I have a most faithful friend whom I have known for over twenty years. During that time, I have only had the pleasure of sharing time with her in person on two occasions. Yet, this friend has been there for me in some of the most intense and important experiences of my life, not to mention times of sweet fellowship that I have enjoyed with other believers. Most recently her words provided the very real comfort I needed during an episode of sorrow. Words I have listened to for over fifteen years were used by God to convict and encourage me during a moment of overwhelming doubt. And yet, this friend is not very original in what she has to say. In fact, she constantly uses Another's ideas and words to make her point. You might say that she rarely has an original thought.
If you haven't already heard of her, I would like to introduce you to my very good friend. Her name is Judy Rogers and she has produced a body of musical work that is geared to support and encourage the Christian individual and family to stand firm in their faith of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You can get a great sampling of her CD offerings by visiting her website. Here is some background on this godly woman:
Judy was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Her parents are dedicated Christians who taught their children the love and fear of our great God. Her dad is blessed to be very musical and her mom is a wonderful writer of stories, poems, and songs. These gifts were present in all four of their children and they have all sought to use them for the Kingdom of Christ.
Judy has been married to Wayne Rogers, a pastor, for 38 years. Their three children were the greatest reasons Judy began writing songs in the early 1980s. Believing that music is powerful and that children can learn much more than we often give them credit for, Judy began writing songs that were distinctively biblical, thought provoking, and melodically addicting! Wayne suggested that Judy write songs for the major themes of the Westminster Children's and Shorter Catechisms and, as they say, the rest is history.
Judy's music continues to minister to me even after years and years of having it accompany me in my car, at the gym, and even through my 25 years of homeschooling. In fact, my two youngest children could sing the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer long before they could recite them thanks to her first recording Why Can't I See God?. And this is a great comfort to me, knowing that the Word of God was planted and watered within them with the help of resources like Judy's music.
No, Christian education (whether through homeschooling or Christian schools) doesn't guarantee that there are no bumps, bruises, and detours along the way for our children. But, with a firm foundation laid in God's law-word and with the help of moms like Judy Rogers, God has given us the weapons of our warfare!!
- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected].