What Are We Setting Our Hearts On?

This post is for the Christians.

I wrote a post on this topic a little over three and a half years ago, but it’s been on my mind again. This is NOT a repost. I’m writing it fresh from my heart to yours.

I have a prayer binder that’s over two inches thick. It weighs almost four pounds. I pray for you, your children, your families. One of the things I pray against is this homeschooling lifestyle becoming an idol. I don’t want you pursuing an ideal of what a homeschool family should look like. I want you pursuing Jesus and loving Him with your all. Homeschooling is not the goal, just something the Lord might use to help you along to the goal.

If you are imitating other families in how they school, dress, have family devotions, order their day, spend their free time, etc., then you are headed the wrong way. I highly recommend burning, shredding, destroying in any manner you can, all Christian books that instruct in how to do something. A Christian book should only point you to the Bible to seek from God what He wants from you. He is creative and can lead each family uniquely.

It doesn’t matter if the person you are learning from is successful and blessed in what they are doing. They may very well be following the Lord’s leading in what they are doing, but if you start following them, you are going after the wrong thing. We are disciples of Christ, no one else. And I say this as someone who teaches and disciples people. While I try to share the stories of God working in my life to give an example of how God can work in your life, I hope I always point everyone to Christ to seek after their own relationship and never encourage anyone to just copy me.

Think about what your heart is set on. It needs to be set on God alone. You goal is knowing and loving and serving Him alone. Has any other desire crept in? Has any other goal been directing your decisions?

If you find something other than the Holy Spirit and God’s word directing your steps, confess. Ask for help refocusing. We have a beautiful promise from God. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.

“All these things” are everything the Lord knows we need. He can take care of them for us. What does it mean to seek His kingdom? In August I will be releasing the September Study for the year. It’s called The Kingdom. I am also planning on releasing Disciples of Christ, an EP course to disciple you through teachings on the foundations of faith, who God is, and who we are in Christ. As with all my stuff, I usually recommend ages 11 through adult and that if you want to use it with younger kids, do it together.

But in the meantime, seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness is seeking to know and obey God. I have tons of teaching on the site to help you along with reading through the Bible. Read His word. Talk to Him. He’s a good Father, able and ready to help.

13 thoughts on “What Are We Setting Our Hearts On?

  1. jenmot1 July 9, 2023 / 7:27 pm

    Thank you and amen!

  2. Jeanette Anderson July 9, 2023 / 8:26 pm

    This was just the confirmation I needed today for some school decisions I’m making. Thank you.

  3. REBECCA COTTRELL July 9, 2023 / 8:56 pm

    I needed this so so desperately! Thank you

  4. Anne Perez July 9, 2023 / 10:56 pm

    This was such a great writer up. Thank you for such a godly truthful blog.we especially need this more so now than ever to stay focused on Jesus

  5. Becky July 10, 2023 / 12:34 am

    Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His way of doing and being right is the very thing I was meditating on this morning. What great confirmation!!! Thank you for being obedient and sharing.

  6. Martha M. July 10, 2023 / 2:04 am

    This is so true! Thank you for help me to focus in Christ. It’s so easy to get discouraged while seeing others succes. And even more discouraging when you realize what you’re doing doesn’t work for your specific needs and your family’s.

  7. Tonya C July 10, 2023 / 3:14 am

    Yes Ma’am,
    Amen! This post is straight from the Lord. Sin is deceptive and if we’re not vigilant it can easily trip us up. It’s so easy to make an idol out of someone else’s lifestyle. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to remind us of this. God bless

  8. Emily July 10, 2023 / 4:13 am

    I really needed this. I was searching out so many different curriculums because it was “shiny” and “new”. Homeschool had become the idol. I was feeling led to return to EP and this confirmed so much. Thank you for resharing.

  9. Bea July 10, 2023 / 11:47 am

    Thank you for this, the LORD told me the same, we actuelly have a longer break to focus new to the LORD. And I accidentally stumbled across it.

  10. Amanda Shults July 10, 2023 / 12:14 pm

    Thank you for this! I really love this program and going at our own pace. My son has been struggling in school and leading like Jesus has me constantly remembering that we are all made in His image, and are all unique. His ability to focus when we are working through some of these courses is just a straight gift from God.

  11. Marlee July 10, 2023 / 4:08 pm

    Wow thank you! This is such a good reminder to keep coming back to over and over again!

  12. Randomnestfamily July 10, 2023 / 4:47 pm

    This was just what I needed this morning. Those Words, “But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33
    Funny how as followers and workers in the field, we can forget to do just this. My family has a whole list of things we are doing and preparing as we plan a move across state. God has been working things out and opening doors, but sometimes the overwhelm creeps in. And we need to be reminded that God is in control.
    This world is not our home. The goal is to get to heaven. We have to remember why we are doing homeschool, it’s a part in helping our kids get to heaven. It’s following the command of the Lord to instruct our children.
    And remembering that “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9

  13. Dianna McLeod July 10, 2023 / 10:28 pm

    Thank you for being a doer of God’s word..and for your covering prayers ..
    God bless you abundantly.👏 Because of EP,, it has really turned my 13 year old son around and instead of me begging or getting upset with him to open a book…the first thing every morning..he grabs his laptop and goes to Ep to do his work..I’m not joking when I say this was a miracle..😁 I’m still working with my 14 year old girl to do the same..
    Thank you and God keep blessing you!

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