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If you ever come across any books by Marilyn Howshall buy them. They are worth their weight in gold. She is a homeschool author. She wrote many booklets on how to teach your children to love learning. While schooling her children she allowed them to find out who they were, what purpose God had for them by learning how to find the interests of your children. God does have a purpose for us and I believe He gives us desires that we can use for His pleasure and ours. I am not talking about sinful desires. I am talking about those desires to be creative, to be hard working, to be spontaneous, to be thoughtful, such as these. Marilyn points out in her booklet Get To Know Your Children that we as their parents need to recognize their interests and peculiar traits and allow them to become developed. To do that we need to give the time needed to focus on each specific area for its development no matter how insignificant it may seem.
One important thing to know is when our children create rough, unpolished projects that is not the object. Letting them develop the desire to work with their own hands is. At times I just wanted to talk them out of a certain desire because it took time to help them on my part and even sometimes there were price tags attached. I had to learn to not count my cost but to see what fruit it may bear if cultivated. As I look back over our school year that has flown by I took a moment to ponder things in my heart. That may sound familiar to you if you read a past post of mine about pondering things and what that looks like. I wanted to know what it looked like for Mary to ponder things in her heart about what God had told her about her having a son, Jesus.
Here is what cultivating and giving time to my boys looks like. Even when they should have been doing math instead.
I love them, but mostly I love God for leading them and giving them desires. I am thankful for God leading me to let go and trust their desires to God.
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