What Are We Setting Our Hearts On?

This post is for the Christians.

I wrote a post on this topic a little over three and a half years ago, but it’s been on my mind again. This is NOT a repost. I’m writing it fresh from my heart to yours.

I have a prayer binder that’s over two inches thick. I think it weighs almost four pounds. I pray for you, your children, your families. One of the things I pray against is this homeschooling lifestyle becoming an idol. I don’t want you pursuing an ideal of what a homeschool family should look like. I want you pursuing Jesus and loving Him with your all. Homeschooling is not the goal, just something the Lord might use to help you along to the goal.

If you are imitating other families in how they school, dress, have family devotions, order their day, spend their free time, etc., then you are headed the wrong way. I highly recommend burning, shredding, destroying in any manner you can, all Christian books that instruct in how to do something. A Christian book should only point you to the Bible to seek from God what He wants from you. He is creative and can lead each family uniquely.

It doesn’t matter if the person you are learning from is successful and blessed in what they are doing. They may very well be following the Lord’s leading in what they are doing, but if you start following them, you are going after the wrong thing. We are disciples of Christ, no one else. And I say this as someone who teaches and disciples people. While I try to share the stories of God working in my life to give an example of how God can work in your life, I hope I always point everyone to Christ to seek after their own relationship and never encourage anyone to just copy me.

Think about what your heart is set on. It needs to be set on God alone. You goal is knowing and loving and serving Him alone. Has any other desire crept in? Has any other goal been directing your decisions?

If you find something other than the Holy Spirit and God’s word directing your steps, confess. Ask for help refocusing. We have a beautiful promise from God. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.

“All these things” are everything the Lord knows we need. He can take care of them for us. What does it mean to seek His kingdom? In August I will be releasing the September Study for the year. It’s called The Kingdom. I am also planning on releasing Disciples of Christ, an EP course to disciple you through teachings on the foundations of faith, who God is, and who we are in Christ. As with all my stuff, I usually recommend ages 11 through adult and that if you want to use it with younger kids, do it together.

But in the meantime, seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness is seeking to know and obey God. I have tons of teaching on the site to help you along with reading through the Bible. Read His word. Talk to Him. He’s a good Father, able and ready to help.

6 thoughts on “What Are We Setting Our Hearts On?

  1. Val Clark July 9, 2023 / 7:36 pm

    This is so fitting, especially at this time of year when many homeschool parents are being bombarded with curriculum choices. It’s so important to take the time to hear from God and get his direction and leading for each of our families. So often, his ways are not our ways. He might have something completely different in mind than what the scope and sequence dictates for next year. Thank you for your prayers and your ‘Missionary’ heart.

  2. Megan Sizemore July 10, 2023 / 2:32 am

    I am so glad this read was in my mail box before bed. It deeply ministered to me as I’ve been in a questioning and seeking the Lord about my children and education. 💛

  3. GV July 10, 2023 / 3:03 am

    Thank you so much. We’ve been using your website for years and it’s been an incredible blessing. But this particular admonishment is exactly what I needed right now. God bless you.

  4. Betty July 10, 2023 / 8:00 am

    Oh man. I didn’t realize that I tend to get caught up with what everyone else is doing. I need to refocus and talk to God about what He wants. Thank you for this post. So true!

  5. Carissa July 31, 2023 / 8:39 pm

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been homeschooling for many years, and look from time to time at your website. This was exactly what I needed right now. Our family is in a big period of change and it has thrown us all off course. Thank you again for being a blessing to me!

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