions and I want them in an instant to happen. Me being still, knowing that He is God? That would mean that I will have to give up my own way …

That’s the point!

Will We Walk in the Way?

Jeremiah 6:16 says:

Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Stand and see and ask for the old path and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your soul. The old path is not about its age but about its Provider. It’s for Him, by Him, and through Him only that we will find rest for body, soul, and spirit. That’s the right path to be on!

Will you walk in it?

PS: Stay tuned for tips for your days of rest (e.g. meals that are done in nearly no time and with minimum effort)

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