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34. The Earth is the Lord's

Psalm 24 says, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." It's all His, created by Him, sustained by Him, and by His proclamation it is good.

What does this have to do with school? Think about it -- the history of the world is part of "the earth and everything in it." The little snail your child drew in his nature notebook. The wonderful hymn you sang this week. The pond you talked about as your geography lesson. This morning's math lesson . . .

Math lesson? Yes, even math is part of God's creation. Does it feel like you enter God's Holy sanctuary when it's time to sing a hymn, or during Bible reading? And then, conversely, does it feel like you're leaving God's sanctuary when you step into the "real world" to tackle math? Don't believe it! God created the laws of mathematics as surely as He created the snail, and your child is no less a child of God when he does his math lesson than he is while praying or wondering about God's handiwork in nature.

God's Holy Spirit is your Guide and Help as you parent, as you discipline, as you sing hymns with your child -- and even when you teach him his math lesson. The Holy Spirit, Who is ultimately the One in charge of your child's education, can be counted on to help just as much with math and chemistry as with Bible time. Depend on God in every aspect of your school. It wouldn't be accurate to say "depend on Him in the holy and the secular" because it's ALL holy. So just depend on Him. Period. And we'll leave it at that. :-)

[Today's patio chat comes from Principle 20]

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