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Homeschool Planning: How Would Jesus Schedule?

Homeschool Planning: How Would Jesus Schedule?

wwjd_homeschool1In previous posts I have asked you to rethink your beliefs about knowledge and education. Now I’m asking asking you to consider another paradigm shift—to rethink scheduling.

How Would Jesus Schedule?

Jesus had obvious long-term goals but He practiced daily as a responder. He prayed daily and allowed the needs of the people around Him to set His agenda. He saw people’s needs as opportunities to minister. We need to ask God to help us learn to schedule by faith.

Keep in mind that the name of our teaching approach came from Psalm 90:12.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Teach us to number our days is a plea for God to help us recognize how brief our time on earth is so that we might discern the true meaning of life and use our time wisely.

The most important part of your planning is giving your schedule to God.

Day and night belong to God (Psalm 74:16). When you submit your ways to God, He promises to direct your paths. He will lead you. This is a wonderful opportunity for spiritual growth for your entire family. As you lean on Him, I promise that you will see obvious events in your schedule that you will know came directly from God. Marvelous things happen when you wait on Him!

Let’s turn now to the book of Joshua for insight and encouragement about how to let God give you directions to plan your schedule.

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Cartoon from The Official Book of Homeschool Cartoons  (www.familymanweb.com).

Scheduling Lesson From Joshua

The book of Joshua is the story of how God led the Israelites in the conquest of Canaan.

The lessons in Joshua explain how choosing obedience brings victory and blessing, and how disobedience brings defeat. Joshua was commanded to rid the land of the Canaanites. After the battle of Jericho, the Israelites defeated Ai. The news of Joshua’s victories reached the Gibeonites. In their fear, the Gibeonites came up with a plan. They pretended that they came from a far away place (outside of Canaan) and wanted to make peace with the children of Israel. Joshua and his men believed them because of the way they looked (walking by sight/in the flesh), and because they did not ask for God’s advice—two big mistakes.

Joshua made a treaty with the Gibeonites and then had to keep his promise to not kill the Gibeonites (once an oath was taken, it could not be revoked). However, he made them slaves. Adonizedec, a Canaan king, heard that the Gibeonites had made peace with Joshua; so he sent word to the other kings and asked for help to kill the Gibeonites. The Gibeonites appealed to Joshua to deliver them from Adonizecec (Joshua 10:6–10). God reassured Joshua that He was with him and the Israelites would win (Joshua 10:7–8).

When the battle began, God sent hail stones to fall on their enemies. He granted Joshua’s request, and the sun stood still until they had defeated their enemies!

BESTRONGJoshua’s Plan for Success

Three elements combined to give Joshua success in this battle in Joshua 10. These are the same three elements you will use in scheduling your school day:

  1. Believing God’s promise (v. 8),
  2. Using sound strategy (v. 9),
  3. Calling on the Lord in prayer (vv. 10–15).

1. Believing God’s Promise

The Israelites didn’t have to be afraid because God had already promised them victory—and you don’t have to fear either, because God has promised to direct your paths. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5–6).

When we live by faith in God and in His promises, we can expect to receive God’s help.

2. Using Sound Strategy

I’m not suggesting that you run your homeschool on a whim, but to create your plan with prayer and submission to God. Leaning on God does not negate self-discipline or forming good habits. God has always been working in your life. From before the time you were first formed in your mother’s womb. He has been preparing you, just as Joshua was prepared many years for what would belong to him. You will need to plan, but allow time for a variety of unplanned activities; keep some flexible time in your schedule to meet your children’s needs and delights; in other words, schedule by faith.

The Heart of Wisdom plan includes a framework and objectives that requires both structure and flexibility. The four-year plan is a framework you can use as a guide as you schedule your curriculum and time by faith.

3. Calling on the Lord in Prayer

D. L. Moody said, “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” Prayer is your first step in planning, and the first step in daily Bible study. Use Colossians 1:9–12 as a guide. Ask God:

  • To fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and
    understanding;
  • That you would bear fruit in every good work;
  • That you would grow in the knowledge of God;
  • That you would be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience; and
    • That you would joyfully give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Worried about having enough faith?

Don’t worry—the building of your faith is incorporated into the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach because it teaches you to make God’s Word is your first priority each day, all day. Learning to lean on God will be part of your daily schedule. Your faith will grow daily because you will be in His Word daily. God will reward your desires when you trust Him and live obediently.

In his book, Learning to Walk by Faith, Charles Stanley said,

“Faith is not a goal that we must work to achieve. It comes as the overflow of a personal relationship with God. It is as natural as taking a breath of air. Faith is the breath and life of our relationship with God and His Son. A life of faith is one that is dominated by Jesus Christ—not selfish desires. There are three levels of faith—little faith that says, ‘God can.’ Great faith that says, ‘God will.’ Perfect faith that says, ‘God has done it.'”

Faith Grows

Recently, one of my married daughters and I had a discussion about waiting on God. She commented on the strength of my faith and expressed to me her anxieties about how desperately she wanted faith enough to count on God to lead her in her homeschooling. I explained to her that our faith grows as we consistently walk with the Lord. Faith is a living thing that grows as we see the Lord at work in our lives, and become continually aware of His presence.

This year I will turned fifty-two, and I have gratefully watched God supply my needs and answer my prayers over and over and over for many years. I know I can count on Him because He never changes. This does not mean I am satisfied with the level of faith I now have. I fall very short of the faith God expects from me, as we all do. But I am satisfied with Jesus my Savior, and know that He is doing His work in me.

I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.—Psalm 62: 5–8.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus—Philippians 4:6–7.

Fear and faith cannot operate at the same time

Fear and faith cannot operate at the same time—they are mutually exclusive. You cannot wait on God to direct your path and then sit around and worry that He won’t. Fear comes from trusting in your own ability—faith focuses and depends on God’s promises and ability. Because I delight myself in Him, God has promised to direct my paths—and I know He will because He has promised to and because He has done so in the past. My husband pays our bills once a month. I never have to ask him and he never forgets. I know he has promised to take care of it and I don’t give it a thought because he has proved himself to be trustworthy—and he is only a man. God guarantees His Word and fulfills His promises. It is when remind ourselves of all He has done, and recognize all He is doing in our lives, that our faith grows.

Faith begets more faith. Developing faith is much like developing muscles; our muscles grow stronger as we use them, and become weaker when we don’t use them. Faith comes from prayer and learning about God’s ways through studying and obeying His Word; it is through these exercises that we receive the confidence and peace that God gives when we trust Him. Faith is something we must practice continuously. It is a continuing cycle. The more you turn to God, the more your faith is strengthened.

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The post above is an excerpt from:

The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach

Bible-Based Homeschooling

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The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach is for all homeschoolers who want to make the Bible the center of their school day. This giant 500+ page book provides you with the methods, program, and resources for a course of study where students spend half the school day studying God’s Word and the other half studying God’s world (academics). Students study history chronologically and science in the order of the days of Creation. This book will encourage, motivate you and instruct you, step by step, how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education from preschool through high school; one that will train him or her to read, to study, to understand, to love to learn and, most importantly, to desire and seek true wisdom. This approach can be used for all grade levels.

When homeschoolers are asked about this book, one word continues to come up over and over–Wow!

Read the excerpt today to see what all the wow is about.

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45 comments

  1. Robin,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a timely teaching. I am going to print it and keep it in my planner. This is wonderful!

    Blessings,
    StacyH
    teachinghisways

  2. Terri Layne

    Thank you for this-just what I needed! Is it ok with you if I pass along parts (with credit and a link :-) to my home-school group?
    God bless,
    Terri Layne

  3. Lori Haynes

    Thanks Robin. I needed this article. I am one who tends to be rather lazy in my faith thinking that all I have to do is believe and let God do the work. I really struggle in the area of self-discipline and many times obedience. Thanks for the balanced approach. God bless you!

  4. Shonni

    Robin,
    I have home-schooled for 13 years and have seen the LORD always so faithful in “growing” me. Yet, I still fret that I’m not “doing” enough or doing “it” right. Scheduling with 10 children is so moment by moment and “mothering moments” (Above Rubies), are so important to me…thank you for the encouragement to do in my heart what I feel is right for that time and to trust God.

  5. Dana B

    Once again, very timely for me. What a blessing it is to know that my Lord know just what I need, when I need & who can supply it.

    Many blessings on you & your family!

  6. Robin,
    Love the post, I am reading a book by Lorraine Curry , called “Easy Homeschooling Companion” and it ties in with your post. You go girl!!!

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  8. Great article! Thanks! :-)

  9. Great post! That balance between being prepared and being flexible is critical, and you’ve put the emphasis in the right place…

  10. thank god i love jesus

  11. good story I love jesus

  12. Betsy Peterson

    Dear Robin,
    God has so clearly led me to your blog. How encouraging. I especially agree with and am pointed to Jesus again with the faith vs. fear section. How easily I take back what only God can accomplish. I turn once again all of my fears to Him. He indeed, is so faithful!
    Thanks,
    Betsy

  13. Vincent Polanski

    It’s a very rare question, how would Jesus schedule?! But I always believe that even though Satan has been ruling this materialistic world, Jesus is always there to support and help us. He is just like.. on standby mode until the end of the days where He will fight against Satan and once again rule the heavens and the earth.

  14. j.elohim

    “Jesus had obvious long-term goals but He practiced daily as a responder. He prayed daily and allowed the needs of the people around Him to set His agenda. He saw people’s needs as opportunities to minister. We need to ask God to help us learn to schedule by faith.”
    ——————————–
    I don’t see Yahshua responding to people’s needs. He Himself said that He did what He saw His Father Abba Elohim Yhwh do and He Spoke what Abba His Father Spoke. I believe Yahshua told His Disciples to do the same – always abide in the Word with Abba and do what He Does, Speak His Words. How fearful and trembling this is!(to be not just ‘on the mountain’ with Yhwh the Only Creator, but Proclaim “ABBA! WITH US” now and do each moment with Him.)

  15. j.elohim

    p.s. I don’t spend the time, or didn’t for a long several decades, in prayer that I could /should?…
    When I do, sometimes because of ‘desperation’, sometimes because of joyfulness!, sometimes because of just plain ‘okay I will’ sons’ obedience (the REALLY GOOD DAYS)..
    well,
    anyway, when I do spend time in prayer, it is ALWAYS better than if I don’t….
    but / and not religious prayer, rather just like a little child eagerly hopeful and knowing that ABBA is VERY able and VERY willing AND ABBA KNOWS BEST too(if I goof up, or ask something might not be best, just leave it up to DAD to do right! YEAH YEAH YEAH! HE IS GOOD) Still, (I) hafta grow up some day… and now I want to also.. :) … (over 50 and still a kid… was good for a time – YHVH is so gentle and patient)

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