I am thoroughly enjoying my Mar/Apr 2012 issue of Home School Enrichment magazine. If you have not yet tried this magazine, take my advice and give it a go. I’ve tried several magazines for home educators and, so far, this is my favorite. It’s got lots of useful information and uplifting encouragement without being overly preachy or condemning or trying to convince you to join a militia to take up arms against the oppressive government. (Ok, I made that up, but trust me, some of them seemed like that’s exactly what “real” Christians should do.)

In the most recent issue, I’ve especially liked the article “Higher Education” by Kimberly Williams, which encourages families to take their Bible education seriously. She writes:

Many homeschooling families make the Bible a part of their core curriculum. That is good. The Bible should be a part of our children’s education. But we must be very careful in how we approach the study of God’s Word. There have been times when we went through our daily Bible lessons hurrying just to finish. I am sure many parents can relate. And while this approach is not good for any subject, how much worse is it to treat the things of God flippantly? The study of God’s Word should be something we hold in high esteem, both personally and before our children.

Her words could make you feel like you are, once again, falling short in your planning and execution, but Williams shows that she knows what it’s really like to be an in-the-trenches homeschooler when she gives this bit of encouragement:

But let me say something very important to mothers. Have you ever woken up late and rushed through the morning ritual of reading your Bible? I have, almost in a superficial attitude of wanting to “check it off my list” so that I can now do the things I need to do. On those busy mornings when my family needs me, I have found it better to ask the Lord to be with me as I serve them in a loving way. The Lord understands. After all, God gave you your family. So do the necessary things, and do not neglect your family. God will bless your hands, and you will find you have extra time throughout the day to spend with Him.

I don’t know about you, but that takes the pressure off. Second Corinthians 3:9 says, “If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God!” The “old way” that this passage is talking about refers to the Law of the Old Testament, which demanded outward conformity. People had to perform in a certain way. Through it, God demonstrated to His people that we could never be good enough to earn anything from Him.

So as you are teaching your child the Bible, take Williams’ advice and be diligent and purposeful as you do it. But if you fall short of your ideal—and you will—then give yourself a break. God loves our children even more than we do, and as long as we’re doing what He has called us to do to the best of our human ability, then we can rest knowing that He’ll make up the difference.