Half of Deuteronomy 6 Happens in This One Room

Talk about them when you lie down and when you get up…

Deuteronomy 6:7

If you’re like most people, you come and go in your home, never quite stopping long enough to consider the impact each room has on your children. Yet home is where life happens and where values are formed. It’s where worldviews are shaped, where education takes place, and where love is defined.

A castle has many rooms, and as you consider the construction of your homeschool castle, you’ll want to make the most of every room. But there’s one room that stands out.

Jesus said that the greatest commandment ever given to men was to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. He was quoting from Deuteronomy 6, where Moses listed four times of the day when we are to teach our children diligently. Two of these times—when you lie down and when you rise up—happen in the very same place. In other words, half of Deuteronomy 6 happens in the bedroom.

You may think that all you do in a bedroom is sleep. In fact, you and your kids spend a large amount of time in these spaces—more than one third of your life! This fact alone means the bedroom is significant to shaping a child. Therefore, when your kids lie down and when they rise up are two times you should be fully engaged as a parent, ready to love, train, and disciple.

When You Lie Down

Think of the bedroom as the place of security. We all want our kids to feel safe and have sweet dreams. You can intentionally work toward this goal by gently, quietly, calmly, and lovingly tucking your young ones into bed at night. As they get older, this is a good time to read a good book as they lay in bed. Make sure to pray with them and for them.

Don’t rush them as they brush teeth, go potty, change clothes, and pick up the bedroom floor. Enjoy this time. Smile, laugh, wrestle, kiss, and hug. The habits you instill at bedtime will greatly impact your children’s sense of security.

When You Rise Up

What does your family’s morning routine look or sound like? I want to encourage you to make it a happy time for your kids. When the kids were young, Rachael would walk into their bedrooms in the morning singing a song. She still does this on occasion. Give your kids a kiss, a pat on the back, or a good head rub. Then give them a positive message about God’s love and plans for them. Here’s an example: “Good morning! Time to rise and shine. God has great plans for you, and I can’t wait to find out what they are.”

Yes, there are other rooms in your homeschool castle. I’m sure you could make a case for a few places in your home that hold potential for significant life shaping. After all, home is where memories are made and stories are told. Home is where we dream and hope for tomorrow.

When you consider teaching your children diligently as they lie down and rise up, are you taking advantage of these times to train and disciple your kids? What are your favorite bedtime stories to read together? Tell me about your fun morning routines. I’d love to hear how you’re doing.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

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© 2014 Davis Carman


One Response to “Half of Deuteronomy 6 Happens in This One Room”

  1. Oh, how I desire to do this daily. Many days I succeed and others, I fail miserably. The ones that find the most success are the ones when I remember for whom and why I am even attempting to follow Deut 6 – and much of that I have learned from some amazing people like you and your wife – love, truth and grace…

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