“Sh’ma, Yisra’el! YHVH Eloheinu, YHVH echad [Hear, Isra’el! YHVH our God, YHVH is one]; and you are to love YHVH your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.  These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart;  and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7).  

These verses known as the Shema from the Bible are the core essence of a Biblical lifestyle.  A Biblical lifestyle begins with loving YHVH with all of your soul, spirit, and body.    A Biblical lifestyle includes teaching and training children to learn and know the commands of YHVH and to obey them out of love for Him.   Most importantly, a Biblical lifestyle involves all aspects of  daily life: when you awake, when you lie down to sleep, and all the times in between.

A Biblical lifestyle of faith begins with a family in the home.  When people have said to me that, for example, home schooling would be too difficult because they aren’t smart enough or they don’t have patience, I remind them that home schooling is not just about reading, writing, and arithmetic,  it’s about a way of life that centers around a Biblical faith expressing itself through Biblical Truths within the home.   When people have said to me that, for example, they could not have a home birth, I remind them that the Bible speaks of midwives. When people have said to me that their children need outside entertainment (friends), I remind them that ‘in the beginning’ when God created Adam and Eve, He did not create friends.  Adam and Eve had children.  They became a family.  They developed a home.  The friendships their children had were with each other.

Though we are a people who live in this world and have to function in this world, there is a place where our families need refuge from this world: the home. This is one of the reasons why the Bible commands women to be ‘keepers of the home.’  Without a keeper, there can be no home, no family, no teaching and training of children, and a loss of the greatest refuge from the trials and challenges of this world.   It is in the refuge of home where babies can be born, children are nurtured and taught, and grandparents cared for.

First, however, we must begin with a love for YHVH in our lives and understand the significance of the Shema.  When we do, the Biblical home and family is born and grows into a Biblical lifestyle that brings glory to the Lord.