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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Got Spring Fever?
How To Be a Godly Mother, Part 1 (Last Issue)
1. Love the Lord God
2. Love Your Husband and Children
How To Be a Godly Mother, Part 2 (This Issue)
3. Teach and Train Your Children
4. Care for the Physical Needs of Your
5. Teach Others To Be Godly Wives and
Praiseworthy Books: A Guide to Newbery Medal
Bright Beginnings: Complete Christian Preschool
The Third Alternative: Christian Self-government
NorthStar Academy and NorthStar HomeSchool
The Teaching Home Back Issues
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote
In this newsletter we continue our look at
from Scriptures, with suggestions to help you joyfully fulfill the
important, God-given role for which mothers deserve special
May the Lord bless you and your family for
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The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
"And the Winner Is: A
Guide to Newbery Medal
Winners from a Christian Perspective."
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Read "Getting the Most Out of Home-School
User-friendly for a relaxed atmosphere; 2-book
set, 36 weeks of lesson plans requiring only a Bible,
household supplies, and optional library books.
Got Spring Fever?
Are there any other families out there starting
the pangs of end-of-the-school-year fever? The sunshine begs
us to come outside, the garden needs planting, bicycles need
riding, and the swing set looks lonely.
Go to http://www.doorposts.net/samples/GoToTheAnt.pdf
download a free mini-chart from Doorposts, specially designed for
families that are facing the challenges of springtime distractions!
Let's pray for each other as we persevere.
Our task as
faithful parents and teachers is an important one -- one that God
has entrusted to us!
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for
in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)
Resting in His Faithfulness,
Pam Forster, for all of us at Doorposts http://www.Doorposts.net
Freedom without Anarchy,
Order without Tyranny --
from the Biblical Worldview
In "The Third Alternative: Christian
Self-government," author Bill Burtness
lays out in simple and practical terms a primer on the moral
(internal) and structural (external) foundations of a free society.
A great resource for home, church and school.
From the publishers of Judah Bible Curriculum, "Building Godly
Character into Your Students!" http://www.judahbible.com
To Teach and Train Your Children
A mother has many duties, and the urgent (physical
needs and crises) should not overshadow the important
(spiritual training, character development, and education).
1. Knowledge of Scripture
That Leads to Salvation
Teach your children the truths of the whole
in Genesis with creation and ending in Revelation with the new
heaven and earth.
Introduce your children to the Lord Jesus
through His own
words and actions in the Gospels to lead your children to the
Lord so that they may accept His salvation.
"But Jesus said, 'Let the children alone,
and do not hinder
them from coming to Me;
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such
"And that from childhood you have known the
which are able
to make you wise for salvation
which is in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof,
for instruction in righteousness,
That the man of God may be complete,
for every good work."
II Timothy 3:15-17
* Pray that your children will accept the Lord as their
as soon as they are able and that you will
know when and how
to talk to them about salvation.
* At the right time speak to your child about his need of
Savior and how he can personally accept the
Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Love and Obedience to
Teach your children to love and obey the Lord
them get to know Him and what He tells them to do in His Word.
* Schedule regular Bible reading and discussion -- more
once a day if possible. For example,
read a Psalm at the
breakfast table, work on a memory verse after
lunch, and have
family Bible reading with Father.
* As soon as your child can read, encourage him to read
God's Word on his own at a certain time each
day. (You could
have him read it aloud to you for a while
until he establishes
* Model Bible reading by letting your children see or know
when you are reading God's Word.
* Most importantly, show that you love God and desire to
Him better and respond to His message to you.
will make a life-long impression.
* Pray for your children's spiritual growth and strength
throughout their lives.
3. Obedience and Honor
Teach your children to honor and obey their
mother in obedience to the Lord so that they will receive His
blessing of a long and good life.
You might be tempted to think that it is self-serving
teach your children to obey and honor you, but it is for their
benefit. You do yourself, your children, and their future
families a grave disservice if you do not teach and require
obedience and respect.
* Teach your child what God says about obeying and honoring
their parents. (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians
* Have your children memorize pertinent verses. For
"Children, obey your parents in all things,
for this is well
pleasing to the Lord." (Colossians 3:20)
* Discuss ways of honoring parents in word and deed.
* Model honoring your own parents by your actions and words,
even if they live far away or are no longer
"I like to remember my parents who are in heaven
talking about them on their birthdays and Mother's and Father's
days. I tell our children different things about them as I think
of them throughout the year as well." -- Sue W.
4. Discipline and Training
The discipline and training of our children
ordained by God as duties of both parents.
"My son, observe the commandment of your father
and do not forsake
the teaching of your mother."
"The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child
who gets his own way
to his mother."
* Establish child discipline and training in agreement with
* Study what God says about requiring obedience and then
present to your children a set of clear rules
along with reasons
* See "10 Elements of Child Training" at
"What the Bible Says about Child Training,"
is an excellent
book by J. Richard Fugate. Also available is a video set, an
audio set, and a Spanish translation. For ordering information and
excerpts see http://www.rfugate.org/bookstor.htm#What
Doorposts offers sound and practical helps
Scripture to the discipline and training of your children.
Video and Audio Tapes by Dr. S.M. Davis.
Home schooling is an excellent way to follow
"You shall teach them diligently to your sons
and shall talk
of them when you sit in your house
and when you
walk by the way
and when you
lie down and when you rise up."
Advantages of Home Education
* All subjects can be taught from a Christian perspective.
* The superior teaching method of one-on-one tutoring can
produce excellent results.
* You can provide moral, spiritual, and physical protection
for your children.
* Your children will have opportunity for independent study
of their interests.
Goals of a Good Christian Education
* Ability to read and understand God's Word (phonics, reading).
* Enabling your child to serve the Lord and others (including
his future family) more effectively (math,
life and job skills).
* Giving him more appreciation of the Lord's working in
(science) and nations (history).
* Gaining the ability to tell forth the Gospel and proclaim
God's Word (speech, writing, art, music).
* Concentrate on the basics: reading, writing, and math.
* Consider teaching subjects such as science, history, and
Bible to all of your children together with
assignments on their own levels.
* A solid Christian curriculum can save you a lot of work
putting together your own, but you can feel
free to skip or
rearrange some parts and incorporate a variety
of other methods
and materials as well.
* Inspire your children to enjoy and be excited about learning
together. Motivation is the wind in
your sails to move you
along faster and easier.
* See "15 Ways To Motivate Your Child To Learn, Parts 1
and NorthStar HomeSchool
offer home-based learners the opportunity
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To Care for the Physical Needs
of Your Family
The physical needs of your family can be
overwhelming, but organization and perspective
will bring them into your control. We can serve
these physical needs of our family as unto the Lord.
"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying,
did we see You hungry and feed You,
or thirsty and
give You drink?
When did we see You a stranger and take You
or naked and
Or when did
we see You sick, or in prison,
and come to
And the King will answer and say to them,
I say to you,
you did it to one of the least of these
you did it to Me.'"
It is not impossible for you to become the
model wife as
presented in Proverbs 31 if you:
1. Are good and virtuous, loving and obeying the Lord.
2. Are trustworthy and loving to your husband.
3. Are a willing and hard worker in managing and cleaning
house (organization and children's chores
4. Manage and live well within your budget.
5. Make yourself strong and healthy (many of us need to
weight to be able to serve our family better
6. Give to the poor and needy.
7. Provide adequate clothing for your family (sewing or
stores help the budget).
8. Speak with wisdom and kindness in teaching your children
younger women (see below).
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To Teach Others To Be Godly
Wives and Mothers
God also tells the older women to teach the
younger mothers to love their husbands and children
(Titus 2:3-5). This would include teaching our own daughters
to be godly wives and mothers -- by word and example.
"My mother is a woman of few words and I have
'you can say more by not saying anything at all.' I wish I had
the self-control to hold my tongue as she does." -- Kathryn H.
"Polished Cornerstones" offers hundreds of
ideas for Bible
study, reading, and everyday activities to help prepare your
daughters for godly womanhood. http://www.doorposts.net
"Keepers at Home" is a program providing a
children (at home or in a group) to learn new home and family
skills, with an emphasis on Christian values.
Help and Support
You cannot become a godly mother in your own
but our loving Lord will give the wisdom and strength needed
for this task if we call upon Him for help!
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask
who gives to
all generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him." James
"We have not ceased to pray for you and to
that you may
be filled with the knowledge of His will
in all spiritual
wisdom and understanding,
So that you will walk in a manner worthy of
to please Him
in all respects,
Bearing fruit in every good work
in the knowledge of God;
Strengthened with all power,
His glorious might,
For the attaining of all steadfastness and
thanks to the Father!"
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