See Part 1- Intentional Influence here.
Our children do not belong to us. They are on loan to us from God to steward for the time He gives them to us.
My heart has been softened to the immense responsibility God has given Paul and I in managing this great gift of our girls. While I cannot control the outcome as my children grow and mature- they do have God given free will after all- I do have the choice to make the most out of the time I have with them.
It is our desire to homeschool in order to have a higher rate of 'success' in discipling our children. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 outlines our Biblical command for the stewardship of our children.
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." (NIV)
Now, this is not a Biblical command to homeschool. It simply declares the immense responsibility and joy parents have on the spiritual and I believe academic life of a child. For the best chance of being the primary influence in our children's lives as exampled by this passage, we feel that the right direction (for now) is to train our children at home.
Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) says "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
We believe that the Holy Spirit has prompted us to bring our family together, keep our children at home in hopes that our children will benefit eternally and that we can obey the Biblical command in the way we feel God is leading us 'for such a time as this.'