One of the things I most appreciate about homeschooling our three sons is that I am afforded time to do activities with my kids that I might not have been able to do if the boys were enrolled in schools. Granted, our life is about to change in that regard when Micah heads off to high school in January. However, for now, and for the past two years, Micah, Jake, Caleb and I have been able to dig deep into God’s word together.
Some of you have asked what a typical Happy Blue School Day is like for us. Well, I can give you a brief peek into the start of our day. We begin our day by reading a devotional. This year we are using the Kids’ Version of Jesus Calling. Then each month one of the boys selects a book of the bible for us to read through together. This month it’s Micah’s turn. He chose Nehemiah. Last month, Caleb chose Esther. In October, Jake’s birthday month, Jake wants us to read 1 Kings. It’s a long book, so we’ve decided to read it for both October and November. We discuss what we learn and then pray for our friends, our family and of course our boys pray for themselves.
This term I began something brand new with the boys. We had finished a geography series for the year and I needed to fill that gap of time with something. After thinking this through for a while I believed the boys were ready for their first bible study. I chose Kay Arthur’s Lord, Teach Me to Pray for Kids. So, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays the boys and I have been working our way through an inductive study of the Lord’s Prayer each morning. Micah, Jake and Caleb are learning the components of what a vital and life-giving prayer life can be through each lesson. In addition, they are memorizing the Lord’s Prayer and learning the names of God.
One of the weekly tasks of the study is to write in a prayer journal. Micah has had a prayer journal in the past, but it wasn’t anything like what Arthur suggested he try. So, the boys and I decided to make a trip to our local Christian bookstore. They each chose their own prayer journal.
I don’t know if in the long run our boys will grow up to be men that journal their prayers or not. Ultimately they will need to discover how they like to interact with their God either through their thoughts, their spoken word, in writing or perhaps a combination of all three. However, this unique time affords the opportunity to learn how to use a prayer journal. I want to do it with Micah before he heads to high school and has eight different academic subjects that will demand a great amount of his time and energy after school.
My hope through this prayer study for the remainder of our school year (that’s just 11 more weeks!) is that we dig deep into the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer and lean upon our God for His will and purpose in our lives.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
The Happy Blue School has offered a unique and special moment in time for Micah, Jake and Caleb to learn and follow their God’s leading in their prayers and in their life. It is a time to treasure and appreciate. I do not take it for granted. We may never have done it without having this God-given opportunity in the Happy Blue School.