Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Surviving Tough Economic Times

Is your Biblical homeschool curriculum teaching your sons and daughters how to survive tough economic times? If you want to prepare them for the future, their studies must include the following truths: first, it must teach the Sovereignty of God. Sons who embrace Biblical manhood and daughters who value Biblical womanhood must understand the Sovereignty of God. He is in control of all things. Prosperity and/or famine are not new nor do they leave Him wondering what to do. He has ordained all things and works them out for their spiritual good.

Second, a godly curriculum must teach them not to fear the future. Hard times are opportunities for us to bring the gospel to a culture disintegrating and frightened. Instead of fearing the future we need to train our children to fear the living God. We are to worship God in all things and at all times. As Paul said in Philippians 4:12-13, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. NIV" If we are to survive tough economic times we must show our children how to worship God.

Third, a Biblical curriculum must teach our sons and daughters how to use their gifts to do the work God has called them to do. This must be done in accordance with what the Scripture says about the roles and responsibilities of men and women. As Kevin Swanson of Generations With Vision says in an audio message entitled How Families Can Thrive in Tough Economic Times, "Start now....start today....you've got to build your own family systems (in preparation for the tough times)....I hope you're raising your daughters to be a Proverbs 31 woman. I hope you're raising your sons to be men of God, deacons in the Church of Jesus Christ. Because our families, our churches, our culture will be crying out for it (charity and love) twenty years from now."

Finally, a godly curriculum must teach character and integrity. Be deliberate and intentional in your instruction. Make sure you are creating for your children a Biblical homeschool curriculum. Tough times require strong men and women of God. The Church of Jesus Christ must be ready to show the world that the Sovereign Lord blesses the nations that fear Him.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Deliberate and Intentional Training

As a homeschool mother of two daughters and three sons, I have been very busy with the "everyday" aspect of education. We put a lot of effort into teaching math, history, grammar, literature, etc., and although it is vitally important for our children to know these things it is only a part of their life. How they "live out" that life is far more important and the Word of God is our blueprint.

I have often been saddened by the fact that the beautiful picture of womanhood and manhood presented in the Scriptures has been so trampled on in the society in which we live. Terms like headship and submission have been stripped of their godly intent and turned into something ugly and unenlightened. As Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr. writes in the introduction to his book What He Must Be If He Wants to Marry My Daughter, "Our current understanding of manhood (and womanhood) is in many ways ineffective and unjust. It is ineffective in that the current state of the family is confusion and disorder. It is unjust in that it is in direct violation of the Word of God (pages 10-11)" (parenthesis added).

As previously stated, the dissimilarity between the culture's understanding of femininity and masculinity, and the Bible's instruction on these things stand in stark contrast with each other. We at Keepsake Homeschool Curriculum are persuaded that the only way to return to what the Bible describes as true Biblical womanhood and manhood is to turn back to the Word of God as our source and be deliberate in the way we raise our sons and daughters.

This means that we as parents have to do more than just model these things. We must intentionally train our children in what the Word of God says about these things. It takes time, hard work, lots of prayer, and much instruction. Thankfully with the technology we have today it is much easier to find the resources available to create a curriculum unique to each family and each individual child.

It is my prayer that the resources you might find here will inspire you to intentionally take the time to raise up for this generation and generations to come godly sons and daughters........lights in a dark and confused world.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Welcome to Keepsake Homeschool Curriculum Blog

Welcome to Keepsake Homeschool Curriculum Blog

We are here to help parents return to the vision of raising beautiful Biblical daughters and Biblically defined sons. Our culture has lost a vision for true Biblical womanhood and manhood. It is our desire to help equip parents with not only the resources but the desire to intentionally train their children with a Biblical vision.

Come back soon for encouragement, resources, and helpful information.

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