Some of the things I wanted Hannah to know:
- Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. She heard his name from infancy. "Jesus" is one of the first words she ever said. I prayed for her, fasted for her, read the scriptures to her, sang hymns with her. Taught her to read. "Bible," "God," and "Jesus" were three of the first words that she ever learned to read. I didn't know that babies could read, but God did and moved me to try it. God then gave us a method to teach his word with homeschooling as the vehicle. He also gave us a way to continuously study and worship Christ Jesus throughout each school year. He actually laid out our path in the highest fashion. It can be done in the woods. I call it Bush School. No disciple has to pay a lot of money to homeschool--with the scriptures, their homeschool will be better than what the curriculum purveyors are offering.
- How to take care of my affairs. She wrote her first check at 5 years old for a subscription (maybe Rod & Staff's, "Wee Lamb's"--I do not recommend all their materials) and I signed it. She can braid my hair. I keep in mind to explore geriatrics--I want my strength to the end, but I want her to WANT to help me and be ABLE to help me should I need it. That means she needs to be near me, not far.
- How to cook and clean. She made us breakfast when she was about three and said, "I didn't know this cereal would turn out this good!" She cooked her first full breakfast at five. When one woman saw her unloading the dishwasher at four years old, she said, "I started too late."
- To see this world as it is. Continuous, focused study of the scriptures takes one on a journey of all things--in the right way--and engenders questions, answers, discussions, observations.
- To exalt God and abase man. During scripture study, we sought out the works of God and his choice servants. As we look around, we see the results of a world under the prince of the power of the air. The excellency of a gospel conversation is incomparable to the death of the world. It excels the world as light excels darkness.
- How to be self-sufficient. Even this came from our gazing at the scriptures. I gave her a plat of ground because Jacob gave Joseph one . We prayed in it and called it the Biblical Garden. We purchased a grape vine, fig tree, and lily because these are in the Bible and by God's grace it has grown in size and scope. Hannah sewed her first stitches at three years old in some old pads and handsewed her first outfit at seven. She makes better fires than I do. She made a lean-to, a tee-pee, and uses handtools. She made her own menstrual pads at seven years old in preparation for the future. She knows how to wash using a basin.
In the beginning was the Word...
This is our testimony.