The year was 1981, and for two weeks I had been struggling with an important writing assignment. Enrolling my children into a homeschool satellite program to escape truancy charges from the public school was dependent on this statement of homeschooling faith. Although I was frustrated with how much time and effort preparing this statement required, this document became my doctrinal guideline for homeschooling for the next 25 years. Frequently, I referred back to my God-given declarations contained in its pages and reminded myself why we were teaching our children at home.

The Bible contains many examples of individuals who verbalized or wrote down their convictions to solidify their commitments. Jacob made a verbal covenant with Laban by setting up a stone altar in Genesis 31:44-45. Joshua set up a memorial of stones from the Jordan River to serve as a testimonial of God's provision to future generations (Joshua 4). Greatest of all, God set His Word literally in stone for Moses and the nation of Israel when He carved the Ten Commandments into two tablets (Exodus 24:12).

Do you know why you are really homeschooling? Isn't there a bigger purpose than simply getting your children out of public school for academic or safety reasons? Have you formulated God's purpose for your homeschooling, so you are not tossed around by each obstacle that comes your way? Perhaps writing a declaration of homeschooling might also help you bring all your thoughts together into one single-purpose statement. The beginning of our family's statement, inspired by Deuteronomy 6:5-7, might help you get started. "As Bible-believing Christians, we are convicted that the ultimate responsibility for our children's education is ours, the parents."

Father, whenever we do Your will, we face opposition from Satan. Help me to see clearly the purpose You have for our family's homeschooling and guide me to preserve that message for our strength in the days ahead. In Jesus' name, Amen.