Does this sound familiar?

You go to bed at night setting your alarm earlier than normal because you’ve determined to start a Bible study with your family the next day. You’ve already told [or warned] them that you would DEFINITELY be starting and they need to pray and be ready for it because you weren’t kidding this time.

The [blasted] alarm goes off an hour after the last of the three times you were up with a needy child in the night and you groan as you remember the decision you were so determined to stick with yesterday.

woman waking up to alarm clock

You drag yourself out of bed, the only motivation being the coffee you hope is waiting for you. The blessed quiet makes you long for a blanket and the couch. But, no. You know you have to get your day started so the new family Bible study doesn’t get squeezed out YET again.

Why is it SO HARD to do something we WANT to do and know that we as Christian parents SHOULD do?

Regardless of what form of education we choose for our children, training in righteousness is still to be taught in the home. It can be a daunting task to be sure, particularly when there are so many options at our disposal. When you add to that the daily tasks of caretaking, possibly working a job and/or home educating our children, we can get overwhelmed.

To be bluntly honest, discipleship in the home can end up further down our list than we would like at times – not because we don’t want to do it but because the list of to-dos can be so long in a day.

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Sound familiar?

Yep – to me as well!

Hi! I’m Tara McClenahan!

I’m a single homeschooling mom to a funny, quirky, awesome son and I work full-time from home. These circumstances can impact what our days look like – EVERY day it seems!

For too long, I simply “flew by the seat of my pants” when it came to structured discipleship. I try to consistently do the Deuteronomy 6 discipleship – what I call “life discipleship” – when we wake, when we get up and lie down and go about our day.

But ONLY doing that felt too haphazard and caused me to stress over the gaps I was seeing in my son’s knowledge and understanding of God and His ways.

By God’s grace I decided to finally get a plan together and to follow it (which is a major feat in itself)! Along the way, I have discovered (and continually discover) amazing discipleship resources that we don’t necessarily see in our normal parenting and/or homeschooling endeavors and research to plug into that plan.

I had a light bulb moment that perhaps other Christian families would like to know what I am finding AND to have help with a family discipleship plan! If that is you, I hope and pray that you find what you are looking for here at Faith Starts at Home!

My goal is that this website will, along with prayer and God’s guidance, help you decide what topics to cover and what resources to use for your family’s discipleship journey.

I always love to hear from my readers so I invite you to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns about a recommendation or suggestions! I hope this will be an encouraging community, “considering how to stir up one another to love and good works” in Christ Jesus!

Speaking of community, join other like-minded mamas over at the Faith Starts at Home Facebook group!

By His Grace & For His Glory,

Faith Starts at Home Tara McClenahan