Deuteronomy 6:5-7 admonishes us to "love Jehovah your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your vital force. And these words that I am commanding you today must prove to be on your heart; and you must inculcate them in your son and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up."
I try to impress upon the children how important it is to do all things out of love for God and with Him in mind. This includes taking to heart Ephesians 6:1-3, "Children, be obedient to your parents in union with the Lord, for this is righteous: 'Honor your father and your mother'; which is the first command with a promise: 'That it may go well with you and you may endure a long time on the earth.'"
I'm finding it a bit more of a challenge right now to have the children's cooperation. I haven't been pushing too much, since we have all been through quite an ordeal this summer. Things are 'strange' this year, for sure. However, our number one concern should always be our relationship with Jehovah.
Adding to the difficulty, is the barrage of negative influence in our neighborhood. I remind the children that they need to be leaders, rather than followers. To remember to do things that make God happy, and to keep close in mind the potential impact our decisions can have in our lives.
Learning, both theocratic and secular, is very important and must be taken seriously. It is my job, as the spiritual head of our family, to inculcate these things in my children. It is their responsibility to be obedient and hold within their hearts the promise God made as a result of doing so.
I hope I'm doing my part effectively and continue to pray for holy spirit to guide me. I know this year has certain complicating factors, but "with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)