“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22).

I’ll never forget the day my son declared his future marriage intentions. As we sat in church Sunday morning waiting for the service to begin, a new family filed in and sat in the pew opposite ours. For the next several minutes, I watched as my son observed the youngest female member of their family—a vibrant, freckle-faced redhead with a smile that went from ear to ear. Just as the pastor stood up to announce the first hymn, my son pulled on my sleeve and nodded toward the crimson-haired beauty. With all the earnestness a six-year-old could muster, he proclaimed, “Mommy, someday I’m going to marry a girl just like that!”

Although my young son’s innocence made me smile, I was convicted that day to begin praying for my children’s future spouses. With the world’s philosophy quickly redefining marriage, I realized fewer young people were willing to honor the spiritual truths of Hebrews 13:4a, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled.” If marriage was God’s will for my children’s future, I needed to be on my knees in prayer for them. Like Abraham’s concern for Isaac, I knew God desired my children to be yoked equally to another believer (2 Corinthians 6:14).

As a Christian homeschooling parent, what are you teaching your children about marriage? Are you displaying a godly role model and encouraging them to follow the Lord as they wait on His will and timing for a future mate? Six-year-old boys and girls grow up, and they’ll be looking to you for guidance and wisdom. Teach them what God says about true love in His Word, so they can make the right decision that lasts a lifetime. “Charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8a).

Father, as I homeschool my children today, their marriage and future adult responsibilities seem so far away. Help me to prepare them for life, not only with academics, but also with a clear understanding of Your truths and will for their lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.