Tucked in First Thessalonians chapter 5 is the words "You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness." Children of the day are "...sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (vs. 8) Children of the day "...encourage one another and build one another up (vs. 11). Children of the day "...live in peace with one another (vs.13), ...encourage the disheartened, help the weak, patient with everyone (vs 14), and...always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else (vs 15). Children of the day rejoice always (vs 16), pray continually (vs 17), and give thanks in all circumstances (vs 18).
The boys and I are into our latest Beth Moore Bible study, Children of the Day, an in-depth study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians. This is our, count 'em, 8th study by Beth Moore. I am not boasting, except boasting in the Lord. John, Jarrod, and I. My 12th grade sons and their mom, doing a Bible study together. When asked, of my sons, if, after graduation, which is just around the corner by the way (May 21), they wanted to continue doing Bible study together (because they'll be graduated and all, moving on to other things), both echoed emphatically, "Ah, NO!" Like - how could you even suggest such a thing, Mom?
I'm sooo glad.
It's our special time together.
I'm assured of my adult sons being in the Word of God daily.
I get to hear their growth in the knowledge of the Word.
I can still disciple and mentor.
At a time when homeschooling is ending for me, for the boys, I still have that connection of schooling; Impacting their life, in a small way. I've been struggling with this impending change, moving on from homeschooling my sons. I've been doing this thing since 7th grade, and while their Senior year has been at Point University I haven't wanted to let go. It has been so good for me, for the boys.
As we delve deeper into this study I'm wondering if this study is going to be a game-changer - a life-change study. Aren't all Bible studies supposed to change our life? I think they are supposed to and I believe they do in so many ways - if we apply them to our lives. I do not believe, if we commit ourselves to the study of God's Word, we are not affected change. But. This study. Life-changing (and we are only beginning week 3)!